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Chris Oravec
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This is a series of messages recently posted on our Facebook Page, "Dixie Archaeology Society." As you can see, we have a living, active history.


History in a Minute: The founding of the Dixie Archaeology Society. The earliest known founder was Jennifer L. Jack 1951-1987, a specialist with the BLM. When she came to St. George there was no private organization in SW Utah dedicated to archaeology and rock art. "She was instrumental in organizing the Dixie Chapter of the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society which has been renamed the Jennifer Jack Dixie Chapter in her honor. She served as the chapter's advisor and taught their first certification class. Jennifer was always generous with her time and knowledge," according to an early USAS newsletter. Our Society is no longer affiliated directly with either the BLM or USAS, but Jennifer's spirit lives on in our membership.

Kevin Jones: Jennifer Jack was instrumental in helping build and support the St George avocational archaeology community. She brought high energy and a friendly, welcoming attitude. Her loss at a young age was a blow to the archaeological community, and the St George chapter of USAS honored her by including her in their chapter name

Chelsea Van Noy Clarkson: My Grandpa moved to St. George in the mid 80s and became a member of the Archeology Society. Summers and any other holiday spent here with him were always filled with hikes to explore petroglyphs in the area. I remember helping with an excavation site along with grandpa near Southgate golf course and going to see one near Hildale. All of these fun memories I have and my love for exploring and taking my kids to these places is in part of the society organized here that Grandpa fell in love with. Thank you to all!

Barbara Walling Frank: I remember, and worked with, Jennifer. She was a wonderful woman; so passionate about archaeology. I enjoyed working with her. And I was working on the site near Hildale, probably met your Grandpa, Chelsea. We had many great volunteers from the chapter through the years, thanks to Jennifer's initial work.


A picture of Jennifer Jack may be found shortly in the photo gallery on this website. It and the quotation above come from Betsy L. Tipps, "Memorial to Jennifer L. Jack (1951-1987)" in Utah Archaeology, Vol. 1 No. 1, by the Utah State Archaeological Society, the Utah Professional Archaeolgical Council, and the Utah Division of State History.1988, pp. 3-4. Thanks to Kevin, Chelsea and Barbara for adding to the story.

June 28, 2017 at 2:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Chris Oravec
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Posts: 124

Chris Oravec at June 28, 2017 at 2:01 PM

This is a series of messages recently posted on our Facebook Page, "Dixie Archaeology Society." As you can see, we have a living, active history.


History in a Minute: The founding of the Dixie Archaeology Society. The earliest known founder was Jennifer L. Jack 1951-1987, a specialist with the BLM. When she came to St. George there was no private organization in SW Utah dedicated to archaeology and rock art. "She was instrumental in organizing the Dixie Chapter of the Utah Statewide Archaeological Society which has been renamed the Jennifer Jack Dixie Chapter in her honor. She served as the chapter's advisor and taught their first certification class. Jennifer was always generous with her time and knowledge," according to an early USAS newsletter. Our Society is no longer affiliated directly with either the BLM or USAS, but Jennifer's spirit lives on in our membership.

Kevin Jones: Jennifer Jack was instrumental in helping build and support the St George avocational archaeology community. She brought high energy and a friendly, welcoming attitude. Her loss at a young age was a blow to the archaeological community, and the St George chapter of USAS honored her by including her in their chapter name

Chelsea Van Noy Clarkson: My Grandpa moved to St. George in the mid 80s and became a member of the Archeology Society. Summers and any other holiday spent here with him were always filled with hikes to explore petroglyphs in the area. I remember helping with an excavation site along with grandpa near Southgate golf course and going to see one near Hildale. All of these fun memories I have and my love for exploring and taking my kids to these places is in part of the society organized here that Grandpa fell in love with. Thank you to all!

Barbara Walling Frank: I remember, and worked with, Jennifer. She was a wonderful woman; so passionate about archaeology. I enjoyed working with her. And I was working on the site near Hildale, probably met your Grandpa, Chelsea. We had many great volunteers from the chapter through the years, thanks to Jennifer's initial work.


A picture of Jennifer Jack may be found shortly in the photo gallery on this website. It and the quotation above come from Betsy L. Tipps, "Memorial to Jennifer L. Jack (1951-1987)" in Utah Archaeology, Vol. 1 No. 1, by the Utah State Archaeological Society, the Utah Professional Archaeolgical Council, and the Utah Division of State History.1988, pp. 3-4. Thanks to Kevin, Chelsea and Barbara for adding to the story.

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