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TWO MEETINGS OF INTEREST TO OUR MEMBERS
Mining Landscapes- Everett Bassett, presenter
Senior Archaeologist, Transcon Environmental
The Electric Theater, 68 E Tabernacle St
Saint George, UT
These FREE lectures are sponsored by City of St. George and Arts to Zion / Southern Utah! (registration is suggested, space limited - sign up at http://tinyurl.com/WashingtonCountyWorks)
Silver Reef Museum 435.879.2254
: This presentation will provide a tour of historic mining landscapes, worldwide, from the prehistoric through the Classical, Medieval, and Modern periods. Historic Western mining landscapes, especially Silver Reef, will be examined in greater detail. Variation in these landscapes over time due to changes in economy, ethnology, and technology will be discussed.
The unique Silver Reef mining district consists of a series of “reefs,” noted for the uncommon occurrence of ore-grade silver chloride within sandstone. This tabular material has produced unique “stacked” waste piles, more similar to architectural structures than the usual “slumped” mining landscape seen throughout the West. At the same time (1860s-1890s) there was massive deforestation of the region for use as charcoal and for mine props.
Reclamation during 1996 to 1997, involved the closure of 465 mine closures at Silver Reef. While closures have been implemented for safety reasons, they are designed in such a way as to preserve the 19th Century mining landscape rather than that of 21st Century reclamation.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER:
Everett Bassett was born in Washington D.C. and currently lives in San Francisco where he is a Senior Archaeologist for Transcon Environmental. He has conducted archaeological excavations in Egypt, Sudan, Great Britain, Australia, and throughout the United States. Since 1995 he has identified, recorded, and analyzed over 4,000 historic mines in Utah. In 2015, Everett’s research resulted in the location of the original massacre sites and mass graves associated with the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre.
This event is part of Washington County Works!, a county-wide historical tour and celebration of work that accompanies the
Smithsonian traveling exhibition The Way We Worked , stopping in Leeds from September 16 to November 4, 2017
at the Silver Reef Museum.
The Way We Worked, a traveling exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian, US National Archives and Utah Humanities, is touring in partnership with the Silver Reef Museum and Arts to Zion.
For more information about the traveling exhibit, see www.utahhumanities.org.
YOU ARE ALSO INVITED TO ATTEND:
Finding Common Ground on Public Lands
Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Can we get together with a diverse group of public lands users and find common values? We think it’s possible
Conserve Southwest Utah has partnered with the Dixie State University Sustainability Club to present a half day Conservation Forum. Opening speaker: David Jenkins, President,Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship. Closing speaker: Dr. George Handley, Associate Dean, BYU College of Humanities.
Participants will share their ideas on public lands in facilitated roundtable discussions. The goal is to bring together people with differing views on the management and use of public lands to findshared values by talking civilly face-to-face, and to propose solutions to issues that divide us.
You are welcome to attend either talk or the discussion groups, as your time allows. Bring a friend or an associate with a different view on public lands. Let's get together and find some common ground!
8:00-8:30 AM - Check-in & continental breakfast
8:30-8:45 AM - Welcome
8:45-9:30 AM - Opening Speaker: David Jenkins
9:30-11:00 AM - Facilitated Roundtable Discussions
11:00-11:15 AM - Break
11:15 AM-Noon - Roundtable Summaries & Presentations
Noon-1:00 PM - Closing Speaker: Dr. George Handley
ÂSeating is limited. Sign up at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/finding-common-ground-on-public-lands-tickets-36528696314?aff=mcivte
Early Bird Registration $10 (closes September 5th)
Regular Registration $15 (closes September 15th)
Free admission with $35 or more donation to Conserve Southwest Utah when registering
DSU students free at door with valid student I.D.
DSU parking passes will be provided
Kenneth N. Gardner Student Center Ballroom
Dixie State University
South 900 East
St. George, UT 84770
Land Program Manager/ SUNCLF Director
Conserve Southwest Utah
(Citizens for Dixie's Future)
321 North Mall Drive, B202
St. George, Utah 84790