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Chris Oravec
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Mining Landscapes- Everett Bassett, presenter

Senior Archaeologist, Transcon Environmental

9/2/2017 (Saturday)

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)


: 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.


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.


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


Susan Crook

Land Program Manager/ SUNCLF Director


mobile 435-773-7920

Conserve Southwest Utah

(Citizens for Dixie's Future)

321 North Mall Drive, B202

St. George, Utah 84790

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