UTAH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, ARTS & LETTERS
2013 Annual Excursion
Indians, Mountain Men, and Settlers
We will meet at the visitors center (main building) of American West Heritage Center at 9 a.m. on June 1. The center is located in Cache Valley on US 89-91 just a few miles northeast of Wellsville on the north side of the highway. It is well marked. Between 9 am and noon, we will tour the settler and mountain man exhibits with the assistance of some expert guides and participate in hands-on activities including mountain man activities (hatchet throwing, etc.) and early farming activities. There are two settlement periods represented, early settlement (@1860), and the 1917 Jensen Historical Farm. The Jensen Historical Farm has an authentic farm house and other buildings, a lot of period equipment, including steam tractors and threshers and a kerosene tractor, along with all the other machines and equipment used during that period. In addition, there are lots of farm animals and rides on ponies and a narrow-gauge railroad.
The Elements Restaurant is catering our noon meal, which will be a very nice dutch oven dinner with a vegetarian option. After lunch, we will learn about the economy and culture of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, the group native to Northern Utah. This activity--led by a representative of the Northwestern Band--will include interpretative exhibits and hands-on opportunities describing Shoshone life and culture. We will also learn about the Bear River Massacre and will travel to the massacre site as our final activity of the day. The cost is $30 per person, which includes the activities at the American West Heritage Center and the meal. You are encouraged to invite family and friends. We will need a count of how many from your group will attend and whether you prefer a vegetarian meal. Payment can be made on the web page or by check, if you prefer. Hope to see you all there. It will be an informative and enjoyable day.
To register for the excursion using a credit card or to pay by check click here. Registrations must be received by 2:00 PM on May 29.
Participants in the 2013 Annual Conference are eligble to submit papers for inclusion in the Journal of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters.
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