May is Archaeology & Preservation month in Utah and we’re ready to celebrate! Many parks, museums, historical sites and cities throughout the state have events planned. With a few perfect locations in our community, Cedar City is joining in the fun!
Scheduled events for Archaeology Month are avilable through May 13th, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate on your own. We’ve put together this list of places and ways to celebrate our heritage.
What will you discover when you step off the beaten path in search of the past?
Well…there’s only one way to find out!
Utah Archaeology Month Upcoming Event
Artifact Discovery Night
Monday, May 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Archaeology Repository, Room 101-A, ELC, SUU Campus
This is a rare, hands-on opportunity to see artifacts excavated by the SUU field school over the past 50 years!
Exhibit available at the Cedar City Library throughout the month:
Navajo Children Weaving the Future | Traveling exhibit of woven rugs created by young Navajo children.
The children are educated in the traditional art form through the Adopt-an-Elder Program.
Throughout the month there are plenty of places to explore to get in on the Archaeology & Preservation month spirit. From museums, historical sites, exhibits, and statues there’s plenty of history on display throughout Cedar City and our surrounding area.
5 Places for Your Historical Tour of Cedar City
FRONTIER HOMESTEAD STATE PARK
Experience time travel through the Homestead’s massive collection of horse drawn vehicles. YOu can imagine yourself as a stage coach driver, or a pioneer cr4ossing the plains in a covered wagon. Experience life on the frontier with interactive displays and exhibits dedicated to pioneer life.
The Frontier Homestead is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm and the cost is $4 per person.
THE PAROWAN GAP
Wind, water and sand carved out this natural passageway that was once used as a major thoroughfare by ancient Native Americans. The different cultures are evident by the hundreds of petroglyphs carved into the Gap. Researchers have identified solar and lunar calendars as well as hunting and cultural glyphs. Did we mention that there are dinosaur tracks too? Because there are dinosaur tracks!
What more could you want out of one location?!
Directions: From Cedar City drive 13 miles north on Hwy U-130, head west on Parowan Gap road for 2.5 miles.
OLD IRON TOWN
Old Iron Town tells the incredible story of southern Utah’s historic mining industry. While visiting the park, tour the ruins of the iron works and a preserved beehive shaped charcoal oven and stroll along the nature trail. Before embarking on you journey to Old Iron Town we strongly encourage visitors to stop by the Frontier Homestead State Park Museum to obtain a better understanding of the area.
PAROWAN HERITAGE PARK
This park features a natural spring, several bronze monuments and statues as well as interpretive plaques to tell the history of Iron County and the pioneer settlement of the Southwest. As Southern Utah’s Mother Town, Parowan is rich in history and many of their historical sites are within walking distance from this park. With over 40 preserved historic buildings, the oldest building in Southern Utah (the Parowan Old Rock Church) and a working pioneer farmstead, Parowan is a great destination for Archaeology & Preservation month.
The park is open year round from 8 am to 10 pm and is located at 89 West Hwy U-91, Parowan Ut.
HISTORIC SCULPTURE TOUR | HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
When strolling along Cedar City’s Main Street and Historic Downtown you may notice that some of the city’s locally owned shops and restaurants have bronze guests standing by their store front. These statues can be found from Center Street (University Boulevard) down to the Main Street Park and represent some founders and key historical figures in Cedar City. Without these individuals Cedar City would be a very different place.