Next Wednesday evening, the 28th, will be our February Springville Historical Society lecture. Lee Taylor will be presenting on the Red and Blue student magazines authored by Springville High School students near the time that the original high school was opened. Lee will have a large number of fascinating slides to illustrate his presentation. The lecture is free to the public and everyone is invited to be at the Springville Museum of Art next Wednesday at 7:00 pm.
Floyd Miner of the Springville Historical Society will present a lecture on “The Twelve Wives of Aaron Johnson” on April 26, 2017 at the Springville Museum of Art. The lecture will begin at 7:00 pm.
Mr. Miner is a direct descendant of Aaron Johnson, the leader of the first group of settlers to make their home on the banks of Hobble Creek in 1850. Aaron was also the first LDS bishop in Springville.
The histories of Bishop Johnson’s wives are sometimes lacking in specific details, but each had an interesting role to play in the development of the community. And the subsequent generations of children that came from these unions, carry the names of many of the families that continue to make up a significant portion of the local population.
It promises to be a very interesting evening for all who can attend. The meeting will be in the lower level of the Springville Museum of Art and is open and free to the public. Also happening on the same evening is the opening of the Spring Art Salon at the Museum which opens at 6 pm. Patrons may want to come early to take advantage of the beautiful art on display before attending the lecture.
Springville Historical Society – 2015 Lecture Series
January 28th – “Beyond Martin’s Cove” a lecture by Lyndia Carter will present historical information on the surviving members of the ill-fated handcart companies following their fabled rescue. Were their trials at an end, or just beginning is a question to be discussed.
February 25th – “What will Springville look like in 2025?” This intriguing lecture will take the form of a panel discussion involving participants from the community and representatives of Springville City on a variety of issues from population growth to impacts on our local natural resources and environment. Will we be facing apocalypse or utopia? You’d better come to find out!
March 25th – “The history of 30 Oaks Ranch,” a lecture by Lois Bartholomew will lay out the history of the area now being developed as Bartholomew Park. It sounds pretty tame, but wait until you hear the stories of deadly curves and perilous quicksand!
April 22nd – “The Chiefs of Springville” not to be confused with tribal leaders of the native American Indian populations will be a lecture on the history of the Chiefs of Police in our community since its founding. The lecture will be presented by Frank Weight who has been given unprecedented access to police department records to gather the stories for this event.
May 27th – “Utah Lake during the 1930s” is the lecture topic to be addressed by Robert Carter, Springville resident and noted Utah Valley historian. The lake to our west has a much more fascinating history than you might expect. Plan on sitting in on this lecture and find out just how much you never knew about this important neighboring body of water.
Nothing in an arid climate creates more discussion than water. Who owns the water we pay for on our monthly utility bill? Where does it come ? Who makes the rules that govern water usage and what is the future of our water supply? These and many other questions will be the subject of the Springville Historical Society’s April lecture. The lecture will be held in the Youth Gallery (downstairs) of the Springville Museum of Art on Wednesday evening, April 24th at 7 p.m. Floyd Miner has spent a considerable amount of time researching Springville’s water history and the ramifications of water in the arid west. He will share his extensive knowledge and perhaps answer many of our questions in what promises to be a very interesting lecture.
F. Keith Davis will be presenting the March lecture for the Springville Historical Society on Wednesday evening, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Youth Gallery of the Springville Museum of Art. Mr. Davis served with the 16th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, part of the American forces who battled German troops across Europe during World War II. He will recount his experiences at the Battle of the Bulge and an especially moving first-hand account of arriving at the Ohrdruf concentration camp, the first to be liberated by American forces.
This promises to be one of the highlights of this season’s lecture series and an opportunity to hear from one of the eyewitnesses to these momentous events that are part of our nation’s history.
The Springville Historical Society lecture for February will concern the history of The Springville Herald. The lecture will be given by Christi Babbitt who has a personal connection with The Springville Herald as a long-time reporter and member of the Conover family who were the publishers of the newspaper for generations. The Springville Historical Society considers its collection of Springville Herald copies to be one of its most valuable assets. Our bound copies of the newspaper go back as far as the 1930s and document almost all of the important events that occurred in Springville and Mapleton until the Provo Daily Herald, then owner, decided to discontinue publishing The Springville Herald a few years ago. Christi’s lecture is bound to feature many interesting historical highlights and stories about publishing a local community newspaper.
Springville Historical Society will, once again be hosting a lecture series on the 4th Wednesday of the month, January through May. The lectures will be held in the Youth Gallery on the lower level of the Springville Museum of Art. The lectures will begin at 7:00 p.m. The January 23, 2013 lecture will be on the subject of the Wolf Village Fremont Indian excavation being conducted near Goshen.
Lindsay Johannson, a Masters Degree candidate in Archaeology at BYU, will be the guest lecturer. Lindsay was the supervisor at the excavation site for three seasons of research. She will provide slides and artifacts to illustrate her lecture. The Wolf Village site is thought to have been occupied from about 400 A.D. until 1300 A.D.