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May 2020

History Speaks Lecture: “Agriculture in Park City” is NOW ONLINE

May 16 - June 24

Join our FIRST Online Lecture - "Agriculture In Park City" Our popular "History Speaks" Lecture Series is back! Join Executive Director Sandra Morrison as she explores Park City's settlers' challenges in living off the land. Compared to the vast corn fields of the Great Plains or the fertile valleys of Central California, Utah's agricultural economy is tiny. Yet reminders of our early agricultural endeavors surround us. From the tiny shed near the corner of Old Ranch Road to the magnificent…

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“Shiny Rock to Silver Bars: A Brief History and Explanation of Milling and Refining in Park City” Lecture NOW ONLINE

May 28 - June 30

How were the ores mined in Park City turned into silver, lead or gold bars? Why were they crushed and concentrated? Mining Engineer Donovan Symonds offers practical demonstrations and slides to explain the processes involved in sorting the ores into concentrates and waste rock. Early prospectors used simple sorting methods compared to the complex processes used in the Silver King and California Comstock Mills. The refining process was predominantly conducted in large furnaces in the Salt Lake Valley and a…

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“Thomas Kearns: Rags to Riches Miner” Lecture now available ONLINE

May 28 - June 30

Tom Kearns is a hero of the old west, rags-to-riches miner, U.S. Senator, and rail road magnate. He clearly loved newspapers, garnering his first press mention in 1880 at the age of 18. and  subsequently owning The Salt Lake Tribune  There is a wealth of information in period newspapers that provide additional insight into Tom’s history, including previously undiscovered wild-west stories from his youth back in O’Neill, Nebraska. Presented by Sandy Brumley  whose principal qualifications for this Tom Kearns project…

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