LEEDS — In the 1980s, University of Pennsylvania Associate Professor of Anthropology Dr. Robert Schuyler performed extensive archaeological work in Silver Reef. On Saturday, Schuyler will return to Silver Reef to host the first of several events taking place the next three weekends and revolving around his work and continued research on the site, including lectures, walking tours and archaeology workshops.
On Saturday at 10 a.m., Schuyler will conduct a lecture entitled “Silver Reef: Historical Archaeology of a 19th century mining community in the American West” followed by a walking tour. The lecture will be in the form of a PowerPoint presentation on the archaeological and archival exploration of Silver Reef, the largest mining town established in the 19th century in southwestern Utah. The discussion will cover work on The Elk Horn saloon, the Case-Wagner Drug Store and one of the leading restaurants — The Cosmopolitan — that operated in the town of over 1,000 people.
The following Friday, May 13, Schuyler and Silver Reef staff members will be holding an archaeological workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cosmopolitan building next to the Silver Reef Museum.
“We will be working on some of the collections,” Schuyler said. “People can come in, and we’ll show them what we’re doing and some of the artifacts.”
On May 14, Schuyler will present another PowerPoint lecture and walking tour. The lecture will be “The Elk Horn and a Miller whose front name was George: Archaeology and history of the Saloon business in Silver Reef” and will focus on the excavation of the most famous saloon in Silver Reef, the Elk Horn (1877-1893), and an outline of the archival findings on its owner, George Miller, and the 10 to 15 other saloon owners who served the town.
On May 20, Schuyler will host another archaeological workshop at the Cosmopolitan building.
All events are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated. Dr. Schuyler is available at other times by appointment. For appointments to meet with him or to sign up for the lectures, call 435-879-2254. Registration is also available online.
- What: Silver Reef archaeological lectures, walking tours and workshops presented by Dr. Robert Schuyler
- “Silver Reef: Historical Archaeology of a 19th century mining community in the American West” followed by walking tour | Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.
- “The Elk Horn and a Miller whose front name was George: Archaeology and history of the Saloon business in Silver Reef” followed by walking tour | Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.
- Archaeological workshops will be held Friday, May 13, and Friday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cosmopolitan building
- Where: Silver Reef Museum and Cosmopolitan building, 1903 Wells Fargo Road, Leeds
- All events are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.