Public invited to hear history of Old Spanish Trail

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ST. GEORGE — The intriguing history of the Old Spanish Trail through Utah and Arizona, as told by a historian who has studied and traveled the trail for more than 40 years, is the topic at a free, public event Monday at Dixie State University.

Steven Heath will share his research and knowledge at the October meeting of the President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University Monday at noon in Lecture Hall 156 of the Taylor Health Science Center, 1526 E. Medical Center Drive. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

A past president of the Old Spanish Trail Association, Heath recently served as Utah Director of the Association. Additionally, he co-wrote “Driving the Old Spanish Trail through Utah and Arizona” and has published studies on Old Spanish Trail travelers Antonio Armigo, William Knight and Jefferson Hunt.

A Utah native, Heath earned master’s degrees in mathematics and history from the University of Utah and taught mathematics at Southern Utah University for 34 years.

Heath has written on the life of scientist Dr. Henry Eyring, who was a physical chemist at Princeton University and the University of Utah. He also did a major study for Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument on the life and works of Yale geologist Dr. Herbert E. Gregory, who conducted pioneering studies in geology in Southern Utah and northern Arizona.

Heath has special interests in the history of Utah’s national parks and monuments, the history of baseball, the history of Mormonism and the history of mathematics. Heath and his wife, Donna, who have lived in Washington City for seven and a half years, have four children, 16 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Event details

  • What: The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University lecture featuring Steven Heath.
  • When: Monday, Oct. 3, 12 p.m.
  • Where: Lecture Hall 156, Taylor Health Science Center, 1526 E. Medical Center Drive, St. George.
  • Admission: Free to the public.
  • Dixie State University online.

About The President’s Colleagues of Dixie State University

The President’s Colleagues of DSU was established more than 20 years ago by former Dixie State President Dr. Douglas Alder and meets once a month during Dixie State’s academic year to hear presentations from retired professors, area professionals and invited guests.  

To learn more about Dixie State University, visit DSU online.

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  • .... October 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    This is awesome I have been looking forward to this. This will be an exciting family activity. this will be very exciting for anyone there. ..Praise the Lord !

    • Real Life October 2, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      The pills have you babbling again.

  • .... October 3, 2016 at 2:29 am

    The family is really excited about this. we have friends coming from out of town to participate we are so blessed to be living in a community such as St George.

  • Real Life October 3, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Sure you do. Blah blah blah

  • .... October 3, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    This was a fantastic gathering. This was a very successful gathering of people that are always interested in the days of old and to learn new things. .we’ll had a very pleasant time and it was very exciting. I was absolutely thrilled. ( thank you )

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