Historic St. George Live! begins 24th year of entertaining, educating

Pioneers harvest corn in this historical photo that is part of historian Lynee Clark's collection, location and date not specified | File photo courtesy of the Silver Reef Museum, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — Although there are no living memories of St. George pioneers such as Brigham Young, Erastus Snow, Orson Pratt or Jacob Hamblin, residents and visitors to St. George can see history come alive through actors in period dress at Historic St. George Live! beginning Saturday and going through Aug. 31.

Inside the McQuarrie Memorial Museum in St. George maintained by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. The museum is bursting at the seams with pioneer-era relics and history, St. George, Utah, July 21, 2017 | File photo by Mori Kessler. St. George News

Guests will encounter the pioneer settlers in historic buildings around town Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 a.m. starting at the Pioneer Center for the Arts located at 47 E. 200 North.

“It can be refreshing to acquaint yourself with the history of St. George,” said Angie Mason, community arts events coordinator.

“The pioneers set the tone 150 years ago for what we would become – a thriving and active community in one of the most gorgeous settings in the United States. Their stories deserve to be heard.”

Visitors are taken back to 1870 with historic facts and artifacts such as a replicated odometer that pioneers used to count the miles on the wheels of their wagons. At the Pioneer Courthouse, visitors will witness a trial for someone misusing a water turn, showing the importance of irrigation.

New this year are cotton spinners and a Native American flute player, who will begin performing 15 minutes ahead of the tour.

This is a great way to mix fun and learning,” Mason said. “It’s a terrific experience for the entire family.”

Stops at the St. George Tabernacle, Pioneer Opera House, the Brigham Young Winter Home and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum are included in the tour. Buses are provided.

Tickets can be purchased at the St. George Art Museum prior to the 10 a.m. tours. The cost is $3 for anyone 12 and older. Children 11 and under are free with paying adult. Each ticket is also good for one admission to the St. George Art Museum. There are no tours July 4 or July 24.

For special tours and more information call 435-627-4510.

Event details

  • What: Historic St. George Live! 24th year tours.
  • When: June 1 to August 31, starting at 10 a.m.
  • Where: Pioneer Center for the Arts, 47 E. 200 North, St. George
  • Cost: $3 for anyone 12 or older. Children 11 and under are free with adult admission.
  • For more information call 435-627-4510.

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