Springville and the History of Water in the West



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.


March Lecture – A Soldier’s WWII Experiences

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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 Herald – February History Lecture

Lee Taylor searching an old copy of the Springville Herald

Lee Taylor searching an old copy of the Springville Herald

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 Lecture Series for 2013

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.

Fremont Indian Village Excavation

(Photo from fremontfarmers.blogspot.com)