A recent project headed by Amber Swanson, assistant to the director of the Springville Public Library, to digitize copies of the Springville Herald Newspaper has now been published online. With a major grant from the Utah Department of Heritage and Art and additional funding and resources provided by the Springville Historical Society, Amber was able to have the earliest years of the Springville Herald (1924-1957) still known to exist digitized and made available online at http://digitalnewspapers.org/newspaper/?paper=Springville+Herald. The articles are searchable by topic and individual’s names. The grant was made possible by the Library Service and Technology Act; Utah Digital Newspapers Project made the online version happen. The imaging/digitizing was done by iArchives in Lindon, a company owned by Ancestry.com.
The Springville Historical Society is extremely grateful to Amber for spearheading this achievement and obtaining the grant to get these newspapers digitized. There are still many years of the Springville Herald at the historical society and the library to be completed and this project will go forward as fast as funds can be raised. It is hoped that individuals in the community will step forward with contributions designated for this purpose and any such donations can be arranged by contacting members of the Springville Historical Society Board , Daryl Tucker, President – 801-427-9318 or Helen Beardall, Secretary – 801-489-6989.
The Springville Historical Society will be holding another lecture series on the 4th Wednesday of each month from January through May. The lectures will be given at the Springville Museum of Art beginning at 7:00 pm each of those nights. A synopsis of each lecture is shown below:
Springville Historical Society – 2015 Lecture Series
January 28th – “Beyond Martin’s Cove” a lecture by Lyndia Carter will present historical information on the surviving members of the ill-fated handcart companies following their fabled rescue. Were their trials at an end, or just beginning is a question to be discussed.
February 25th – “What will Springville look like in 2025?” This intriguing lecture will take the form of a panel discussion involving participants from the community and representatives of Springville City on a variety of issues from population growth to impacts on our local natural resources and environment. Will we be facing apocalypse or utopia? You’d better come to find out!
March 25th – “30 Oaks Ranch – Past and Future,” a lecture by Lois Bartholomew will lay out the history of the area now being developed as Bartholomew Park. It sounds pretty tame, but wait until you hear the stories of deadly curves and perilous quicksand!
April 22nd – “The Chiefs of Springville” not to be confused with tribal leaders of the native American Indian populations will be a lecture on the history of the Chiefs of Police in our community since its founding. The lecture will be presented by Frank Weight who has been given unprecedented access to police department records to gather the stories for this event.
May 27th – “Utah Lake during the 1930s” is the lecture topic to be addressed by Robert Carter, Springville resident and noted Utah Valley historian. The lake to our west has a much more fascinating history than you might expect. Plan on sitting in on this lecture and find out just how much you never knew about this important neighboring body of water.