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Oct22

Brent Godfrey Solo Exhibiton

Oct 16, 2014 - Nov 15 , 2014
In "Personae" Godfrey reflects upon who we are as individuals and communities. His figures move through…
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Oct22

Catch Me If You Can

Oct 8, 2014 - Nov 29 , 2014
A Regional Premiere! Fresh from Broadway! This high-flying musical sings the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. ...is he…
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Oct22

Cornbelly's Corn Maze and…

Oct 3, 2014 - Nov 1 , 2014
Cornbelly's is Utah's most popular Halloween destination. You're sure to be lost, laughin' and lovin it…
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Oct22

Damn Yankees

Oct 2, 2014 - Nov 22 , 2014
This rousing musical about America's favorite pastime knocks it out of the park! Hit songs and doubleheaders tell…
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Oct22

Hallow's Eve Exhibit

Oct 14, 2014 - Nov 9 , 2014
"Hallow's Eve" Exhibit at the Urban Arts Gallery The Utah Arts Alliance is proud to present…
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Oct22

Haunted Village

Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 31 , 2014
There are a few haunted houses around, but only one Haunted Village! The most anticipated haunting of the season is at…
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Oct22

Here and Over There: The…

Oct 10, 2014 - Dec 7 , 2014
 An exhibition from Special Collections recognizing the history and humanity of World War I,  or The Great…
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Oct22

Homestead Paranormal…

Oct 22, 2014 - Oct 22 , 2014
A rare opportunity to join members of Southern Utah Paranormal (SUP) as they investigate Frontier Homestead State Park…
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Oct22

Resident on Display

Oct 10, 2014 - Nov 25 , 2014
Resident on Display: See the amazing talents of South Jordan residents as they display their artwork and photography.…
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Oct22

Strangling Brothers Haunted…

Oct 4, 2014 - Nov 1 , 2014
Strangling Brothers Haunted Circus will roll into town on Friday, September 12 with a larger and more frightening…
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Oct22

The Marriage of Figaro

Oct 18, 2014 - Oct 25 , 2014
Mozart composed “The Marriage of Figaro” in 1786 to a libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. The opera takes place…
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Oct22

Thriller

Oct 10, 2014 - Nov 1 , 2014
Odyssey Dance Theatre is excited to bring its popular Halloween Spectacular Thriller to several locations in…
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Oct22

Wiggle Worms

Oct 1, 2014 - Oct 29 , 2014
Wiggle Worms is a lively program of stories, songs, shakers and parachutes for infants and toddlers up to 2.5 years of…
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Oct22

Wild Wednesdays: Batty about…

Oct 22, 2014 - Oct 22 , 2014
Utah has 18 species or kinds of bats! Kick off the Halloween season by learning about these misunderstood and amazing…
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Oct22

Witch Fest

Oct 1, 2014 - Oct 31 , 2014
Historic Gardner Village in West Jordan gets bewitched for Halloween with dozens of creative life-size witches and fun…
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John Wesley Powell - Utah History

A Tradition of Adventure

From native peoples to John Wesley Powell, Utahns are history makers and that continues today.see more »

Utah History and Culture

In 1847, when Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley he declared, "This is the place" ...years later we still believe that!

Some consider that the heritage of Utah goes way back to the age of dinosaurs. Indeed, fossilized evidence is abundant in our state. Human cultures came later. Utah's Puebloan cultures, the Anasazi and Fremont culture, date back to 1,200 A.D. and our lands are rich with evidence of their lives found in rock art - pictographs and petroglyphs - left behind on rock walls, as well as in the ruins of their homes and villages. Other Native American cultures, Ute, Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone, and Navajo have continued to contribute to Utah's rich heritage. At the time of the American Revolution, Spanish priests explored and brought Christianity to the native populations in what is now Utah. Trappers, mountain men and traders followed. Then, in 1847, Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley and soon established settlements throughout the intermountain west. Twelve years later, the first transcontinental railroad was completed in Utah, and immigration to the region grew tremendously.

On January 4th, 1896, Utah achieved statehood. These early cultures formed the warp and woof of the tapestry that is Utah. Known today for its growing, tech-savvy, education-minded, and recreation-oriented workforce, Utah is one of the most affordable, clean, safe and livable states in the country. Yet, despite our growing leadership in science, technology, and the arts, it is the echoes of the past that make Utah's culture a rich fabric of myriad hues and textures.

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