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Springville to hold 2nd annual Heritage Days

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 4 2013 1:52 p.m. MDT

The second annual Heritage Days Celebration to commemorate the 164th anniversary of the founding of the city will be held Sept. 18-21.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Historical Society, Daughters of Utah Pioneers and the Springville Recreation Department will present the second annual Heritage Days Celebration Sept. 18-21.

The event will commemorate the 164th anniversary of the founding of the city.

Heritage Days kicks off from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the exhibition opening and launch of the Historical Society museum’s newest publication, The Springville Museum: A Place, Its People, and Their Collection. Dr. Vern G. Swanson and co-authors will be available for book signings. There will be tours and refreshments.

On Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. is a statue unveiling at the Springville Museum of Art of “Hear My Plea,” which will become a part of the Statues To Live By collection, followed by a lecture presentation by Shirlee Silversmith, director of the Utah Office of Indian Affairs. There also will be American Indian flute music by Gary Field, a special display of artwork by American Indian artists and works featuring American Indian life and culture will also be featured.

At 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, the third annual Chalk Around The Block will be held at the Civic Center, 110 S. Main. A square of sidewalk is assigned for children, families and groups to decorate. Bring sidewalk chalk. Refreshments will be provided.

There will then be a free outdoor screening of "Pocahontas" at Spring Acres Arts Park, 700 S. 1300 East. The gate opens at 7 p.m. and the show begins at dusk. With general admission seating, attendees should bring blankets and camp chairs.

Most events on Saturday, Sept. 21, will take place at the Civic Center Park, 50 S. Main. A mini canoe race at will take place at 10:30 a.m. where kids can decorate and float a paper canoes through the splash pad creek.

The Landmark Commission will sponsor self-guided walking tours to three historic buildings in downtown Springville from 10 a.m.-noon. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. the public can stroll through an authentic Native American village and vendor booths.

Throughout the day there will be musical entertainment and performances, including the Native American dance group Morning Star. The event will feature various free games, crafts and demonstrations. There will also be free popcorn, free homemade root beer, and free wooden nickels to spend at the penny candy store.

Volunteers ages 14 and up are needed to help with crafts, games, food and more. Contact sandyallison@gmail.com.

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