Mountains and Park City Tour

Mountains and Park City Tour



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Get to know the majestic Wasatch Mountains and deepen your understanding of the transformation of Park City, the historic silver mining town turned premier sports destination and cultural zone. This unique tour, organized by Utah Humanities, provides participants with an opportunity to hear from Eileen Hallet Stone, an award-winning author and historian, while traveling through the Wasatch Mountains. Tour participants will follow a part of the original – and daunting – route taken by Mormon pioneers in 1847, to Utah Olympic Park and the Olympic Park Museums: Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games Museum.

After the Olympic museums, participants will head to Park City’s historic Main Street, the original commerce hub from Park City’s history and home to many of Park City’s festivals and markets, including the Kimball Arts Festival, Park Silly Sunday Market, and the Sundance Film Festival, founded by Robert Redford. At its prime, this mining city saw more than 400 million dollars worth of silver extracted, created more than 20 millionaires, including George Hearst, father of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and now boasts sixty-four buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Participants will have an hour to tour and dine on Main Street then will meet back at the Park City Museum for a welcome and orientation before touring the museums on their own. The Park City Museum documents the history of the city’s transformation from mining camp to the 2002 host of the Olympics.

The entire tour is from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The cost per person is $50.

Learn More About the Historian Eileen Hallet Stone
Transplanted from New England, Utah-based writer Eileen Hallet Stone’s award-winning projects include issues of equity, community stories and ethnic histories. She is an independent lecturer, and a project scholar for Utah Humanities. Her collected stories in A Homeland in the West: Utah Jews Remember were developed into a photo-documentary exhibit for the 2002 Winter Olympic Cultural Olympiad Arts Festival in Salt Lake City. Her earlier book, Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah, co-authored with Leslie Kelen, has been extensively used by Utah educators to diversify the curriculum. Her commentary is featured in the 2015 documentary film, Carvalho’s Journey. Her latest books, Historic Tales of Utah (2016) and Hidden History of Utah (2013), are compilations from the weekly “Living History” column she writes for the Salt Lake Tribune.

Please note that these times and activities may adjust slightly

9:30 am: Board bus in front of the Hilton Salt Lake City Center (conference hotel) and depart to the Olympic Museum and Alf Engen Ski Museum (Meet bus in the front of the hotel)

10:15 am: Arrive at the Olympic and Alf Engen Ski Museums for welcome and orientation

10:30 to 11:30 am: Tour the museums at your own pace

11:30 am: Board bus and depart for Park City, Utah

12:15 pm: Arrive in Park City and have lunch at one of the many restaurants on the historic Main Street.

1:15 pm: Meet at the Park City Museum at 528 Main Street for welcome and orientation

1:30 pm: Tour the museum at your own pace

2:30 pm: Board the bus for departure back to the hotel

3:30 pm: Arrive back at the conference hotel

The Watasch Mountains
One of Travel and Leisure’s “Best Places to Visit in 2015,” the Wasatch Range marks the western edge of the Rocky Mountains. The range is home to world-class ski resorts, multiple mountaineering locations, and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. Visitors can explore the peaks and valleys of the range while looking at breathtaking views of both downtown Salt Lake City and Park City.

Olympic Park
The site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Utah Olympic Park currently offers visitors year-round outdoor and indoor activities. From museum viewing to bobsledding to ski-jumping, there are activities for all guests’ interests. The park still serves as a training center as well, offering camps and workshops to winter athletes of all skill levels. Events include freestyle ski-jumping shows and guided tours of the venue and grounds.

Alf Engen Ski Museum
The Alf Engen Ski Museum is one of the few regional ski museums in the United States, and the museum houses an extensive collection on the history of skiing in the Wasatch Range as well as the Intermountain Region (Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada). The collection features interactive exhibits, such as a “Peak Conditions” display, which forecasts when the best skiing powder will hit the mountain. Also located in the museum is the Intermountain Ski Hall of Fame, commemorating individuals who have contributed greatly to winter sports in the area.

The Salt Lake 2002 Winter Games Museum
Housed inside of the Alf Engen Ski Museum, the Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum showcases nearly every detail of the 2002 Olympics, from exhibits presenting the banner art from the Opening Ceremonies to photo displays commemorating the volunteers that made the games possible. Visitors are invited to relive the excitement and triumph of the 2002 Olympics in the same mountains as the games were held.

Historic Park City and Main Street
Nestled in a valley in the Wasatch Range, Park City has a storied past, beginning as a silver mining town before re-inventing itself as a ski town and host to the Sundance Film Festival. At the center of Park City is the Historic Main Street, home to many unique and independent businesses. Visitors can dine at restaurants offering a wide selection of cuisines before exploring some of the many art galleries, bookshops, and boutiques that line Main Street.

Park City Museum
Offering nine permanent exhibits and one rotating exhibition space, the Park City Museum showcases the history and development of the town from its mining days to the present day. The museum is located in the old City Hall, giving visitors a chance to view the exhibits in an actual piece of Park City’s history. Visitors can even step into the actual jail cells used to house prisoners during the city’s beginnings.