Office of Community & Academic Enrichment

Iron Springs Sunday Brunch and History Experience

Enjoy summer Sunday mornings with experts in local history, archaeology, and culture offering presentations and conversation over brunch. The brunch menu will be created by a guest chef from Bowman's Cowboy Kitchen at Iron Springs Adventure Resort.


Summer 2019

SU / 10:00 am
Cost: $29 each OR $119 series
Dates: Multiple (See info below)

Location: Iron Springs Adventure Resort
Teacher: Multiple


Dates and Descriptions

6/16/2019 – Evan Jones

Evan Jones will tell the story of iron mining in Iron County beginning with the Iron Mission and Old Iron Town in the 1850s, and as recent as the closure of Geneva Steel in 2002 and the CML mine in 2014. His presentation includes a number of photos from each of the different mining periods over the years.

Evan Jones spent his 40-year career working in the mining industry as a chief engineer, superintendent, manager, and vice-president. He worked for Utah Construction and Mining Company at the iron mines in Iron County, the coal mines in Northwest New Mexico, the Black Thunder and Coal Creek mines in Gillette Wyoming for ARCO Coal Company, and in Australia for the world’s largest resource company, Broken Hill Proprietary (BHP). He earned a civil engineering degree from Utah State University and an MBA from Colorado State University. He authored the book “Iron Mining and Manufacturing in Utah,” which focuses on Iron County’s 160-year history of iron mining.

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6/23/2019 – Ryan Paul, Museum Curator for Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, Adjunct Professor of History, Southern Utah University

Ryan Paul will present images and stories of Cedar City’s oldest buildings and other community activities that provide a glimpse into our past. Over the years, Cedar City and its residents have constructed a variety of buildings and events that reflect a commitment to community. From public to private and secular to sacred the architecture of Cedar City tells the story of a group of citizens that created an oasis in the desert, forged out of iron and built on the foundation of belief, art, and business.

Ryan Paul is the museum curator for Frontier Homestead State Park Museum and an adjunct professor of history at Southern Utah University (SUU). He is working on a book about the employees of the Utah Parks Company, and has written five documentary films, authored the 50th anniversary book of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, lectured across the state as a Utah Humanities Council Road Scholar, and created a number of museum exhibits. He earned a master’s degree in history from the University of Mississippi and a master’s degree in arts administration from SUU.

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6/30/2019 – Paula Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Library Media for SUU

Paula Mitchell will tell the story of how a unique partnership between the Union Pacific Railroad, National Park Service, and Utah Parks Company helped develop tourism in southern Utah. This partnership helped create the Grand Circle Tour where visitors were able to travel by train to Cedar City to experience Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Paula Mitchell has worked in Special Collections at the Gerald R. Sherratt Library at Southern Utah University (SUU) since 2001. In 2014, she became Assistant Professor of Library Media/Special Collections Librarian. She teaches children's literature and information literacy at SUU.

Ms. Mitchell has been a certified archivist since 2007 and is a graduate of the Preservation Management Institute at Rutgers University.

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7/7/2019 – Lyman D. Platt, Historian, Genealogist, Author, Ph.D

Lyman Platt, Ph.D. will discuss the significance of the history of Harmony Valley, including the timeline of its early settlement in southern Utah and the history of John D. Lee and his role in building Fort Harmony, assisting the Paiute Indians with farming, polygamy, and the Mountain Meadows massacre.

Lyman D. Platt is a historian and has authored numerous publications, including books, technical manuals, articles, and manuscripts. He retired from employment in 2009 as director of the Kolob Family Research Center, but has continued his work as a genealogist and historian. Dr. Platt continues to be active in professional organizations and served as president of the Washington County Historical Society. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Columbia Pacific University in San Rafael, California.

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7/14/2019 – Al Matheson, Retired USAF Colonel and Utah Director of the Old Spanish Trail Association

Colonel Al Matheson will share the inspiring story of the Old Spanish Trail and how its trade route crossed Utah’s high mountains, deserts, and canyons to connect northern New Mexico to southern California. Learn how early explorers navigated by the stars and see the tools used to find their way.

Al Matheson is a Retired United States Air Force Colonel. He was Director of Space Launch and Communications Contracting, Space Division, for Air Force Systems Command. He also worked as a contract aerospace engineer for Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Litton via Vendor Surveillance Corp. Currently, Colonel Matheson is the owner and president of four corporations involved in construction/demolition, recycling, historic restoration of vintage machinery, and an active FAA Certified Flight Instructor. He is the Utah director of the Old Spanish Trail Association, adjunct professor at Southern Utah University (SUU), director of treks and monuments for the Sons of Utah Pioneers and director of the Mormon Battalion Association Benefactor at SUU.

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