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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Friday, August 22, 2008

Zion Park Centennial Events

The Zion Park area was first given national recognition and protection in 1909, when it was designated a national monument.

Several commemorative events are scheduled for the near future. Below are excerpts from articles describing some of them.

Zion National Park to host gala event
"Zion National Park Foundation and Zion Canyon Field Institute will host a social evening celebrating the Centennial of Zion National Park on Sept. 20.

"The event will serve as a fundraiser in the foundation’s efforts to rehabilitate the historic grotto museum which is the oldest standing building in the park. Upon completion of its facelift, the building will house the artist-in-residence program."

Celebrate Zion wonders
"Zion didn't receive national park status until 1919, but it was recognized for its beauty in 1909, when it was designated as Mukuntuweap National Monument. According to "A History of Washington County: From Isolation to Destination," by Doug Alder and Karl Brooks, The monument designation came after a survey report by St. George resident Leo A. Snow shared the secret of what has become a place of sanctuary befitting its name.

"The St. George Art Museum - along with the park, the Zion Natural History Association and the St. George Area Convention and Visitors' Bureau - is sponsoring an exhibit starting Aug. 25 of 76 historic paintings and 68 contemporary works detailing the wonders and history of the park."

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