"By all means give Nevada a Slice”: The 1866 Utah-Nevada Border Shift and the Way Washington County Worked - Lecture by Dr. W. Paul Reeve

Sep 23, 2017, 10:00 am

Join University of Utah History Professor Paul Reeve to learn how, in 1866, the United States Congress moved the Utah-Nevada border one degree of longitude east to ensure that newly discovered silver mines would be in Nevada and not under the control of Mormons in Utah. The way that Mormons, miners, and Southern Paiutes worked in Washington County ultimately had an impact on the western border of the state of Utah. Congressman Delos Ashley from Nevada explained, “the people of Nevada are a mining people, while the people of Utah are an agricultural people... Let members judge.” In the end, this episode reveals the way in which the nation ascribed meaning to work in the nineteenth century and found the Mormons and Southern Paiutes lacking. A hierarchy of "Americanness" emerged with the miners at the top and the Mormons and Southern Paiutes deemed un-American to various degrees based, in part, on the way they chose to work. Event is free but registration is appreciated - sign up at www.artstozion.org
This event is part of Washington County Works!, a county-wide celebration of work that accompanies the Smithsonian The Way We Worked exhibition, stopping in Leeds from September 16 to November 4, 2017 at the Silver Reef Museum. For more information about Washington County Works! visit ArtsToZion.org. The Way We Worked, an exhibition created by the National Archives, is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Utah Humanities, is touring in partnership with the Silver Reef Museum and Arts to Zion. For more information, see www.utahhumanities.org.

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