Photo credit: Kate Chappell demonstrates how to construct a sushi roll during the final community dinner May 16. Photo by Annette Lamb

Wayne County to Spark Humanities Conversations Again in 2019

From playing Jacks to constructing sushi rolls, the first season of Wayne County’s cultural heritage grant project was declared a success by those who participated in the program. Whether exploring the lives of the Native peoples and pioneers who lived on this land before us or connecting our traditions to those found around the globe, the Sparking Humanities Conversations program encouraged community members to come together to celebrate cultural heritage.

The final community dinner featured pop can fishing rigs, fishing exhibits, and a make-your-own sushi roll station. Thanks to Royals Foodtown for providing a fishing pole as the door prize. Also, thanks to Mike James of Quiet Fly Fisher Guide Service in Loa for sharing his expertise with 4-H youth and during the community dinner.

Now that the season is done, planning is underway for the 2019 and 2020 themes. Beekeeping, cheesemaking, and quilting are just a few of the themes on the horizon. If you have theme ideas for the next two years, please let us know.

The Entrada Institute along with other local organizations sponsors a series of programs to encourage family humanities conversations through the summer. Specifically, look for the following events: Arts and the Park (May 30-June 2), Pioneer Day Celebration (July 21), Youth Music Workshops (August 3-4), Wayne County Fair Cultural Heritage Project (August 18), Heritage Starfest (October 5-6) and the Apple Tasting Event (October 13). In addition, USU Extension/4-H will be holding summer camps for youth.

Thanks to Larry Johnson, GaeLynn Peterson, Mary Sorenson, and Kate Chappell along with volunteers, 4-H teen leaders and youth, and community members who came together to create a positive atmosphere to explore our cultural heritage.

We’re seeking historical photos and artifacts that reflect cultural heritage and community activities to weave into future programs. Contact Project Director Annette Lamb at for information. This project is made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Entrada Institute. LIKE us at – Annette Lamb, The Entrada Institute