Martha Ham, first director of Splore, Steve Elam, Work Activity Director and Splore guides in 1980. The Work Activity Center was the first group of brave souls willing to float the Colorado River with Splore.
Credit Martha Ham, Leslee Dean
Mike Shurtleff with friend on the Colorado River around 2001. Mike was one of Splore's first passengers and continued to float with Splore for many years, eventually serving on the Board of Directors.
At StoryCorps, Martha Ham spoke with her friend Janine Donald about the creation of SPLORE, a nonprofit organization that provides outdoor adventures to people of all abilities. Janine is the current director of SPLORE, and Martha founded SPLORE as a young woman. When the first river trip took place in 1977, the American Disabilities Act had not yet been passed and the public was not used to interacting with people with disabilities. Martha and Janine discussed the impact SPLORE has had on not only their lives, but the lives of the program's participants.
Former Utah State senator Dixie Leavitt and his wife Anne reminisce about their battles and triumphs in making Cedar City's Branch Agriculture School into today's Southern Utah University. SUU's origins began in 1897 with the formation of the Branch Formal School which later became a branch of Utah State Agricultural College (USU) in 1913. After several transitions the institution was granted university status in 1991 and was named Southern Utah University.
60-year-old Royden Card, artist and poet, explores with his wife Sandee whether he chose art or art chose him. Royden's art has been acquired by many museums including the Smithsonian Institute Library in Washington D.C. His portrayal of Zion National Park can be viewed on the 2011 UPR coffee mug.
Hal Cannon, former state folklorist and founder of The Western Folklife Center, visited the StoryCorps booth with his wife Teresa Jordan. He recalls his experience working with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers to preserve the material culture of Utah's pioneer past. Cannon talks about an unexpected visit from Kate Carter, former director of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
70 year old Utah State University retiree Ned Weinshenker, a member of the USU Handball Club, came to the StoryCorps booth to share his lifelong love for the game of handball, which began when he was growing up in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. Ned has recently taken up indoor 4-wall handball at USU with a group of retirees. He continues to enjoy the social and physical benefits of the game.
Retired Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth talks with Amnesty Kochanowski, National Park Service Safety Manager, about the role that our National Parks parks have played in his life and the life of his family. After 36 years of federal service Jock Whitworth retired January 3, 2014. He plans to pursue his interests in hiking, photography and volunteering for nonprofit organizations.
Historically it is not uncommon for a Southern Utah ranching family to work several parcels of land at different elevations in order to avoid overgrazing the land. 67 year old Susan Savage, a native of Leeds, Utah talks to her friend Martha about working alone during the 90's, at her family's secluded high elevation ranch at the base of the Pine Valley Mountains. These two ranches operate today working in tandem under the stewardship of Susan's nephew and his family.
Marlyne Hammon and her sister Priscilla, polygamist wives from Centennial Park, Arizona, talk about the Short Creek raid of 1953 which, at the time, was described as the largest mass-arrest of men and women in modern American history.
Lisa and Paul remember how they met after both had moved to St. George to work on environmental issues. They stayed up all night talking and found they had a lot in common including preserving the environment for future generations. They have children and grandchildren and are concerned about their future.
Paul: I went to the University of Utah after I graduated from East High School, and enjoyed the time there. I joined an army reserve unit, which seems to be an experience that changed the direction of my life, because it was a legal unit, and I saw that lawyering was very interesting. I became a trained court reporter, and was eventually accepted into law school in about 1962. I worked in the county attorney's office as a prosecutor for seven years, and then ran for the office of Salt Lake County District attorney and was elected in Salt Lake County in 1974.
"We got married, and after we were together for a couple years it was like, 'OK. Gosh, wouldn't it be fun to share some of these experiences with a little one?'" Rich said. "But we had a problem actually, because Teri couldn't get pregnant. It wasn't just you, because I had a low sperm count. I think... what did the doctors tell you?"