Historic Academy Center Reservations
Due to the overwhelming response to our information posted about Academy Center, we have temporarily put up this page to assist you in making reservations. To contact them via email Click the Contact Us link on our front page and you will see Academy Center contact link.
Otherwise, try this:
Sariah Stanley-Gray, Sales Manager
Sariah also serves as the sales manager for the Hampton Inn in Brigham City, so she physically resides in the hotel proper, much of the day.
Tell them Historic Downtown sent you! And come visit us while you are here, we have lot's fun shops and restaurants.
Please note that the facility was placed under contract on January 1, 2016. We know you have legitimate concerns about the reservation process, please give them a few more weeks to get set up.
Disclaimer: We cannot make a reservation for you, we offer this link only as a courtesy inasmuch as the Academy Center has no website, Facebook page or other internet property. Our contact form will put you in touch, but we cannot assure any response times.
How is Historic Downtown Brigham City, different than the Chamber of Commerce?
First off, we believe both organizations are essential and indeed should have no difficulty working together and should support each other’s efforts. That is our position and our goal.
Three major differences:
1. The Chamber of Commerce serves a much larger geographical area (Brigham City Area vs. Historic Downtown. Of necessity, the interests of the broader area are not always consistent with the much smaller geographically defined historic downtown.
2. The Chamber is a membership based organization and a good portion of its operating funds derive from membership dues based upon organization size. Many of these members are large multinational companies with significant financial resources and large public relations budgets.
Historic Downtown is an affiliate based organization with a more narrowly focused mission of historic education, preservation, and economic viability of the core downtown. Its operating funds come from grants, donations, and ongoing fundraising activities. Much of its operation is provided by in-kind donations.
3. The Chamber asks for membership dues up front with an implicit promise to deliver economic benefits to its members at some future date. Historic Downtown strives to create value up front in its activities, then asks affiliates to support activities we sponsor and/or donate in response to the value received.
Both organizations strive to support existing business, recruit new business, and create a favorable public image. The demographics of Historic Downtown tend to be more focused on sole proprietors, small businesses, and individual property owners.
Should you support both organizations? Yes, without a doubt. Will we always agree with everything the Chamber does, probably not.
The larger question posed by this analysis is really “Which organization has the potential to bring more value to Historic Downtown Brigham City”. And should the City resume its financial support to Historic Downtown, as in previous years.
We invite all community leaders to objectively evaluate the value of Historic Downtown and make an informed decision about the merits of supporting this important cause.
Do your part to revitalize downtown by supporting Academy Center
A recent article in the Box Elder News Journal announcing the contract for management of the Academy Center generated a surprising number of comments on our Facebook page. It was accompanied by a stunning interior photo. Most expressed excitement for the building. “I'm really excited for all the possibilities...so beautiful,” read one. Another person wrote, “Really wonderful to have this addition to Brigham City.” And from several others, “It is so beautiful.”
There were, however, other comments, such as —“Really, in Brigham City. Wow.” And we have had numerous conversations with downtown merchants, property owners, restaurateurs, and visitors who have a great affection for this quaint little community, but cannot seem to view it from any perspective other than the past.
Brigham City, Utah, named after the Mormon prophet Brigham Young is not unlike many of the communities developed during the last half of the nineteenth century. Under the direction of Brigham Young, families were called to settle areas throughout Utah and neighboring states. Most of these cities shared communal economic systems, similar grid based layouts, and governing infrastructure closely aligned with the religious organization of their predominantly Latter-day Saint populations.
As Brigham City developed and church led institutions gave way to more open economic systems it began to develop it's own uniqueness, which is still present today. We'll leave it to more qualified historians to tell the history of Brigham City and focus on three very unique elements that remain today. These three elements represent the essential ideas behind Historic Downtown Brigham City. In fact, we believe the development of these three unique elements represent our best opportunity for revitalization. You will find them woven into the details of all our activities.
These are the truly unique things about Historic Downtown Brigham City:
- The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
- Utah's Famous Fruit Way - Old Hwy 89
- The Box Elder Academy of Music & Dancing
Although historic Brigham City has wonderful tree lined streets, an unusually intact historic district, and really nice folks living here, that does not set it apart from other communities in the state; and it will not likely create sufficient interest to draw you here for a visit. But there are some truly unique things that will. And these unique elements span the seasons, providing year round opportunities for an enjoyable visit.