Provo has been designated to host the 1993 Statehood Day celebration on Monday, Jan. 4. This event has been held at various cities throughout the state since 1977.

The state Historical Society is planning activities that will include tours of local businesses, historic homes and buildings in Provo, a reception in the Historic County Courthouse and a program in the Provo Tabernacle. After his inauguration at the Capitol in Salt Lake City, Gov. Mike Leavitt will attend the observance.The activities are:

- 9:30 a.m. to noon: Local tours offered by various educational and business organizations. Transportation must be provided by private individuals. Tours are offered at these locations: Brigham Young University, 378-4678; Utah Valley Community College, 222-8000 ext. 8300; Nu Skin International, 345-8687; Geneva Steel, 227-9420; and the Springville Museum of Art, 489-2727. Call to reserve a time.

- 12:30 to 5 p.m.: A free slide presentation and a tour of the historic Courthouse and tabernacle or visit some of Provo's historic homes, including the Whitney House Bed and Breakfast, Reed Smoot home, Lee Smoot home, Van Wagenen Home, Taylor home, and the McCurdy Historic Doll Museum. Purchase tickets $2 per person for the historic homes tour at the McCurdy Doll Museum, 246 N. 100 East, or the Utah County Travel Council, Room 111 of the historic Courthouse.

- 6 to 7 p.m.: A reception to meet Leavitt and other state and local leaders will be held at the historic Courthouse. The reception is free and open to the public.

- 7:30 p.m.: A Statehood Day program will be presented in the Provo Tabernacle, with James Arrington as Brigham Young conducting.

The Utah State Historical Society has arranged for charter bus service from 300 Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, with departures at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Park your car in the lot north of the depot. Both buses will return to Salt Lake City Monday night after the Statehood Day program. Round trip fare is $15 per person. Reservations are required. Call or write Mary Peach, Utah State Historical Society, 300 Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, or call 533-3500, before Dec. 30.