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Come Explore “Utah Technology Through Time” at the Utah State History Conference, September 25 – 27

For Immediate Release

17 September 14

Geoff Fattah, 801-245-7205, Public Information Office, Dept. of Heritage and Arts

Brad Westwood, 801-245-7248, Director, Utah Division of State History

Come Explore “Utah Technology Through Time” at the Utah State History Conference, September 25 – 27

The 62nd annual Utah State History Conference, September 25 – 27, will take a unique look at the role technology has played on human endeavors in Utah over the past 13,000 years. Reflecting this rich history, nearly 60 presenters will explore:

* Prehistoric technology in the region of Utah,

* The emergence of Utah’s high tech industry, 1950s to the present, and

* Utah’s industry, technology and enterprise in the 19th and 20th centuries.

“Few topics could be both more personal and more universal than humans and their relationship to the technology they have developed to shape how they live,” said State History director Brad Westwood.  “We warmly welcome scholars, enthusiasts, and the public to this extraordinary conference.  This conference focus will allow participants to see just how much technology has been the ‘secret sauce’ to Utah’s numerous successes through time.”


Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m.: “Place Matters: The Alchemy of Innovation in Utah and Beyond” (at the City Library, 210 East 400 South) by Dr. Margaret O’Mara. Throughout human history – from ancient Mesopotamia to Renaissance Florence to modern Silicon Valley – certain places have been home to remarkable clusters of technological and social innovation at particular moments in time.  What are the distinctive characteristics of place that foster innovation and invention?  How does a region’s past shape its innovative present and future?  In her conference keynote, historian Margaret O’Mara places the story of Utah’s technology through time in the broader context of history, place, and the alchemy of innovation. The event is free and open to the public. This will be followed by the annual State History Awards.

Friday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Leonardo (209 East 500 South): All-day presentations on diverse topics such as Utah’s NSA Center, the Navajos’ first impression of the car, folk medicine in 19thcentury Cache County, 3D modeling for historical reconstruction, Utah’s early streetcars, Utah’s role in the early Internet, and venture capitalism in Utah’s tech revolution, and more.  See a complete list of workshops at

Saturday, September 27, Tours: Destinations include Tooele, Wendover, and Lehi as three tours investigate mid-20th century Utah military technology, the Utah Refractories Plan, and the new high-tech Adobe Campus. Registration is required for all tours (go The Tooele/Wendover tour includes a $50 fee and box lunch.


Unclaimed Art Used to Lift Spirits – “Art in Your Home” to Benefit Transitional Housing Community

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11 September 2014

 Unclaimed Art Used to Lift Spirits

“Art in Your Home” to Benefit Transitional Housing Community

 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums is pleased to announce “Art in Your Home,” an exciting program in partnership with Palmer Court in Salt Lake City. Palmer Court, managed by The Road Home, is a permanent supportive housing complex for individuals and families that have experienced chronic homelessness.

“In each home should hang a good picture, no matter how small,” stated Alice Merrill Horne, one of the first female state lawmakers and founder of Utah Arts & Museums — the oldest state-funded arts agency in the nation, founded in 1899. Over the years, Utah Arts & Museums has amassed a collection of paintings, drawings, photographs and prints that were submitted by Utah artists but were never signed or claimed by their creators. Selling the art seemed inappropriate, said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. Hiskey made it clear that these works are not part of the Utah Fine Art Collection, which is a highly valuable collection of noted Utah artists, but rather art created by local artists for monthly exhibitions.

Utah Arts & Museums staff came up with the idea of donating the art to residents in transitional housing. “Sometimes the smallest things can make a huge difference,” Hiskey said. “We thought this project was an important way to honor the amazing legacy of our founder while serving the community in a meaningful way.”

“While art may seem a trivial issue in the greater context of homelessness, having a piece of art that can inspire, uplift and create light in an individual’s life can be a boon to those individuals who are struggling so hard to turn their lives around,” said Pamela Atkinson, a longtime homeless advocate and advisor to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

“The Road Home appreciates the generosity and creativity of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ ‘Art in Your Home’ project. What an ingenious way to brighten the lives and help enhance the homes of our clients while honoring their success in transitioning into housing,” noted Matt Minkevitch, Executive Director of The Road Home.

“We were interested in making the transition to housing a celebration and want to offer the residents some of the comforts of home they may not otherwise have,” said Visual Arts Manager Felicia Baca. “The power of art in people’s lives is enriching and multifaceted, and we want to foster that.”

Residents of Palmer Court have signed up to choose works of art for their homes. The distribution of the artwork will take place on September 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Palmer Court.

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“Between Worlds” Opens at the Alice Gallery

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11 September 2014

 “Between Worlds” Opens at the Alice Gallery

 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the opening of “Between Worlds,” an exhibition of photographs by Bernard C. Meyers, at the Alice Gallery in the Glendinning Mansion. The show runs from September 19 to November 14, 2014. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday throughFriday. The Glendinning Mansion is located at 617 E. South Temple in Salt Lake City. An opening reception will be held on September 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. for Gallery Stroll. “Between Worlds” is the first of future solo exhibitions to be featured at the Alice Gallery.

Bernard C. Meyers is a Utah-based contemporary artist and fine art photographer recognized internationally as a master printer, artist, photographer and teacher. Meyers’ passion for gardens and greenhouses is visualized in his distinctive images that combine man-made structures and screens with organic flora while exploring other realms of consciousness.

Meyers states, “The narrative here is about an elusive place, the vantage point between the world of our constructed socialized realities and everything else beyond. It is about a waking dream, a personal spiritual experience. This is about other realms of consciousness. Science, religion and philosophy all flirt with the idea that we function on more than one plane of existence simultaneously, and that acceptance alone opens the possibility of other worlds. My hope is that these photographs transcend the everyday, the documentary, to become something ripe with intrigue and mystery.”

Meyers’ prints are held in public, private and corporate collections nationwide, including the Portland Museum of Art and the State of New York. Meyers earned an MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology in traditional etching and stone lithography and a BFA in photography as a fine art. He has taught art and photography at the University of New England, the University of Southern Maine and the Maine Media Workshops.

The Rio and Alice galleries were created as a service to Utah artists. They provide free venues for emerging and established artists to collaborate on exhibits and engage the community through art-making and dialogue. For more information, visit

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62nd Annual Utah State History Conference
“Utah Technology Through Time”

Register for the conference. It's free and open to the public.

September 25th – September 27th, 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah @ The City Library and The Leonardo




This year’s conference is brought to you by a host of generous partners. View them here. 

O'Mara click here to read more

Technology has helped people live and thrive in Utah for over 12,000 years. In order to understand and remember the development of technology in Utah, this year’s Utah State History conference will focus on Utah Technology through Time. Download the conference Save the Date notice.

The conference is organized into four tracks: • The emergence of Utah’s high tech industry, 1950s – present • Utah industry, technology, and enterprise in the 19th and 20th centuries • Prehistoric technology in the region of Utah • Utah history

New Visual Arts Scholarship Competition for Grades 9-12

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4 September 2014


New Visual Arts Scholarship Competition for Grades 9-12


SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums — in conjunction with the generous support of Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, the Utah State Senate, and the Utah Educational Savings Plan — is pleased to announce a visual arts scholarship competition for Utah students.

All Utah students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate. The competition is sponsored by President Niederhauser and the Utah Senate in an effort to challenge Utah students to express their creativity. The Utah Senate will reward outstanding students with scholarships to support their college and career goals. The Utah State Capitol building is the subject from which students will draw inspiration.

The competition is administered by Utah Arts & Museums and welcomes two-dimensional, original visual art images of the exterior of the Utah State Capitol building and/or architectural features of the building. The following media are eligible: oil, pen and ink, watercolor, printmaking, graphic design, and digital drawing. Scholarship funds will be deposited into a new or existing Utah Educational Savings Plan account in the name of the student. The scholarship award categories are: 1st place — $5,000; 2nd place — $3,000; 3rd place — $1,000; 4-10th places — $500; and 11-25th places — $300.  Entries are dueNovember 14, 2014 and will be judged December 1-12, 2014. Each school district will determine which students advance to the state competition.

“In many ways, Utah is a light to the nation,” said President Niederhauser. “Our Capitol building, which is nearly 100 years old, reflects that light. It stands as a remarkable monument to the dreams of our founders, as well as the success of our working democratic republic. I want to highlight this great symbol and feature Utah’s bright and talented students by encouraging them to portray the Capitol through art.”

“We’re delighted to be part of this endeavor to nurture the creativity of Utah students,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “The Utah State Capitol is a beautiful building and a fitting subject for this competition.”

Winners will be announced in January and scholarships awarded during the 2015 legislative session. The top 25 entries will be on exhibition in the Utah State Capitol Building. The first- place entry will become the property of the Senate and be exhibited in the Senate suite. All other work will be returned to students at the end of the 2015 legislative session.

The guidelines can be found here. For more information, please contact Jean Tokuda Irwin at 801.245.7288 or

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Governor Herbert Signs Historic Executive Order at 9th Annual Native American Summit

Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued an executive order to strengthen communication between state agencies and Utah’s eight sovereign tribes at the 9th Annual Native American Summit, held at Utah Valley University on July 20, 2014.

This executive order is the first of it’s kind and will ensure that Utah’s Native American tribes are consulted before any important decisions are made that will have impact on said tribes.

For the Full EO: Native American Summit Executive Order
For the full Press Release: Gov. Herbert takes steps to strengthen state-tribe communication

Park City Chef Briar Handley Chosen to Cook for Utah in Great American Seafood Cook-off

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205

Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts

For immediate release                      

July 14, 2014

Park City Chef Briar Handley Chosen to Cook for Utah in Great American Seafood Cook-off

 SALT LAKE CITY ­– Three of Utah’s top chefs put their talents to the test as they competed for a chance to represent the state in a national seafood cooking competition.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal extended an invitation to Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert to nominate a top Utah chef to travel to New Orleans to compete in the 11th annual Great American Seafood Cook-off. Governor Herbert invited Chefs Phelix Gardner of Pago (Salt Lake City), Clement Gelas of Talisker on Main (Park City), and Briar Handley of Handle (Park City) to prepare a dish for a panel of local culinary experts and public figures to determine which chef would have the opportunity to represent Utah in the national competition.

Rules for the Great American Seafood Cook-off require all seafood must come from a sustainable, local source from the state each chef is representing. So, Utah trout was on the menu for all three chefs as they gathered at the Harmons City Creek store for an exclusive tasting event broadcast live on KUTV Channel 2.  Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox represented the Governor at the event and participated on the judging panel.  Other panelists included KUTV anchor Mary Nickles, Salt Lake Magazine dining and executive editor Mary Brown Malouf, food and travel blogger Vanessa Chang, and Café Madrid owner Gabrielle McAfee.

“Utah has a lot to be proud of in our chefs and in the quality ingredients and products we get from our local producers,” Lieutenant Governor Cox said.  Using locally-produced trout, produce, butter, spices, and other items – many of which belonged to the Utah’s Own family of products – the chefs produced stunning dishes that really put pressure on the panel.   “I have judged many food competitions in my career and this is one of the toughest,” Malouf said following the panel’s deliberations.

In the end the panel chose Chef Briar Handley to send to New Orleans.  Handley said he was honored to be chosen.  In addition to taking an assistant chef, Handley must also take with him all the Utah ingredients to make his dish. The national competition on Aug. 2, will be broadcast on PBS.

Lt. Governor Cox thanked the sponsors who came together to make this event possible.  Delta Airlines has agreed to provide air travel, and  the Park City Chamber of Commerce, Utah’s Own brand, and the Utah Restaurant Association have also donated financial support to cover travel expenses for Chef Handley and his assistant chef.  Harmons City Creek hosted the event and provided ingredients and logistical support.   Cox also thanked the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts for coordinating the event.

For more information on the Great American Seafood  Cook-off, please visit:


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“Building a Sustainable Future Together” at 9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit

For Immediate Release                     Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205     

10 July 2014                                            Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts


For Technical Information: James Toledo, 801.715.6702

“Building a Sustainable Future Together” at 9th Annual Governor’s Native American Summit

SALT LAKE CITY – The Governor’s Native American Summit will mark its ninth year by “Building a Sustainable Future Together,” as its theme. This year’s theme was built upon the idea of sustaining the future of Native American cultures in today’s current society, while working together. The Summit will be held on July 30 and 31.

Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah, will host the site of the Governor’s Native American Summit, in collaboration with the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Offices of the Utah Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Native American Summit Planning Committee, and Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.

Every year, the Native American Summit hosts a tribe to showcase their language and cultural traditions. The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe of White Mesa, Utah will be highlighted at the Summit. Cultural presentations will include youth from the tribe performing the Ute Mountain Ute Bear Dance, Bear Dance Chiefs singing traditional songs, and Flutist, Aldean Ketchum.

The Native American Summit will include Keynote Speaker, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert, and Featured Speaker, Roger Willie, Native American actor in the movie, Windtalkers. A Fun Run and Walk at 6:00am will open the Summit on Wednesday, July 30. Over the two days of the Native American Summit, breakout sessions will address various topics such as language preservation, effective Native American Leadership, tools for cultural teaching, strengthening Native American families, and tribal economic development. A Youth Track has also been incorporated in conjunction with the Native American Summit, which is lead by Utah Valley University. The featured speaker for the youth track is Garrett Yazzie, who is known for his national award-winning science project on solar-powered heat. The youth track is arranged with breakout sessions and activities for the group. In the preceding months, a Call for Student Artwork and Films was issued within the state. Winners will be selected, and their artwork or film will be showcased at the Summit for the Governor to recognize.

“The Annual Summit is a tremendous opportunity for State government, Tribal Nations, and communities to come together for honoring the government to government relationships. It allows for dialogue of issues facing Tribal communities, finding solutions and resources. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2014 Governor’s Native American Summit,” said Shirlee Silversmith, Director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs. The Governor’s Native American Summit began in 2006 at the request of then, Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. and Lieutenant Governor Gary R. Herbert. The intent of the Native American Summit is to bring the eight sovereign Native American tribal nations of Utah together to bring positive communication among all entities. Also, this is an opportunity for Summit attendees to learn about resources available to them, within tribal or state agencies.

Monetary sponsorships have allowed a variety of opportunities for the Summit to continue its successful event, year after year. Confirmed platinum sponsors include American Express and Brigham Young University.

The Governor’s Native American Summit is scheduled for July 30-31 at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. To register as a participant for this year’s Governor’s Native American Summit, go online to The cost of registration for General Admission is $25, Students (Junior High, High School, and College) are free, and self-declared Elders are free. Also, for the latest Summit news, follow Utah Division of Indian Affairs on Facebook and Twitter.

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Multicultural Commission to meet with Park City residents

For immediate release

9 July 2014

Multicultural Commission to meet with Park City residents

PARK CITY — Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and the Utah Multicultural Commission are pleased to announce they are holding a community meeting on Tuesday, July 15, at the Christian Center of Park City, 1283 Deer Valley Drive, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Residents of Summit and Wasatch Counties are encouraged to attend.

The Multicultural Commission (MCC) is comprised of leaders within the ethnic community and heads of state agencies. It is chaired by the Lt. Governor and all members are appointed by the Governor. MCC promotes collaboration, communication, and good relationships within Utah’s diverse population and state government.

“We invite Wasatch and Summit County community stakeholders to join us to meet Lt. Governor Cox and MCC members and to provide feedback with a special focus on health, education, economic development and corrections,” said Claudia Nakano, Director of Utah Multicultural Affairs. “With rapidly changing demographics, these four areas of focus are having great impact in our ethnic communities. We dedicate this open meeting to gain knowledge about community needs and to share resources that might alter known disparities in Utah’s growing ethnic population.”

The Commission’s mission is to identify and discuss issues and concerns of the ethnic constituents of Utah within the areas of corrections, economic development, education, health and creative partnerships.


Geoffrey Fattah, (801) 245-7205

Communications Director, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts

For Technical Information: Stanford Kekauoha, (801) 245-7210

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UHQ Summer 2014 Web Extras


Since 1928, Utah Historical Quarterly has collected and preserved the state’s history. Until now, UHQ content has only been published in print form. The content presented here is our inaugural effort to introduce the journal—and our state’s rich and colorful history—to an online audience. In the digital medium, we are able to do more than can be done in print: reproduce UHQ articles and essays accompanied with expanded photos, maps, and bibliographies; publish photo galleries, primary sources, oral histories, video documentaries, and other special features suitable for the web; and create an interactive forum for readers to discuss, debate, and wrestle over all things Utah history. We also hope to become a “go-to” resource for Utah Studies teachers and students on the secondary school level. We have big plans for this online venture, culminating in the January 1, 2015, launch of a brand new Utah Historical Quarterly web site. Members of the Utah State Historical Society receive printed copies of UHQ. Click here for information on how to become a member. UHQ back issues are available online through a searchable database.

Previous UHQ Cover Designs The quarterly has had differing designs over the years. Compare our latest cover design to those from previous years.

The Making and Unmaking of UtahSkeleton Map By Jared Farmer An extended version of Farmer’s keynote address at the 2013 Utah State History conference, published in the Summer 2014 UHQ. Using over fifty images as a visual tour de force, he explores place creation and landscape loss in Utah, reminding us that “the past—as inscribed in our present landscape—is a record of tragedy, hope, and considerable irony.”

March 28, 1923. Library of Congress.Race with the Sun By Carl Kuntze The story of Air Force Lt. Russell Lowell Maughan’s ground-breaking dawn-to-dusk transcontinental flight. Precisely ninety years ago this summer, this Logan, Utah, native covered 2,670 miles in just under 22 hours, helping to inspire the new possibilities of air travel in the modern age.

Mother and children at Topaz camp Memoirs: An Annotated Bibliography Compiled by Caitlin Shirts An annotated compilation of memoirs, all previously published in the UHQ, providing delightful and often surprising recollections of Utah from an earlier time, many recalled from childhood or adolescence.