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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

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




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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

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.

Mondays in the Park Concerts Begin July 7

For immediate release                      

26 June 2014

Mondays in the Park Concerts Begin July 7

Summer concert series in Liberty Park features music, crafts

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums is pleased to announce the performance schedule for the 2014 Mondays in the Park summer concert series. Featuring Utah artists and presented by Excellence in the Community and Utah Arts & Museums, these events feature music and dance performances rooted in the traditions of Utah’s ethnic communities.

“Mondays in the Park concerts are a great summer tradition,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We have an excellent lineup of performing artists this year. We encourage everyone to bring lawn chairs, friends and family to join us for outdoor evenings celebrating Utah’s rich cultural heritage. We’ve also invited a selection of local craft artists to participate and display their work.”

Mondays in the Park concerts are held selected Mondays in July and August at 6:45 p.m. on the front porch of the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, located in the center of Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park. Attendees can enter the park from 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East.

July 7

Khemera Cambodian Dance Troupe was founded in 2000 by a group of young adults who wanted to help preserve the performing arts of Cambodia. Since that time, the troupe has shared more than 20 dances from the Khmer dance repertoire at various festivals in Utah and Wyoming.

Kenshin Taiko is a Salt Lake City-based group of international musicians dedicated to sharing this art form and the culture of the country where it originated. The group was founded by Laura Olson and Denise Nakashima, as taught by Kirstin Pauca, a member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Dojo in Hawaii. “Taiko” is Japanese for “drum.”

July 14

Yunuen Carrillo is one of Utah’s top mariachi music singers. Her stage presence, charisma and hard work have resulted in invitations to perform at many of the most important events in Utah’s Latin community. She has performed at well-known arts venues in Mexico, where she studied Mexican folklore, music and theater. Carrillo will be accompanied by experienced musicians and dancers.

July 21

Kargi Kala Kendra performs in the tradition of Bharata Natyam dance and is led by Sudha Kargi, a teacher and choreographer who studied in Chennai, India. She is the recipient of many fellowship awards from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, including the commission’s Governor’s Award in the Arts.

Amoon & Goga Group is an ensemble that has been playing traditional Pakistani music for 10 years. They often play at Pakistani community celebrations. All are residents of Utah.

July 28

Courtney Smith Gospel Group’s Courtney Smith started playing the piano by ear at age three, and by six he was playing gospel music at Salt Lake City’s Calvary Baptist Church. He earned a degree in music composition from the University of Utah and is fluent in jazz, R&B, rock and classical styles. Smith brings a talented group of artists together for a night that celebrates and honors the roots of gospel music.

August 4

Nino Reyos is of Laguna Pueblo and Ute heritage and is the founder of Two Shields Production Company. A teacher and an artist, Reyos is a master of the Native American flute and plays both traditional tunes and those of his own composition.

Harry James, born on the Navajo reservation, sings songs and promotes important traditions of his Diné heritage. An elder, veteran and community organizer, he weaves songs and stories accompanied by the hand drum.

August 11

Rio Bravo Band has played Tex-Mex conjunto music for almost every Living Traditions Festival for 29 years. Established by Anastacio and Elisa Castillo, the band’s second generation — daughters Chrystal and Sonya, and grandson Vinnie — play music from Texas, Mexico and other Latin American countries.

August 18

Monika Jalili Quartet brings to life the rich history of Iranian culture through music and poetry. Jalili’s entrancing selection of songs spans time and place; traditional Persian folk favorites stand alongside love songs from the 1940s to 1970s, a time of great cultural change in Iran. Using traditional and non-traditional instruments, her musicians combine their influences to present original interpretations of this music.

Photo: Nino Reyos

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Utah Arts & Museums Awards Museum Grants

For immediate release                      

16 June 2014

 Utah Arts & Museums Awards Museum Grants

 SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums has granted approximately $365,000 to museums in 18 counties around the state, after receiving more than $545,000 in grant requests. Applications were accepted for development, project support and office grants. The $125,000 one-time bump in funding awarded from the State of Utah for fiscal year 2015 allowed Utah Arts & Museums to support several more museums than last year, and at higher funding levels. The purpose of these grants is to help museums develop projects to improve their professional skills in accepted museum practices; better preserve, exhibit and interpret their collections; and improve service to their communities. All funded museums are Certified Utah Museums.

“Utah museums are a vital force in the state’s cultural life, informing and entertaining millions of patrons each year,” said Utah Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey. “We’re pleased to offer this funding to help museums reach their broader goals.” Previously funded projects have supported collection management, storage and cataloging, progress toward state performance goals, and temporary staff to carry out funded projects.

Development grants are for museums open fewer than 1,000 hours per year, with a maximum award of $1,000. Project support grants have a maximum award of $15,000 and require a level of matching funds. Office grants support statewide museum services. Grant guidelines are available at under “Opportunities” and then “Grants.” Applications are reviewed by a panel of peers in the field and approved by the Utah Arts & Museums’ Office of Museum Services Advisory Board.

The next deadline for museum grants will be March 2015. For more information, please contact Laurie Baefsky at or 801.236.7550, or visit



FY15 Museum Development Grants

American Fork DUP Museum

Bountiful Historical Museum $993  
Brigham City DUP Cabin $1,000  
Coalville DUP Museum $500  
Daggett County Museum $500  
Fanny Powell Cropper DUP Museum $1,000  
Highland DUP Cabin $1,000  
Huntington Camp DUP Museum $1,000  
Midland Camp DUP $500  
Orderville Kane County DUP Museum $1,000  
Plain City Camp DUP & John Carver Cabin $1,000  
Stockton DUP Rush Valley Camp $500  
Syracuse Museum & Cultural Center $1,000  
Wellington Pioneer Log Cabin DUP Museum $1,000  
Woods Cross Hogan Cabin DUP Museum $1,000  
World of Puppetry Museum $1,000  
Total $13,593  

FY15 Museum Office Grants

Utah Humanities Council

Utah Museums Association $20,000  
Utah Nonprofits Association $10,000  
Total $44,000  

FY15 Museum Project Support Grants

Alf Engen Ski Museum     $9,000
American West Heritage Center  $4,500
Anasazi State Park Museum $6,000
Bluff Fort Historic Site $4,500
Box Elder Museum $7,500
Brigham City Museum-Gallery $6,000
BYU Museum of Art   $15,000

BYU Museum of Peoples & Cultures                             $11,205

Clark Planetarium                                                               $4,950



Conservation Garden Park at Jordan Valley                   $9,000

Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum                    $11,250

Dixie State U. Sears Art Museum Gallery                    $7,500

Fielding Garr Ranch                                                             $3,500

Fort Douglas Military Museum                                       $4,500

Frontier Homestead State Park Museum                    $9,000

Great Basin Museum                                                          $3,962

Hill Aerospace Museum                                                     $2,557

Historic Wendover Airfield                                               $7,500

John Wesley Powell River History Museum                $4,800

McQuarrie Memorial Pioneer DUP Museum               $4,500

Museum of Moab                                                                $5,908

Museum of the San Rafael Swell                                    $3,135

Natural History Museum of Utah                                   $5,800

Orem Heritage Museum                                                   $4,500

Park City Historical Society & Museum                        $7,500

Red Butte Garden and Arboretum                              $13,081

Silver Reef Museum                                                             $6,000

Southern Utah Museum of Art                                        $4,250

St George Art Museum                                                       $9,000

St George Dinosaur Discovery Site                                  $4,000

Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter                                     $9,000

Territorial Statehouse Park Museum                             $4,456

Thanksgiving Point                                                              $11,250

The Leonardo                                                                          $7,500

The Prehistoric Museum                                                  $11,250

Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts                             $4,000

Tracy Aviary                                                                           $10,500

Treehouse Children’s Museum                                     $10,500

Utah State University Botanical Center                     $11,250

USU Museum of Anthropology                                     $11,180

Utah’s Hogle Zoo                                                                   $4,500

Wasatch Mountain State Park Museum                      $2,220

Western Mining & Railroad Museum                            $6,000

Wheeler Historic Farm                                                        $4,500

Total                                                                                     $308,004



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Art-o-mat creator Clark Whittington helps an art lover make a purchase.

Utah Arts & Museums introduces Utah’s first Art-o-mat, a cigarette vending machine that has been transformed to sell small pieces of art. Purchased in April 2014, this Art-o-mat is the creation of Artists in Cellophane (AIC), an organization based in North Carolina that encourages “art consumption by combining the worlds of art and commerce in an innovative form.” AIC believes art should be progressive, yet personal and approachable.

There are currently 100 active machines in various locations around the country. Utah Arts & Museum’s model will be housed primarily at the Rio Gallery in the Rio Grande Depot for 12 months while it’s under an exclusivity contract. After that, it will be leased to other organizations in Utah on a first-come, first-served basis.

At the Art-o-mat’s Utah debut at the Mountain West Arts Conference, 46 conference-goers fed the machine a five-dollar bill for a cigarette box-sized work of art. Utah’s machine holds work by 11 artists. Each artist includes a brief description of what’s inside, such as “earrings with a twist” or “alcohol ink painting,” and the works are as varied as you might imagine: tiny robots with movable arms and legs, barcode flip books, painted ceramic tiles, earrings, small paintings, and more.

There are approximately 400 contributing artists from 10 countries currently involved in the Art-o-mat project, and AIC says it is always searching for fresh work. Artists are asked to submit their art for review, and if they’re chosen, Art-o-mat pays them to create work that will then be distributed to machines all over the country. Each piece includes a small paper with contact information and details about the artist. Utah Arts & Museums hopes Utah artists will participate so that local talent can be represented in the project.

To learn more about Art-o-mat, visit

Share Your Best Summer Moments, Utah!

Greeks_in_UtahUtah has the best quality of life, growing culture and heritage.

We invite you to share a photo of your best summer moments. Show us your favorite visit to a historic place, cultural event, arts event, volunteer project or reading/library moment, using the hashtag #myutahsummer.

We will take your photos off of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share them. After Labor Day, we will create a video showing Utah’s best summer moments!

Show us how awesome a Utah summer can be!