- Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
- Utah Division of Arts & Museums
- Utah Division of State History
- Utah State Library Division
- Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs
- U Serve Utah Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism
The Utah Division of State History (State History) has many online resources available to the public for research purposes. Some of our current digital resources include:
State History resources digitized in partnership with U of U Marriott Library:
Digital photos: 70,000 historical photos online at http://history.utah.gov/digital-photos
Newspapers: 300,000 newspaper pages scanned and on Utah Digital Newspapers, http://digitalnewspapers.org These newspapers cover crucial periods of Utah history.
Archaeological site records: 35,000 records online, available for licensed archaeologists
Publications: 47,000 pages online at http://history.utah.gov/publications
Complete copies of these periodicals:
Complete copies of these books:
Other State History digital resources:
Cemeteries and burials: information on nearly 600,000 deceased persons online at http://history.utah.gov/cemeteries . This database was named by Family Tree magazine as one of 2013’s best state-run genealogy websites. Visitors may also go to http://cemeteries.utah.gov/ directly.
Information on researching and rehabilitating historic buildings at http://history.utah.gov/info-resources-hist-bldgs
Catalogs and indexes to research library, manuscripts, phone directories, newspapers, and yearbooks at http://history.utah.gov/history/collections-2
Markers and monuments: text from historical markers statewide at http://history.utah.gov/markers-and-monuments-database
Sister Agency Resources Digitized by Marriott Library
“A CELEBRATION OF STORYTELLERS”
UTAH’S FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Utah’s first Native American Storytelling Festival is a two-day event that begins on Indigenous Day, November 25, 2013, with an evening of storytelling that is free and open to the public and continues on November 26 with educational storytelling workshops for students and teachers.
The Indigenous Day-Storytelling Festival invites the general public to become acquainted with the beauty and power of traditional Ute, Northwest Shoshone, Navajo, and Lakota stories and learn more about the creativity, courage, inventiveness, and wisdom of Utah’s and the nation’s indigenous people. The festival also offers educational workshops that explore the exciting development of story in Native communities and, in the process, strengthen identity for young Native Americans.
“A Celebration of Storytellers,” the November 25 event features nationally renowned Kiowa/Apache storyteller Dovie Thomason with local storytellers Aldean Ketchum (Ute Mountain Ute); Rios Pacheco (Northwest Shoshone); and James Bilagody (Navajo) who represent three of Utah’s eight recognizedtribes. The event will take place at Taylorsville High School, 5225 South Redwood Road. Admission is free to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. with traditional food and cultural activities for children. The program gets underway at 6 p.m. with Utah Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox reading the state’s proclamation, signed by Governor Gary R. Herbert, followed by the performances of the storytellers. Dovie Thomason’s keynote performance begins at 7 p.m. Thomason is considered one of the most respected and admired storytellers of her generation. Her storytelling has been featured on countless artistic stages, including the National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museum, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. To register for event tickets go to http://utah-indigenous-day2013-efbevent.eventbrite.com/. KCPW will broadcast Thomason’s performance on November 29 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. For additional broadcasting information go to: kcpw.org.
On the festival’s second day, November 26, Dovie Thomason and award-winning graphic book illustrator Dimi Macheras will conduct educational workshops for high school students at 9 a.m. and teachers at 1 p.m. at the Canyons School District offices to demonstrate the art of presenting traditional Native American stories in new, comic book formats. Macheras (Ahtna Athabascan) is a professional artist/ illustrator who has worked on projects ranging from the Native American legend anthology Trickster to designing record sleeves for UK record label BROKE. Trickster was distributed globally and nominated for an Eisner Award, the most prestigious comic book prize. Student and teacher workshops will be broadcast live to schools throughout Utah via the Utah Education Network. Teachers wishing to register for the graphic storytelling workshop can go to: http://usoe.truenorthlogic.com, course number 59546, and sign up for a section near them. For questions on how to register for the workshop contact Ailleen Vidal at 801-826-5493.
The Indigenous Day-Native American Storytelling Festival is presented by the Utah State Division of Indian Affairs and the Center for Documentary Expression and Art. Other partners include: Canyons, Granite, and Salt Lake school districts; Utah Education Network; KCPW Radio; AITEC/American Indian Teacher Education Collaboration, University of Utah; Utah State Office of Education; Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts; Hill Air Force Base Cultural Resources Management; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, & Parks Program; and the Salt Lake City Arts Council.
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Come Check out our 2013 Annual Report.
The report includes overviews of our six divisions and covers our accomplishments over the past year. Plus, we’ve included some amazing images from the past year: from art to events!
Judge Andrew Valdez to Youth: You Don’t Have to Make It Alone
Title: Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit
When: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Weber State University, Shepherd Union Building (3848 Harrison Boulevard
SALT LAKE CITY — As a juvenile judge in the 3rd Judicial District for the last 20 years, Judge Andrew Valdez has dedicated a great part of his professional life to understanding and helping Utah’s youth.
This Wednesday, Judge Valdez will stand before 1,000 multicultural students, and their educators, to share his personal story. Valdez’s story of starting out as a struggling Westside Latino paperboy and working his way up to become one of Utah’s most respected judges has inspired thousands.
But he didn’t do it alone. Valdez said he was helped by a local businessman who mentored and encouraged him to see the value of education, honor and possibility. Many years later, as a successful attorney, Valdez would return the favor. In a twist of fate, he would find his mentor homeless and suffering on the street. Valdez saw to it his mentor was cared for until he passed away.
“We are so fortunate to have Judge Valdez speak to these youth,” said Office of Multicultural Affairs Director Claudia Nakano. “His story and his connection with young people are remarkable.”
Governor Gary R. Herbert will address students via video message. Utah’s new Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox and newly-inaugurated WSU President Charles Wight will also address students. In addition, the youth engagement team CoolSpeak (http://www.coolspeakers.net/) will provide a lunchtime address and morning breakout sessions.
This year’s Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit “Preparing for the Real World” is a collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of Heritage & Arts, and Weber State University. The Summit is held in support of Governor Herbert’s “66 by 2020” initiative to have 66 percent of Utahns to hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by the year 2020.
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Utah Archaeology Week celebrates Utah’s rich archaeological and cultural resources with a week of lectures and hands-on learning. This is your chance to not only help us promote Archaeology Week, but to win prizes and have your own artwork immortalized. Help us spread the word by passing out flyers.
Who can participate? All residents of Utah! It doesn’t matter what age you are, we want your entries!
I don’t draw. That’s okay! Entrants may choose any material, design, or medium to create an original depiction of Utah archaeology. Just remember to incorporate this year’s theme, “Technology Through Time” into your work. Whether it’s prehistoric or historic archaeological technologies, we want to see your creativity shine!
What do I get if I win? Winners of the poster contest receive:
I need inspiration. No problem! Check out our past winners to get some inspiration to help you on your way!
Remember to download and pass out flyers to help us spread the word!
During the holidays, volunteer and donation centers see an influx of individuals and families looking for ways to give back to their communities. Volunteer and donation centers feel a need for help all times of the years, not just during the holidays. For that reason, we are encouraging individuals to pledge to volunteer their time during the months of February to October in 2014. Please fill out the form below and we will connect you with an appropriate organization in your community.