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NEW VIDEO – Hello Utah, This Was Your 2014 Summer!

We asked you to show us how awesome a Utah summer can be and boy, did you ever!

Thanks to everyone who shared their summer moments at historic places, cultural events, arts events, volunteer projects and libraries using the #myutahsummer hashtag.

Now that the temperatures have dropped, and the winter holidays are coming up, why not cozy up and take a moment to enjoy Utah’s summer moments.


Public Invited to Natural History Museum to Celebrate Utah’s Indigenous People

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205

Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts


For Technical Information: James Toledo, 801.715.6702


For immediate release                      

31 Oct. 2014

Public Invited to Natural History Museum to Celebrate Utah’s Indigenous People

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Indian Affairs and the Natural History Museum of Utah will be hosting a free evening of music, dance and poetry in celebration of Utah Indigenous People’s Day.

The public is invited to attend Nov. 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City.

Native dances will be performed by the Little Feathers dance group from the Granite School District, the Wasatch Eagle Dancers from the Nebo School District, and student dancers from the Ute Tribe. Dances will include the Hoop Dance, Fancy Dance, and Grass Dance, to name just a few.

The newly-released song, “Zion – You’ll Remember Me” will be performed by Melissa Hinton, Gary Tim and the Legacy Ensemble.

“Make and take Native art” will be available for kids, including clay art, petroglyph tile painting, and hand print art using spray paints.

The museum will also be open for attendees, including access to NHMU’s headline exhibit, The Horse. Awards will also be given out to students who participated in “The Legend of the Horse” poetry contest.

The Utah Education Network (UEN) will also be screening previews of Native documentaries to be broadcast during the 4th Annual Utah American Indian Film Festival, which will screen the documentaries at six university locations across the state in November.

Governor Gary R. Herbert’s proclamation in honor of Indigenous People’s Day will be read. State Senator Kevin Van Tassell, a member of the Utah Legislature’s Native American Legislative Liaison Committee, will be a featured speaker, along with guest speaker, Gari Pikyavit Lafferty, chairwoman of the Paiute Tribe of Utah. Darren Parry, vice chairman of the Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation will be the master of ceremonies.

For more information, and for free registration, visit:

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Governor Herbert to Address over 1,500 Utah Multicultural Youth About their Future

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts   Technical Information: Stanford Kekauoha, 801.245.7210

For immediate release 23 Oct. 2014 Governor Herbert to Address over 1,500 Utah Multicultural Youth About their Future SALT LAKE CITY — Governor Gary R. Herbert will join over 1,500 multicultural youth, and hundreds of educators and parents, at the Salt Palace Convention Center on Oct. 29 for the 2014 Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit.

“Statistics show that many of our state’s multicultural youth have below-average high school graduation rates, and even less success in going on to college. I want to encourage these students to reach higher, because they are a big part of our future,” Herbert said. Students and educators from 50 schools, representing six counties, will be attending.

On average, Utah’s ethnic population is growing three times faster than its Caucasian counterpart. By 2050, it is expected that minorities will be a majority part of Utah’s population. “Multicultural youth could very well be our future community leaders. We need to take steps to work together to engage, support and invest in them now,” said Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs Director Claudia Nakano.

The Governor will also be honoring Utah Teacher of The Year Mohsen Ghaffari. Nationally-recognized youth engagement speakers CoolSpeak will address overcoming challenges in education. Nicholas Carlisle with No Bully will talk about how educators and students can overcome harassment and bullying in schools. There will also be performances by the Mana Academy choir, the North Davis Junior High School Multicultural Choir, and Urban Dance Organization.

Events get started at 8 a.m. in the main ballroom.

This Summit would not be possible without the generous support of: Chevron, Zions Bank, CoolSpeak, No Bully, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, Horizonte Center, and Mount Jordan Middle School.

The Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit was created to support Governor Herbert’s “66 by 2020” education initiative, a goal in which 66 percent of Utahns hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by the year 2020.

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Original Writing Competition Winners Announced

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16 October 2014

Original Writing Competition Winners Announced

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Arts & Museums announces the winners of the 56th annual Utah Original Writing Competition. Selected from more than 250 entries received this year, 19 writers in seven categories will be receiving awards. They are:


  • First place: ECKSDOT by J Washburn (Provo)
  • Second place: Fragments of an Inner Architecture by Gene Washington (Logan)
  • Honorable Mention: RedRedRedRed by Eric Howerton (Ogden)

Creative Nonfiction

  • First place: An American (Homeless) in Paris by Christian Ames (Salt Lake)
  • Second place: Befriending Laura Mae by Leisa Mukai (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: Dancing Bird’s Apprentice by Patty Willis (Salt Lake)

Book of Poems

  • First place: Eve’s Child by Markay Brown (St. George)
  • Second place: Cold Blessings by Maximillian Werner (Salt Lake)

Juvenile Book

  • First place: Keeping it Down by Lisa Roylance (Cedar Hills)
  • Second place: Sula Eats the Sea by James Ure (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: The Sun is on Fire! by Shane Williams (Washington)


  • First place: “Inside Wolf, Grandmother Becomes a Dancer” by Shanan Ballam (Logan)
  • Second place: “Bottle Cherries” by Candy Fowler (St. George)
  • Honorable Mention: “Pretending to be interviewed, the monster gets choked up, tells the cameraman to shut the damn thing off.” by Natalie Young (Cedar City)

Short Story

  • First place: “Adsila, Wyoming” by Iris Moulton (Salt Lake)
  • Second place: “Two Shoes” by John Pace (Salt Lake)
  • Honorable Mention: “For My Father II” by Jordan Floyd (West Jordan)

Narrative Nonfiction/Personal Essay

  • First place: “Hourglass Man” by Aaron Allen (Orem)
  • Second place: “Living the Dream” by Joshua Harms (Centerville)

“We sincerely congratulate these winners,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “We look forward to great accomplishments from such talented writers. Past winners have gone on to receive the Flannery O’Connor Award and the International Reading Association Award. These past awardees include Orson Scott Card, Ron Carlson, and all four Utah Poets Laureate: David Lee, Ken Brewer, Katharine Coles and Lance Larsen.”

Manuscripts were reviewed in a blind process by judges who reside outside of Utah. First- and second-prize winners are awarded prize money ranging from $150 to $1,000.

A day celebrating Utah writers and the Original Writing Competition will take place on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center,1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City. There will be an awards ceremony, readings by 2013 competition winners, and a poetry-writing workshop with Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen.

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Rio Gallery Seeks Artists Working in Painting & Sculpture for Competition

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8 October 2014                     

Rio Gallery Seeks Artists Working in Painting & Sculpture for Competition


SALT LAKE CITY— Visual arts competitions have been a project of Utah Arts & Museums since 1899, providing juried exhibitions open to artists across the state of Utah. Registration is currently open for “Utah ’14: Painting & Sculpture”. All artists age 18 and older are welcome to submit one or two pieces that fit within the categories of painting and sculpture. Beginning this year, the sculpture category includes installation art. Applicants must register online by Oct. 21. Artwork should be dropped off at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City from 8 AM – 5 PMon Oct. 22 & 23. Those juried into the exhibition will have their work displayed at the Rio Gallery Nov. 21, 2014 – Jan. 9, 2015 with a public reception on Friday, Nov. 21 from 6-9 PM during the Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. “This competition and exhibition is an excellent representation of the exciting work Utah artists continue to produce,” says Arts & Museums Director Lynnette Hiskey, “It is highly anticipated each year and we look forward to discovering the diverse themes and concepts that Utah artists choose to explore.”

This year’s jurors are Maria Porges of Oakland, Calif. and Carla Bengtson of Eugene, Ore. Porges is an artist and writer whose work has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions since the late 1980’s. She received a SECA award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has twice been in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. For more than two decades, her critical writing has appeared in many publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture, American Ceramics, Glass, The New York Times Book Review, and a host of other now-defunct art magazines.

Carla Bengtson is an associate professor in the department of art as well as an associate member of the environmental studies program at the University of Oregon. Previous to coming to the U of O in 1995, she taught at Yale University, Connecticut College, Wesleyan University, and was head curator of the John Slade Ely Center for Contemporary Art in New Haven, Conn. She holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art and an MFA from Yale School of Art, and was a two-time participant in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.

Cash awards will be given to artists exhibiting exceptional work. New this year, a $1,000 “Best in Show” will be given, as well as increases to the six Juror’s Awards, now $600 each. Guidelines and registration can be found at statewideannual.orgor by calling 801.245.7272

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New Fellows of the Utah State Historical Society Announced

New Fellows of the Utah State Historical Society Announced

Salt Lake City – As part of the Utah Division of State History’s 62ndannual conference, the Utah State Historical Society announced four new fellows: Will Bagley, Martha Sonntag Bradley-Evans, Wilson Martin, and Allan Kent Powell.  Michael Homer, chair of the Utah State Board of History made the announcement on 24 September 14 at the Alta Club.

“State History’s most prestigious honor is presented to individuals with long and distinguished careers in scholarly research and writing or who have made an extraordinary contribution to state history, historic preservation or archaeology. Their reputations will endure for generations to come,” said Brad Westwood, Director of the Utah Division of State History. “This year, we have bestowed this honor on four remarkable individuals who join the ranks of such luminaries as Dale Morgan, Wallace Stegner, Juanita Brooks, and Leonard Arrington.”

Will Bagley is an independent writer and consulting historian living in Salt Lake City. He has written and edited more than twenty books, primarily on overland emigration, frontier violence, railroads, mining, and the Mormons. A sampling of his titles include: With Golden Visions Bright Before Them: Trails to the Mining West, 1849–1852So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812–1848; and Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows. His most recent work is South Pass: Gateway to a Continent, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. These volumes, combining fine writing with meticulous research, moral urgency, and vigor, solidify Bagley’s prominence in the field of western and frontier history. Through his published books, articles, and speeches, he has become a prominent voice in Utah’s history community.

Martha Sonntag Bradley-Evans is a professor in the College of Architecture and Planning and the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah. She is author of several books, including Kidnapped from that Land: The Government Raids on the Short Creek Polygamists (1993), an insightful treatment of Mormon fundamentalism and the complex legal problems confronting the modern practice of polygamy; the award-winning Four Zinas: A Story of Mothers and Daughters on the Mormon Frontier (2000) on the lives and experiences of four multi-generational women; andPedastals and Podiums: Utah Women, Religious Authority, and Equal Rights (2005), a close examination of the 1977 International Women’s Conference held in Utah and the fight over ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. These books, in addition to her other published work, detail the experiences of ordinary people and the patterns and practices of small, close-knit religious communities, providing a richer portrait of Utah’s social history.

Wilson Martin served as Acting Director of the Division of State History from 2011 to 2012 and as Director from 2012 to 2013. During a thirty-four year career at State History, Martin left an indelible imprint on historic preservation in Utah. He contributed to the establishment of several heritage areas in Utah, created the Utah “heritage tourism toolkit” to give communities a guide to integrate heritage tourism into local tourism efforts, helped write the state law that requires agencies to take historic and archaeological resources into account when planning state-funded projects, and established several statewide partnerships engaged in historic preservation. Martin occupied leading roles in some of the state’s largest and most complex preservation projects, including rehabilitation of the Rio Grande Depot, restoration of the State Capitol, and preservation of the Governor’s Mansion after it was nearly destroyed by fire.

Allan Kent Powell worked 43 years for the Utah State Historical Society—over ten of these years as senior state historian and managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly—leaving a strong mark on the production of history in this state and establishing himself as an authority on the subject. He is author and editor of numerous books, among themThe Next Time We Strike: Labor in Utah’s Coal Fields, 1900–1933, a sensitive treatment of ethnic tensions over efforts to unionize Utah’s coal miners; Splinters of a Nation, a history of German prisoners of Utah during World War II; and Utah History Encyclopedia, which Leonard Arrington praised as “[a]n accurate and comprehensive reference to Utah history.” Along with Craig Fuller, he served as General Editor of the twenty-nine volume Utah Centennial County History Series.

Utah State History Conference Background Information

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. Go for conference details.

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. In her conference keynote, 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.

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.


Utah State History Announces 2014 Annual Awards

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

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

Utah State History Announces 2014 Annual Awards

Salt Lake City – The Utah Division of State History announced its 2014 Annual Awards as part of the 62nd Annual Utah State History Conference.  The awards were announced by Board of State History chair Michael Homer at conference events this week.
Utah Division of State History Brad Westwood in making this announcement said, “The 2014 State Award winners are extremely strong and laudatory. They include the best book and articles in Utah History amid much competition. I urge Utahns to seek out these award winners; they include compelling, well-written and entirely new contributions to understanding Utah’s past,” said Brad Westwood, Director of State History.
The Outstanding Contribution in History Awards are for a lengthy period of excellence, while the Outstanding Achievement in History Award are for a specific activity.
Outstanding Contribution in History Awards
American West Center at the University of Utah
In 1964, A.R. Mortensen and C. Gregory Crampton founded the American West Center. Their vision was to research and father the history and culture of the American West. It is the oldest regional studies center of its type. For the past 50 years, the Center has gathered more than 7,000 oral histories, including more than 2,000 oral histories with Native Americans and interviews with people of many other ethnicities. A major contribution made by the Center is in creating the Utah Indian Digitization Project and its website. The Center recently launched a new special collection for Vietnam Veterans.
Brent Ashworth
Brent F. Ashworth has been a force for good in the history community for nearly 50 years – with both a passion and love for the history of Utah and for collecting significant historical materials. Over his career, Brent has shared thousands of presentations to school groups, Boys and Girls Scout groups, civic organizations, and university classes – and never accepting payment for these presentations. Brent has demonstratively brought history to life for thousands Utah citizens.  Through his ardent collecting, he has also made available primary sources that have been used by scholars to better understand little or misunderstood aspects of Utah’s history.
Su Richards
Su has conducted exhibits for Wheeler Farm and Murray City Museum. She co-wrote “Old Lamps for New: The Failed Campaign to Bring Electric Street Lighting to Salt Lake City.” She helped Robert Kirby find the final resting place of Territorial Warden Mathew B. Burgher, who was killed in the line-of-duty in 1876. Su produced the video “Giants on the Skyline,” documenting the history of the Murray smokestacks before the demolition in 2000. She has coordinated the Fort Douglas Military Museum’s Women’s Military Service Memorial Project. Su was involved in the early development of Murray’s Historic Preservation Advisory Board and served on that Board. She participated in the development of the Murray City Museum.
Friends of the Clark Farm
The purpose of the “Friends of the Clark Farm” is to preserve, renovate and revitalize the J. Reuben Clark Historic Farm in Grantsville. The historic site has two well-built barns dating to the 1880s, including the Clark family home built by J. Reuben Clark in the 1940s. The Clark home houses the local Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum as well as a daycare facility. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this property was sold to Grantsville City with the stipulation that it be historically preserved.
Outstanding Achievement in History Awards
Hilltop Park Site
The Hilltop Park Site is a remnant Anasazi village located on private land overlooking the confluence of the Virgin and Santa Clara River. In 2012, Gardiner Dalley received permission from the site’s landowner, Kim Heaton, to excavate this well-known site. Over the past two years, Dalley has engaged experienced archaeologists, Barbara Frank, Greg Woodall and others to excavate this site at no cost. This team has worked with St. George City officials to promote heritage tourism and archaeological awareness. The Hilltop Park Site has served as a catalyst for the city to add ordinances that consider archaeological significance for nearby areas of land.
Wasatch Academy, Liberal Hall
Liberal Hall is significant in the history of both Sanpete County and the state. Construction began in 1874 by a group of local citizens who were disenchanted with the Mormon faith and wanted a building for their own religious and social activities. A year later, Presbyterian minister established a congregation and missionary school at Liberal Hall, which became the base of operations for a network of missionary schools in the territory and the foundation of Wasatch Academy. In the 1990s, Wasatch Academy acquired ownership of Liberal Hall, but was unable to use the building due to its deteriorated condition. With the help of Certified Local Government grants, Wasatch Academy undertook a total building rehabilitation, even pursuing a major capital-campaign. Today, Liberty Hall has been carefully restored as a major landmark on Mt. Pleasant’s Main Street and serves as the museum and cultural center for the Wasatch Academy.
Michael Brenchley
Dr. Michael Benchley has demonstrated an enduring commitment to promoting history education in central Utah. As a professor of sociology, anthropology and history at Snow College, he has inspired his students in the classroom and has played an active role in the scholarly community. As a board member of Ephraim’s Scandinavian Festival, he has created bridges from the academic world to public history. Through his involvement with the National History Day program, he has extended his reach to hundreds of middle- and high-school students in Utah’s rural communities.
William P. MacKinnon Award
Each year, William P. MacKinnon generously provides funds to further the professional development of a meritorious employee of Utah State History. This year, the William P. MacKinnon award goes to Dr. Chris Merritt, a Senior Preservation Specialist.
Historical Article Awards
The Dale L. Morgan Award for the best scholarly article appearing in the Utah Historical Quarterly goes to Ron Walker for his “Buchanan, Popular Sovereignty, and the Mormons.”  In the 1856 presidential election, James Buchanan won on a platform of “popular sovereignty.” The question was whether popular sovereignty should indeed apply to Utah, with its peculiar institution of polygamy. Walker deftly tackles the politics tied up with this very interesting constitutional question.
The Charles Redd Center for Western Study Award for the best general interest article in the Utah Historical Quarterly goes to Dawn Retta Brimhall and Sandra Dawn Brimhall for “Labor Spies in Utah During the Early Twentieth Century.” Against a troubled backdrop of absentee owners, wage fixing, and economic panic, the article follows Pinkerton spies sent to infiltrate labor unions in Utah in the 1900s.
Selected by the Utah Historical Quarterly editors, the Nick Yengich Memoral Editors’ Choice Award goes to Wilfred D. Samuels and David A. Hales for their article, “Wallace Henry Thomas: A Utah Contributor to the Harlem Renaissance.” The article reveals a man’s journey from an unusual childhood in Salt Lake City to become a Harlem Renaissance publisher and writer who Langston Hughes called “strangely brilliant.” The authors have created a rich portrait of Thurman through his writings and personal history with side trips into the African-American communities in early twentieth-century Salt Lake City and Jazz Age New York City.
The Helen Papanikolas Award for the best college or university student’s paper on “Women’s History in Utah” goes to Lorie Rands,  a Weber State University student, for her paper, “Food, Comfort, and a Bit of Home: Maude Porter and the Ogden Canteen, 1942-1946. Rands explores Maude Porter’s management of the Red Cross Canteen in Ogden. Fueled by community volunteership and the dedication of a fleet of civic-minded women, the canteen catered to traveling servicemen. It became one of the busiest Red Cross canteens in the area and a model for efficiency.
The LeRoy S. Axland Award for the best Utah history article appearing in a publication other than the Utah Historical Quarterly goes to R. Douglas Brackenridge for “About the Worst Man in Utah: William R. Campbell and the Crusade Against Brigham H. Roberts, 1898 – 1900.” This article appeared in the Journal of Mormon History. As Brackenridge writes, both friends and foes of William Campbell could agree that he was “about the worst man in Utah.” Campbell was a Presbyterian home missionary, an advocate of an anti-polygamy amendment to the Constitution, and a major figure in the effort to bar B. H. Roberts from being seated in Congress.
Book Awards
The Francis Armstrong Madsen Award for the best book on Utah history published during 2012 goes to Todd Compton for “A Frontier Life: Jacob Hamblin, Explorer and Indian Missionary.” This new biography has been described as the magnificent, exhaustively researched chronicle that a figure such as Hamblin deserves. Compton steps away from the myths surrounding Hamblin and puts the story of this explorer, colonizer, and Indian missionary in the context of his times. A Frontier Life is especially notable for its thoughtful and even-handed treatment of Hamblin’s relationship with Native Americans.
The Smith-Pettit Foundation Best Documentary Book Award for the editor of the best documentary book in Utah history published in 2012 goes to Elizabeth O. Anderson for editing “Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875 – 1932.” As a rancher, family man, politician, high LDS church official, and much more, Ivins was nothing short of fascinating. His personal papers are housed at the Utah State Historical Society; it is a collection that contains, in part, more than sixty of his diaries. In Cowboy Apostle, Anderson has carefully transcribed and edited these diaries, as well as other documents pertaining especially to Ivins’s relationship with post-manifesto polygamy.
The Amy Allen Price Military History Award for the editor of a book, article, or museum exhibit significantly contributing to an understanding of United States military history as it relates to Utah goes to Robert S. McPherson and Samuel Holiday for “Under the Eagle: Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker.” An extraordinary fusion of autobiography, oral history, and ethnography, the book recounts Holiday’s life story with immediacy and clarity, centering on his experiences as a code-talker in the Pacific arena.
“Utah has hundreds of local organizations, clubs and committees committed to documenting and preserving significant traces of the past,” added Westwood. “Many of the societal and economic benefits of this preservation to local communities is being recognized. The most interesting history and historic preservation is local and grassroots; this is where the scholarship and passion meet.”
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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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