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Sept 2015 Brown Bags

Please join us for five fascinating discussions in September as we prepare for our annual conference (“Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past”) on October 2nd. The first four brown bags begin at 12 noon. (ONLY the Sept. 30th will begin at 1 p.m.)  Bring your friends and your lunch!

Location: Utah State Archives, 346 South Rio Grande St., 1st floor conference room.

September 2nd – “‘Some Things She Should Know': Beauty Culture and Modern Womanhood in Salt Lake City, 1890-1930” with Melissa Coy
This presentation explores how the growing acceptance of cosmetics influenced intergenerational conflict at a time when patterns of behavior became an important marker of Mormon identity.

September 9th – “A Summer Home for the People of Denver:” Building Denver’s Mountain Parks, 1910-1940” with Dr. Wendy Rex-Atzet
Learn how and why the City of Denver, Colorado, built an extensive system of municipal mountain parks, a decades-long effort that dovetailed with the national park movement in America. Many of the parks in this distinctive system — Red Rocks, Echo Lake, and Lookout Mountain, for example — remain significant destinations for locals and tourists today.

September 16th – “In With a Suitcase, Out With a Truck: Salt Lake City’s Historic Apartment Buildings of the Early 20th Century” – with Lisa-Michele Church, J.D.
Take a photographic tour of Salt Lake’s beautiful apartment buildings built from 1904-1938 in the heart of the city.  With whimsical names such as the Piccadilly, Peter Pan and Bell Wines, these buildings capture an era where apartments became places of beginnings and endings for many people willing to try a new form of residential living.

September 23rd – “Copy, Ink, and Diverse Voices: Ethnic and Vernacular Press in Utah History” with Dr. Joel Campbell
When immigrants have come to Utah, most have made connections to the familiar –- whether it be through family, churches, social organizations, newsletters, or newspapers. Some 83 ethnic-oriented and vernacular newspapers became links to news from home, news about local cultural gatherings and people, as well as jobs and trade.  Come listen to Dr. Joel Campbell for this fascinating discussion.

September 30th – KSL’s Doug Wright
Details to follow. This brown bag will begin at 1 p.m.

Please contact Kevin Fayles if you have any questions at or 801-245-7254.

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2015 State History Conference Keynote

October 2, 2015, 12:00pm
Utah Cultural Celebration Center

Keynote speaker Pamela S. Perlich, PhD

Pam Perlich

Utah’s Hidden Diversity:  Decoding Evidence from the Census

The people and communities of Utah have always been more diverse than has been represented in official government population statistics. For example, the Census of 1850 omitted Native Americans, a population that far outnumbered the Mormons pioneers who were mostly of European descent and classified as “White.” This created an official record of the Utah population as majority White.

Even the most recent official categorization of people still anchors “diversity” to the concept of race, with “minorities” defined as any person who identifies themselves as anything other than “White Alone and Not Hispanic.” In this official statistical system, many of the most recent arrivals to Utah are also invisible. Persons of Middle Eastern heritage, for example, are instructed to declare themselves “White Alone and Not Hispanic.” These changing official categories of race, ethnicity, nativity, and ancestry provide a window into the changing landscape of race and nativist politics and perennially collide with the realities of a place with a tapestry of richly diverse cultural communities.

This talk overviews and navigates through the official historical Census record of the people of Utah and critically evaluates the myth that Utah has always been and forever will remain, predominantly Mormon, white, and young.

Pamela Perlich, Ph.D. is Director of Demographic Research at The Policy Institute at the University of Utah where she leads the newly formed Demographic Team. In this role, she and her team are responsible for developing and producing population estimates and projections, neighborhood indicators, and demographic analyses focusing on Utah. Formerly she worked as a Senior Research Economist with the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR), which has recently merged into The Policy Institute. Prior to joining BEBR, she worked in the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, concentrating on long run economic and demographic projections.

She has researched, published, and taught on a wide range of topics over the course of her career. Although trained as an economist, she applies a multidisciplinary approach to develop data, modeling, and analysis that identifies ongoing demographic, economic and cultural transformations. The focus of her work is to illuminate these trends and the associated implications for the future, especially as they impact Utah.

She has received awards for teaching, publication, and public service. She often serves as a resource to the press, providing the Utah context for broader events. Pamela serves on numerous boards and commissions. Her most recent endeavor is the establishment of the Utah Community Data Project, which provides frequently updated neighborhood portraits that highlight the great diversity in our communities and how these change over time.

Utah Historical Quarterly Current Issue

Volume 83, Number 3 (Summer Issue):

Published since 1928, the Utah Historical Quarterly is the state’s premier history journal and the source for reliable, engaging Utah history. Join the Historical Society for your own copy.

Each issue of the Utah Historical Quarterly is accompanied with rich web supplements that introduce readers to sources, photos, interviews, and other engaging material. These “extras” are located at

WEB EXTRAS: See here 



The Russian Molokans of Park Valley
By Marshall E. Bowen

The Uncompahgre Reservation and the Hill Creek Extension
By Kathryn L. MacKay

Women Inventors in Utah Territory
By Christine Cooper-Rompato

The Carol Carlisle Summer Wedding Dress Collection
A Photo Essay

Found: Rare First Edition of the Earliest Ute and Shoshone Vocabulary
By Richard E. Turley Jr. and Brent M. Rogers

In 1976, the Utah State Historical Society published The Peoples of Utah, a groundbreaking work edited by Helen Z. Papanikolas. In it, Papanikolas and others conveyed the breadth of Utah’s past by recounting the history of some of the state’s ethnic groups—the “pioneers of many cultural strains.” This year, the historical society is revisiting the question of diversity in Utah with an annual conference focused on the theme of “Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past.” The summer 2015 issue of Utah Historical Quarterly is part of that exploration.

The arid, expansive landscape of western Box Elder County was once home to an unlikely group of settlers: members of the Russian nonconformist sect known as the Molokans. Persecuted in their own land, the Molokans scouted for places to live in North America, eventually coming in the thousands to California, Arizona, Mexico, Washington State, and—for a time—Park Valley, Utah. In the mid-1910s, at least twenty-seven Molokan families settled and stayed there for a year or more. The opening article in this issue brings the insights of geography to the account of the Park Valley Molokans and traces the experiences of five families before and after their sojourn in Utah. Though the Molokans might have seemed homogenous to outsiders, Marshall E. Bowen writes that “they did not all worship in the same way,” and they followed “diverse paths” throughout their lives.

In another corner of the state, Ute bands in Utah occupied the Uintah Reservation, created in 1861, while Utes in Colorado were removed to the adjacent Uncompahgre Reservation near the Green and White rivers. Reservation lands represented a fraction of the Northern Utes’ aboriginal territory. Still, no sooner had Congress created the Uncompahgre Reservation for Colorado Utes in 1882 that it also begin to consider dividing reservation lands into private land holdings—allotments—for individual Indians. In 1897, Congress opened unalloted lands of the Uncompahgre Reservation to white entry. Our second article details the twentieth-century struggle of the Ute people to win back lands within the boundaries of the 1882 Uncompahgre Reservation. Although the Hill Creek Extension—passed by the Congress in 1948—did not return to the Utes the full acreage, the addition represented a hard-won victory for Utes and employees of the Bureau of Indian Affairs working to undo the damage that opening the reservation had on the tribe and its traditions.

Much of the scholarship about nineteenth-century American women considers their place in the so-called public and private spheres, or, put differently, how society limited the activities of women. The third article adds to the discussion by approaching the past with a specific question: how many women in Utah Territory were granted patents in their own names. It finds that five Utah women successfully patented an invention during this era. The inventions were as individual as their creators, and they serve as evidence that at least some Utah women participated in the world of nineteenth-century business and that a host of people laid the foundations of modern Utah.

The cover of this issue features the wedding dresses of a great-aunt, a mother, and her daughter, material representations of the lives of three women from three disparate moments in the twentieth century. The issue’s fourth piece tells the stories behind these and other dresses that belong to the Carol Carlisle Summer Collection—a group of objects and documents that provides a glimpse into more than one hundred years of history of an extended family.

From material evidence about the lives of women we move to a recently rediscovered artifact of Native-white interactions in territorial Utah. Dimick B. Huntington was a nineteenth-century Mormon missionary with a skill for regional Native languages; in 1853, Huntington prepared and published a Ute and Shoshone vocabulary. For some time, this 1853 edition of the vocabulary was believed to be no longer extant. The final piece in the issue tells the story of how it resurfaced.


Paul T. Nelson, Wrecks of Human Ambition: A History of Utah’s Canyon Country to 1936. Reviewed by Robert S. McPherson

Michael L. Tate, ed. The Great Medicine Road: Narratives of the Oregon, California, and the Mormon Trails. Reviewed by F. Ross Peterson

Julie Debra Neuffer, Helen Andelin and the Fascinating Womanhood Movement. Reviewed by Charlotte Hansen Terry

Susan E. Gray and Gayle Gullett, eds. Continent Maps: Rethinking Western Women’s History and the North American West. Reviewed by Stephanie Fuglaar Statz

Michael W. Homer, Joseph’s Temples: The Dynamic Relationship between Freemasonry and Mormonism. Reviewed by Brady G. Winslow


Gerald R. Clark, Supplying Custer: The Powder River Supply Depot, 1876

Dick Johnston, Won’t Quit: An Escalante Love Story

Norma R. Dalton and Alene Dalton, Images of America: Nine Mile Canyon

Julius C. Birge and Barbara B. Birge, The Awakening of the Desert: An Adventure-Filled Memoir of the Old West

Linda Dunning, Away from the Fold: An Encyclopedia of Utah Performers, vols. 1 and 2



2015 Annual Utah State History Conference

Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past

Utah is – and always has been – an eclectic mix of peoples and communities. Join us on October 2nd at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center for a free conference full of workshops, history sessions, panels and documentaries on the theme of multicultural diversity. Lunch is included on October 2nd.  Workshops and tours will also be held in conjunction with the conference (please see below for details and dates).

Utah’s history is enriched by the study of a host of peoples, experiences, and voices. The histories of ethnicity, gender, work, and family, from the perspective of ordinary people, do more than pepper diversity in Utah history: they fundamentally change and enhance our understanding of the state and its past. These histories are ones of empowerment, creativity, and survival, as well as conquest, dispossession, and prejudice.

Register for the conference

Conference Overview Schedule

October 1, 2015
Workshops (click here for schedule)
Rio Grande Depot
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT
October 2, 2015
History Sessions (click here for schedule)
Lunch and Keynote
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City, UT
October 3, 2105
Tour of Iosepa (click here for schedule)
Separate paid registration is required!
(registration will be posted soon)
October 10, 2015
Tour of Topaz (click here for schedule)
Separate paid registration is required!
(registration will be posted soon)


For questions, please contact Alycia Aldrich at or 801-245-7226

Thank you to our conference sponsors:  W.W. Clyde and Co., American West Center, Ames Construction, Chevron, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, Fort Douglas Military Museum, J. Willard Marriott Library, and Utah Westerners.

October 2, 2105 12:00 Lunch and Awards Program
Keynote Speaker Pamela S. Perlich, “Utah’s Hidden Diversity: Decoding Evidence from the Census”

September 2015 Brown Bags
Please join us at Utah State Archives for five fascinating discussions in September as we prepare for our annual conference (“Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past”) on October 2nd. The first four brown bags begin at 12 noon. (ONLY the Sept. 30th will begin at 1 p.m.)  Bring your friends and your lunch!


October 2, 2015 8:45 am – 5:00 p.m. History Sessions

Paper abstracts and presenter biographies will soon be added.

8:45 – 10:15 a.m. 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. 1:45 – 3:15 p.m. 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
The Breadth of Regional History: The Case of Southeastern Utah (panel) Rediscovering Utah’s Native Voices Paiutes and the Circleville Massacre after 150 Years (panel) Religion and Race: Evaluating Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (panel)
Archaeology, Paleontology, and Ethnography Under-documented Communities in Utah: Iosepa & Chinese Railroad Workers (panel) Pitching Tents and Breaking Trail: Three Historians Afield with the Utah War Diversity and Sport
Engaging Minorities and Making Room Disability Rights Movement in Utah and the Nation (panel) Immigration in Early Twentieth-Century Utah Religious and Cultural Difference
Politics and Religious Authority Documenting the Topaz Experience Many Voices in Utah History Native-White Interaction in Nineteenth-Century Utah
Sustaining Vietnamese-American Voices: The Utah Vietnam Oral History Project (panel) The Power of Oral History: Uncovering the Stories of Latino/as in Utah (panel) Latino Voices in Cache Valley (panel) Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past through Oral History (panel)
Magna: An American Story (documentary) Splinters of a Nation: The Story of German Prisoners of War in Utah (documentary/panel) 1:45-2:15 — The Twelve Left Behind (documentary)
2:20-5:00 — In Football We Trust (documentary) and Polynesians in Utah (panel)

8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

The Breadth of Regional History: The Case of Southeastern Utah (Room 101)

  • Panel: Robert McPherson (chair), Floyd O’Neill, Kent Powell, and Lee Ann Kreutzer

Archaeology, Paleontology, and Ethnography (Room 102)

  • Lori Hunsaker (chair)
  • Daniel King: Jurassic Jones: The Archaeology of Paleontology
  • Joseph Bryce: Marks in the Clay: Impressions and What They Tell Us
  • Madison N. M. Pearce: Prehistoric Diets and Medicines of the Utah Great Basin: Using Ethnohistory to Explore Botanical Remains From Spotten Cave Human Coprolites

Engaging Minorities and Making Room (Room 104)

  • Elizabeth Heath (chair)
  • Lloyd Pendleton: Utah’s Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
  • Gerrit van Dyk and Jeremy Ingersoll: Their Hispanic Heritage: The Preservation of Different Cultures in LDS Spanish-speaking Congregations

Politics and Religious Authority (Room 105)

  • Greg Thompson (chair)
  • Gary Bergera: Ezra Taft Benson Meets Nikita Khrushchev, 1959: Memory Embellished
  • Kenneth and Geoffrey Cannon: Separation of Prophet and State? The 1914 Reelection of Reed Smoot
  • Jason Friedman: “Unless the ‘Saints’ decorate my personage with plumage and ‘something to make it stick’”: Duncan McMillan and the fight for Wasatch Academy

Sustaining Vietnamese-American Voices: The Utah Vietnam Oral History Project (Suite A)

  • Panel: Chris Dunsmore (chair), panelists TBA

Magna: An American Story (documentary) (Suite B)

  • Trish Hull (chair)

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Rediscovering Utah’s Native Voices (Room 101)

  • Panel: Shirlee Silversmith (chair), Richard Turley, Brent Rogers, Gregory Smoak, Shoshone and Ute Native speakers

Under-documented Communities in Utah: Iosepa and Chinese Railroad Workers (Room 102)

  • Panel:TBA

Disability Rights Movement in Utah and the Nation (Room 104)

  • Panel: Troy Justesen (chair), Barbara Toomer, Sherry L. Repscher, Tracy R. Justesen

Documenting the Topaz Experience (Room 105)

  • Scotti Hill: When Words Weren’t Enough: Art of the Topaz Internment Camp
  • Jane Beckwith

The Power of Oral History: Uncovering the Stories of Latino/as in Utah (Suite A)

  • Panel: Matt Basso (chair), Jennifer Macias, Juan Jose Garcia, Andrea Garavito Martinez

Splinters of a Nation: The Story of German Prisoners of War in Utah (documentary/panel) (Suite B)

  • Panel: Scott Porter, Allan Kent Powell

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Paiutes and the Circleville Massacre after 150 Years (Room 101)

  • Panel: Richard Turley (chair), Suzanne Catharine, Dorina Martineau, Sue Jensen Weeks, and Albert Winkler

Pitching Tents and Breaking Trail: Three Historians Afield with the Utah War (Room 102)

  • Ken Alford: “And a Bitter Experience It Was”: The Utah War and the 1858 Move South
  • James F. Martin: “Sibleys amongst the Snow”: Locating Old Camp Scott
  • William MacKinnon: Summing Up the Utah War: One Historian’s Twenty-first Century Conclusions

Immigration in Early Twentieth-Century Utah (Room 104)

  • John Sillito (chair)
  • Brian Whitney and Lorrie Rands: Immigrants at the Crossroads: An Oral History of Immigration into Ogden, Utah
  • Eileen Hallet Stone: Utah’s Jewish Agrarian Pioneers
  • Rochelle Kaplan: Jews in Utah: Not an Oxymoron!

Many Voices in Utah History (Room 105)

  • Colleen Whitley (chair)
  • Allen Dale Roberts: British Influence on Pioneer Utah’s Greek and Gothic Revival
  • David Hales, Sandra Brimhall: You’re a Woman. You Can’t Be a Certified Public Accountant: The Trials and Struggles of Hannah Claire Haines, Utah’s First Woman CPA and Prominent Business Woman
  • Seth Anderson:  “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re Fabulous, Get Used to Us!”: Queer Nation, 1991-1992

Latino Voices in Cache Valley (Suite A)

  • Panel: Brad Cole (chair), Randy Williams, Eduardo Ortiz, Maria Luisa Spicer-Escalante

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

The Twelve Left Behind (documentary) (Suite B)

  • Desk Top History’s film short “The Twelve Left Behind,” the story of Italian prisoners of war during World War II, produced by Kelly Nelson

2:20 – 5:00 p.m.

In Football We Trust (documentary) (license agreement pending)

Polynesians in Utah (Suite B)

  • Panel: Jake Fitisemanu Jr., Ulysses Thomas Tongaoneval, other panelists TBA

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Religion and Race: Evaluating Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (Room 101)

  • Panel: Brad Westwood (chair), David Rich Lewis, Michael H. MacKay, Paul Reeve, and LaShawn Williams-Schultz

Diversity and Sport (Room 102)

  • Joseph Soderberg: Wicket Mormons and Cricket Gentiles: Cultural Imperialism in Utah’s Sporting Past
  • Intermountain Cricket League Exhibition

Religious and Cultural Difference (Room 104)

  • Will Bagley (chair)
  • Isaiah Jones: The Gentile Stays in Cache Valley
  • Craig L. Foster and Newell G. Bringhurst: Two Changing Faces of Fundamentalist Mormonism: Rulon and Warren Jeffs

Native-White Interaction in Nineteenth-Century Utah (Room 105)

  • David Grua (chair)
  • Wendy Simmons Johnson: An Underground Store, the Skull Valley Goshute, and Red Ink:  Contact Period in Rush Valley
  • Hadyn B. Call: Kidnapped and Purchased: Piecing Together the Story of Ruth Piede Call Davids—a Paiute Indian
  • Jim Keyes: Showdown in the canyons: History of interaction between early cattle ranchers and Native Americans in southeastern Utah.

Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past through Oral History (Suite A)

  • Panel:
    • Jodi Graham (chair)
    • Randy Williams: Cache Valley Refugee Voices
    • Deborah M. George: New Zion Community Advocates, Inc.
    • Sarah Langsdon Singh


Research Resources


In addition to our Collections and Digital Collections, explore the resources below for more information on Utah History. Contact the Research Center for additional research needs.


History_Stacks2Utah State Historical Society Publications

Search books and periodicals published over the years by the Utah State Historical Society



History_childrenHistory to Go

Utah History to Go also offers information about interesting facts and lessons about Utah history, biographies of famous Utahns, and a comprehensive bibliography to help you with your Utah history quest.



Utah_GameI Love History

Kids love history too! The I Love History site has resources and interactive activities for kids of all ages.



History_CemeteriesCemeteries Database

Search cemetery and burial records from cemeteries throughout Utah.




  History_MonumentMarkers and Monuments

Search markers and monuments throughout Utah and some western states.




49-E-Main-Torrey_large  Historic Buildings Research

Utah’s State Historic Preservation Office assists communities, agencies, and the general public in researching, surveying, designating, and treating their historic buildings and structures


History_SanbornMapsSanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps contain property information and history for many cities throughout Utah. Check out digitized Sanborn maps hosted by the University of Utah Marriott Library. Also, come to our Research Center to see hard copy Sanborn maps.


History_NewspapersUtah Digital Newspapers

Search numerous Utah newspapers at Utah Digital Newspapers, hosted by the University of Utah Marriott Library. Most of Utah State History’s newspapers are digitized and online at Utah Digital Newspapers.


History_UtahStateArchives2Utah State Archives

The Utah State Archives has records from Territorial and State agencies that can be researched and accessed in the joint Research Center operated by Utah State Archives and Utah State History.




Have a research question? Ask our librarians.


2015 Utah State History Conference Workshops

October 1, 2015
Rio Grande Depot
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT

Registration for workshops


Writing History and Publishing in Utah Historical Quarterly
Holly George
9:00 am – 11:00 am, West Lecture Room

This free public workshop will present some of the basics writing history, as well as information about submitting a manuscript to the Utah Historical Quarterly. The second half of the workshop will be hands-on, with an opportunity for participants to talk about individual writing projects. Come prepared with ideas, questions, and manuscripts.

Holly George is a Senior State Historian at the Utah Division of State History and co-managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly.


Preservation Consultant Workshop
Cory Jensen, Nelson Knight
9:00 am – noon, Board Room

This workshop will cover a variety of topics and issues regarding Architectural Survey, National Register of Historic Places nomination procedures, PreservationPro database, and Section 106 Review.

Cory Jensen is a Preservation Program Specialist and manages the National Register Architectural Survey programs and review compliance for FHWA/UDOT projects.

Nelson Knight is a Tax Credit Program Coordinator in State History’s Historic Preservation Office.  He manages the state and federal incentives programs for historic properties.  His research focus is on Salt Lake City’s history as well as historic workflow diagrams.


Introduction to Oral History
Allan Kent Powell, Megan van Frank and Jedediah Rogers
9 am – noon, Zephyr Conference Room

Oral history is a powerful tool for people to understand their family stories and community history. Whether used for scholarly research, finding community stories, or fleshing out one’s family history, oral history provides unusual access to stories not otherwise known or in danger of being lost.  This workshop will provide a focused introduction to the art and craft of oral history: to the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline—what it can, and cannot, tell us about the past—and to the nuts and bolts of executing successful oral history projects. Participants will learn how to make pre-interview preparations, interact with interviewees, conduct interviews, and transcribe and archive recorded interviews. They will receive experiential practice preparing probing questions, conducting an interview, and editing an oral history transcript. An orientation to the Utah Humanities and Utah Division of State History joint oral history program will also be provided.

Allan Kent Powell worked 43 years for the Utah State Historical Society, including over ten years as senior state historian and managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly. He has served as chairman of the Utah Oral History Consortium. Powell offered training and technical assistance to individuals engaged in oral history projects, and together with Utah Humanities awarded oral history grants to deserving projects statewide. He is author and editor of The Next Time We Strike: Labor in Utah’s Coal Fields, 1900–1933, Splinters of a Nation, Utah Remembers World War II, A German Odyssey: The World War II Journal of Helmut Horner, and Nels Anderson’s World War I Diary. Powell served as General Editor of the twenty-nine volume Utah Centennial County History Series and as editor of Utah History Encyclopedia.

Megan van Frank directs community history and museums programming for Utah Humanities.

Jedediah Rogers is a Senior State Historian at the Utah Division of State History and co-managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly.


Cultural Compliance Course
Christopher W. Merritt
Christopher L. Hansen
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Zephyr Conference Room

Whether a wily veteran or a bright-eyed novice, the cultural compliance process can be complicated and daunting but critical to the success of all state and federal projects. Join the Utah State Historic Preservation Office for a cultural compliance refresher course that will cover the basics of the process for both the federal (Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act) and state (Utah Code Annotated 9-8-404). This workshop is geared towards agencies, but private contractors are urged to attend to help guide their clients through the process as well. All course materials will be provided, all you need to bring are questions.

Christopher W. Merritt, Ph.D. Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Archaeological Compliance Reviewer. With archaeological experiences working for academic institutions, federal agencies, private contractors, and now the Utah SHPO, Merritt has engaged in the compliance process from nearly every potential angle.

Christopher L. Hansen, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Architectural Compliance Reviewer. Working for over a decade at the Utah SHPO, Hansen has reviewed a wide variety of Section 106 and 404 cases and complex issues. Prior to the his work at the Utah SHPO, Hansen did preservation work at the local level in Spokane and Ogden.


2015 State History Conference Tours

iscOctober 3, 2015 Iosepa Tour

In 1889, Pacific Islander converts to the Mormon Church, established a community in Skull Valley, naming it Iosepa (i.e., “Joseph”). The settlement survived for 28 years, finally being abandoned in 1917.To celebrate the rich Asian and Pacific Islander heritage of Utah please join the Utah Division of State History and the Fort Douglas Military Museum for an introduction to the history and archaeological legacy of this community and its descendants. After a background lecture by Dr. Benjamin Pykles of the LDS Church History Department, the tour will head out to what remains of the Iosepa Townsite and Cemetery for a step back in time. While in Skull Valley the tour will take advantage of the proximity to see the original ruts and cuts from the Donner-Reed and Hastings Cutoff route of the California National Historic Trail with interpretive discussions along the way. The field trip will begin with a Iosepa lecture at the Fort Douglas Military Museum by Ben Pykles, then travel to Iosepa at 10:00 am, returning to Fort Douglas at 3:00 pm.  A boxed lunch will be provided.
Separate paid $50.00 registration is required!
(registration to be posted shortly)

topaz_7_fullOctober 10, 2015 Topaz Tour

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It also marks the closing of the Topaz internment camp near Delta, Utah, where over 11,000 Japanese-Americans were imprisoned between 1942 and the camp’s closure in 1945. To commemorate and explore the rich and troubling history of this seldom-seen side of the American home front, the Utah Division of State History, the Fort Douglas Military Museum and the American West Center would like to invite you on a tour of the internment camp and the brand new Topaz Museum.

Admission to this day-long tour will include a bag lunch and a copy of Yoshiko Uchida’s classic story of life at Topaz, Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family. Dr. John Reed of the University of Utah History Department will provide historical information en route.

Separate paid registration is required!
(schedule and registration to be posted shortly)

UHQ Summer 2015 Web Supplements

1_MolokansA Conversation with Marshall E. Bowen on Russian Molokans in Box Elder County, Utah

Marshall E. Bowen, “The Russian Molokans of Park Valley”

In this Q&A we asked Marshall Bowen about the brief tenure of the Molokans in Park Valley and the process of uncovering their history.


2_Hill-CreekThe Hill Creek Extension: A Portfolio of Primary Documents

Kathryn MacKay, “The Uncompahgre Reservation and the Hill Creek Extension”

We offer faithful reproductions of some of the BIA records that MacKay used to detail the Ute Tribe’s long struggle to secure the Hill Creek Extension.


3_women-inventorsEarly Utah Women Inventors: A Conversation with Christine Cooper-Rompato

Christine Cooper-Rompato, “Women Inventors in Utah Territory”

We sat down with Christine Cooper-Rompato to discuss her research on Utah’s nineteenth-century women inventors. Click here for the audio of our conversation. We also provide links to many of the patents filed by these inventors.

4_wedding-dressThe Carol Carlisle Summer Wedding Dress Collection: A Photo Gallery

The Carol Carlisle Summer Wedding Dress Collection: A Photo Essay

Check out beautiful color photos from the wedding dress collection housed at the Utah State Historical Society. Photographs by Anna Oldroyd.


5_indian-vocabulariesUte and Shoshone Vocabularies

Found: Rare First Edition of the Earliest Ute and Shoshone Vocabulary

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries a number of Ute and Shoshone vocabularies were published in Utah. We provide links to the three editions of Dimick Baker Huntington, as well as volumes produced by Joseph A. Gebow, George W. Hill, and Ralph V. Chamberlin. Digitized copies courtesy of the LDS Church History Department.


World War II Honor List

The End of World War II in Images

Taken on August 14, 1945, the following images taken in downtown Salt Lake City are from the Salt Lake Tribune Collection housed at the Utah State Historical Society. Gathered by Ron Fox, these photos capture the emotion felt as Japan surrendered.

Click here for Utah’s World War II “Honor List of Dead and Missing,” which was published by the War Department in June 1946. This report also lists each Utahn casualty by name, according to their county of residence.