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Merwin & Hulbert Pocket Army Revolver
circa 1870-1880

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Merwin & Hulbert produced revolvers for only thirty years, going out of business in 1892. Among those was this pocket army .44 Calibre revolver, which used the same ammunition as a 1873 Winchester, with its mother-of-pearl handle. The use of such weapons in Wild West shows and Hollywood movies contributed to the legend of the West, but settlers did rely on firearms in everyday life. Mormon settlers traded away guns for goods with immigrants, trappers, and Native Americans. Brigham Young warned against the practice, claiming the settlers were arming the enemy by “heating the kettle of boiling water to scald your own feet.”  The 1860s brought mass production of weapons and the popularity of the repeated firing feature. To Utah, the 1860s brought more involved conflicts with Native Americans and the arrival of the federal army, causing settlers to value firearms more as an asset than a commodity to be traded.

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March 8, 1894

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On the eve of Utah’s Statehood, the men who were elected to the last Territorial legislature bridged a number of religious and cultural divides. After 1890 a general sense of cooperation pervaded Utah’s business and political worlds. Political party allegiances were re-drawn to match national patterns, and businessmen encouraged cooperation with each other regardless of political or religious affiliations through their positions on Chambers of Commerce.

By 1894, Representative Anthony W. Ivins believed that “an era of good feeling and fellowship sprang up, and as confidence in each other was developed, toward none was it more universally extended than toward our fellow member who had been chosen as Speaker of this House, to preside over us.” At this point, House Speaker Albion Emery’s health was deteriorating quickly. Emery had made his fortune in the Silver King Mining Company in Park City and spent most of his years in Utah in public service. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the Republican “was a thorough Western man in tastes, habits and inclinations; a man of great good sense, keen mind, and warm sympathies—a steadfast friend, a companionable gentleman.”

Emery’s genial nature endeared himself to his fellow representatives, regardless of political allegiance. On the last day of the legislative session, Representative Ivins, a Democrat, presented the gavel to Speaker Emery as a token of gratitude and camaraderie. Ivins described the gavel’s symbolism on the House floor: “It is made of mountain mahogany, one of the hardest and most enduring of woods, appropriate symbol of our respect and esteem, which shall endure yet for many days to come. The golden bands with which it is bound are not more pure and imperishable than should be our loyalty and patriotism to our country and its institutions; those golden bands are not more endless than shall be the life of our Nation, which must go on and on, becoming more and more the light of the world, with never ending story.” Ivins continued, “The names engraven upon those bands of gold, Mr. Speaker, are the names of your friends and fellow laborers, in whose behalf I make this presentation. As you read them in the years to come may they bring back some pleasant remembrance of the Thirty-first Legislative Assembly of Utah, and your association with the men of whom that body was composed.” Several months later, Emery succumbed to his illness a few days shy of his 48th birthday.

Not only does the gavel represent Albion Emery’s ability to endear himself to his colleagues, but it also signifies a moment in Utah’s history when political leaders worked together to bridge the religious, cultural, economic, and political divides that had plagued Utahns in the 1870s and 1880s. It is a symbol of hope for Utah’s future as the 45th state in the Union.

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Topaz Brooch B

The Power of Objects


Artist(s): Unknown
Donor: Rae S. Fujimoto
circa 1943

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These shell brooches from the internment camp at Topaz, Utah originally belonged to Rae Shizue Nakamoto Fujimoto. The Fujimotos’ story is remarkable. Despite personal loss amid injustice, the family found peace in moments of hardship.

Rae was born in San Francisco in 1908, the daughter of Japanese immigrants. Her father, Sekitaro Nakamoto, registered for the draft during World War I. Rae married Edward Kanta Fujimoto in 1940, a widower with a fifteen-year-old daughter, Grace. Born and educated in Japan, Edward immigrated to the United States after his parents had already settled and established a grocery store in San Francisco. The Fujimotos started a miso factory, The Fujimoto Company, and Rae and Edward managed the business together.

After the presidential evacuation order in February 1942, Bay Area Japanese-Americans worked quickly to close their businesses, sell their property, store their belongings, and find new homes for their family pets, all before May 1, 1942. Before Evacuation Day, Edward Fujimoto was sent to the Justice Department Camp in North Dakota. Rae, her mother-in-law, and her stepdaughter were left to manage these affairs before they were sent to Tanforan, a former horse racing track used to temporarily house “evacuees.”

As Rae and her family settled into Tanforan’s stables, Rae’s mother, Tamiyo Nakamoto, was in the San Mateo Hospital with terminal cancer. Rae and her siblings were able to remove their mother from the hospital and found housing in an empty stall at Tanforan so that she could be with her family when she passed. Although the living circumstances were difficult, Grace remembered that her grandmother “died in peace because she was with family, and we were so thankful for that.”

The Fujimotos and Nakamotos were sent to Topaz in September 1942. Edward was sent from North Dakota to a second Justice Department camp in Louisiana, and was eventually paroled to join his family in Topaz a year later. Grace finished out her senior year at Topaz High School. She remembered that one-square mile of camp became a place for recreation, and men and women would find raw materials that they used for arts and crafts. Through the hands of careful craftspeople, the innumerable supply of tiny shells transformed into delicate floral arrangements. In the absence of real flowers, internees wore these shell floral arrangements as pins or corsages for weddings and other celebrations. People often traded their creations or gave them as gifts. As Grace later reflected, “they found something artistic to do, and it was wonderful.”

Rae and Edward left camp in the fall of 1944 in order to re-establish The Fujimoto Company. Once the equipment was sent to Salt Lake City from San Francisco and the company was back in business, the rest of the family left camp to join them seven months later. Edward managed the family business until his sudden death in 1956, and Rae took it over until she retired in 1976. Despite their hardships, the Fujimotos found beauty in struggle and resilience after the war.

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Topaz Brooch A

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Artist(s): Unknown
Donor: Rae S. Fujimoto

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Two months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Roosevelt ordered the relocation of Japanese-Americans from the west coast. In March 1942, Japanese Americans from the San Francisco area were temporarily housed at Tanforan Race Track in San Bruno, California. After living in horse stalls for months, Tanforan internees were moved to more permanent relocation camps throughout the United States, including the Topaz Relocation Center near Delta, Utah.

As the former Bay Area residents stepped off the hot and cramped train, they saw a dry and barren landscape. The camp was still under construction. Camp was divided into 12 barracks to a block, with 34 blocks total. The flimsy barracks offered very little protection from the region’s extreme temperatures. Constructed of pine board sheeting covered in tar paper, they had no insulation, and some of them did not yet have roofs. One bare light bulb hung in each barrack, furnished with only cots and an uninstalled pot bellied stove. Internees used sheets or blankets to separate the barracks into small rooms. A fine film of dust settled onto their meager possessions. Latrines, bathing, and washing facilities were located at a separate building for each block, but were also unfinished when residents arrived.

Despite the bleakness of their surroundings, internees sought ways to bring a semblance of normalcy to their lives. Children went to school, adults found work to do in camp, and residents created a beauty parlor, photo service, barbershop, post office, library, and consumers’ cooperative. Residents organized recreational activities, such as dances, parties, and camp administrators supervised picnics and hikes. Students from Topaz High School played football against area high school teams. For the duration of the war, Topaz internees did their best to continue with their lives.

Residents saved a variety of materials to create beautiful arts and crafts. They saved nails from boxes and found scrap lumber to construct shelves or chests. They painted, wrote poetry, and produced a variety of folk art. Both Tule Lake (California) and Topaz were situated on dry lake beds, and internees noticed that the ground was littered with tiny shells, some of which were smaller than seeds. Residents used screens to separate the dirt from the shells, sorted them by size and shape, bleached them in the sun, and painted them. In the absence of real flowers, these shells were painstakingly arranged by steady hands to create corsages, brooches, necklaces, and trinkets.

These shell brooches from Topaz connect the Japanese-American internees to the unique landscape of Delta, Utah. The floral arrangements suggest the Japanese tradition of Hana Kanzashi (floral hair decoration). Hair pins, barrettes, combs, and sticks often featured silk flowers made of very small silk squares, each of which was folded to make a single petal, and attached to a base to create a whole flower. Without access to silk, perhaps internees saw the indigenous shells as an alternative. The shell brooches from Topaz are a beautiful example of Japanese-American resilience and the ability to create beauty in the face of hardship.

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The Power of Objects

Utah State History Artifacts Collection Digital Exhibit

History_BroochA History_BroochB History_Gavel History_Revolver


Have you ever been in the presence of an artifact and felt transported in time?  If you know their story, artifacts can become a tangible bridge to the past.   They can illustrate resilience in a time of difficulty, represent a significant transformation, or draw upon the complex relationship between mythology and reality.  They might reveal the creativity of the human spirit, or just confirm a previous way of life.  Whatever complex connection you personally may make, artifacts can help illuminate the stories of our collective past in ways words alone cannot.

To promote that connection to the past through objects while also taking advantage of technology, State History experimented with 360° digitization. Here are a few of our favorites from the Utah State History Artifact Collection.

Please click on the images above to explore the artifacts.


2015 Utah State History Conference

Mark your calendars and please join us for a day of history sessions!

The 63rd Annual Utah State History Conference
Deep Roots, Many Voices;  Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past

Friday, October 2, 2015
at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

A detailed conference schedule will be posted in May.

Submit a paper or session proposal

Nominate a history hero


Nominate A History Hero!

Nominations are now being accepted! 


Utah State History’s annual awards recognize individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to history, prehistory or historic preservation in the state of Utah. Whether these efforts on behalf of the past are quiet or prominent, they benefit the state’s citizens in tangible and intangible ways. Utah State History therefore invites nominations of persons or organizations who have given extraordinary service or completed outstanding projects.

All projects must be completed within the past two years prior to nomination. Organizational nominations should include description of organization, mission, and programs. Documentation should accompany the form and should include a minimum of two letters of support, photos of project, exhibits, or visual arts, or copies of articles, books, videos, or scripts.

Nominations are due by June 15, 2015. All award applications and documentation will be reviewed by State History staff. Management team will send summary and recommendations to the Board of State History for final selection of award winners. Awards will be presented at the 63rd Annual Utah State History Conference, “Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past” to be held October 2, 2015.

You may make nominations in these categories:

Outstanding Contribution Award: For outstanding, long-term contribution to archaeology, preservation or history in Utah. The award may be given to groups or individuals.

Outstanding Achievement Award: For outstanding project or activity in the field of Utah archaeology, preservation or history, or in support of one of Utah’s heritage organizations. May include research, preservation, education, fundraising, community programs, volunteerism, journalism or other activities.

2015 awards nomination form (PDF)
2015 awards nomination form (Word doc)

Return form by June 15, 2015 to:
Utah State History
Awards Nominations
Attn: Lisa Buckmiller
300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101

For additional information, please email or call (801) 245-7231


for Best Student Paper on Utah Women’s History

Utah State History sponsors the Papanikolas Award to encourage new scholarly research in the area of Utah women’s history at colleges and universities. The award is named for Helen Z. Papanikolas (1917-2004), a former member of the Utah State Board of History who was most noted for her research and writing on Utah and ethnic history, but also wrote fiction, as well as women’s history.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Papers must address some historical aspect of women’s lives in Utah.
  • The author must be enrolled at a college or university.
  • Papers need not be published.
  • Papers should include original research that includes primary sources. The paper must be footnoted.
  • Papers should not be more than 50 pages long.
  • Papers must be received by May 15, 2015.
  • Please call or E-mail us on May 16, 2015 if you have not heard directly from us that we received your paper.

The winner receives a monetary award as well as being honored at Utah State History’s annual meeting held October 1-2, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Submit papers to:
Linda Thatcher
(801) 534-0911

Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month celebrates Utah’s rich archaeological and historical resources with a month of lectures and hands-on learning. Statewide events include:

  • Open house at the South City Campus of Salt Lake Community College with educational activities for kids and adults
  • Annual poster contest
  • Lectures and paper presentations
  • Tours of archaeological and historical sites

Please note: Updates occur regularly, but may take up to 48 hours to appear. Please note: Jumps may land slightly below their marker. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Do you have an event? Please email and fill out the Archaeology and Historic Preservation Event Form


 Where are you interested in attending events (by County)?







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Carbon County


  • Family Day at the Museum
    Date & Time: May 2nd, 2015
    Location: Prehistoric Museum @ Utah State University Eastern, 155 E. Main Street, Price 84501
    For More Information (contact info):
    Sponsors/Organizers: The Prehistoric Museum thanks the Manti-La Sal National Forest and the Castle Valley Archaeological Society for helping to make this event possible
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description:Free admission to the museum from 9-5, children’s activities from 10-2.


Davis County

Syracuse/Antelope Island State Park

  • Junior Ranger program: What did the Native American inhabitants of Antelope Island Eat? 
    Date & Time: May 2, at 1pm
    Location: Fielding Garr Ranch/Antelope Island State Park
    For More Information (contact info): Clay Shelley,
    Sponsors/Organizers: Antelope Island State Park
    Admission Cost: $10 per vehicle park entrance fee
    Event Description:  Come and join us for a fun filled experience learning about how Antelope Island’s Native peoples gathered food at 1:00pm at the historic Fielding Garr Ranch on Antelope Island State Park. Though this informative Junior Ranger program is geared for ages 6-12 people of all ages are welcome. For more information call (801) 649-5742. or (




  • Rochester Petroglyph Site Rehabilitation 
    Date & Time: May 13, 9am to 3pm
    Location: The panel is located 3 miles east of Emery, Utah but is accessed via a graded road coming from a turnoff to the north, near the town of Moore. To get to the panel drive to the turnoff between mile markers 16 and 17 on highway 10 between the towns of Emery and Ferron. Take the paved road heading east to Moore for about half a mile. Turn south onto a well-graded road and drive for about 4 miles, passing a radio tower on the way. From the parking lot an obvious hiking trail of about a half mile leads along the side of a small canyon to the panel.
    For More Information (contact info): Amber Koski,, (435)636-3618
    Sponsors/Organizers: Bureau of Land Management
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description:  Located in the picturesque Molen Reef, the Rochester Petroglyph panel, also referred to as the “Newspaper Rock of Emery County” depicts rock images that span over a millennium. Volunteers will assist BLM staff, and students with trail and site stabilization. There will be time for conversation and questions after the event.




  • The Ruins of Recapture Canyon: How Ancient Native American Sites Have Entered Into Activist and Extremist Ideologies and Why That’s a Really Bad Thing 
    Date & Time: May 7th, at 6pm
    Location: Moab Information Center
    For More Information (contact info): Marty Thomas,
    Sponsors/Organizers: Moab Information Center, Montgomery Archaeological Consultants
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description:  Recapture Canyon, located just east of Blanding, Utah, houses hundreds of archaeological sites spanning several millennia of prehistoric and historic occupation.  Pueblos, granaries, small cliff dwellings, and rock art are close to several easily accessible routes into and within the canyon.  The spectacular cultural resources of the canyon have made it a popular attraction for locals’ and visitors’ recreational use for many years with very few problems. However, when unauthorized trail improvements were made and motorized access to the canyon closed indefinitely, Recapture Canyon became a symbol for various interest groups with land use ideologies at opposite ends of the political spectrum. In this presentation, we discuss the prehistory and history of Recapture Canyon and examine the implications of using cultural resources as leverage in the larger land management debate.



Cedar City

  • Archaeology Day at Frontier Homestead State Park
    Date & Time: May 2, 10am to 3pm
    Location: Frontier Homestead State Park, Cedar City, UT
    For More Information (contact info): Todd Prince,, (435)586-9290 or Samantha Kirkley,, (801) 318-9458
    Sponsors/Organizers: Frontier Homestead State Park
    Admission Cost: $1.50 per person
    Event Description:Frontier Homestead State Park welcomes archeologists young and old and their families to participate in its annual Archaeology Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in activities involving Native American games, history, crafts and skills, and visit with a variety of demonstrators. Bring your artifacts from home and “Ask an Archaeologist” to give you more information.  Boy Scouts can receive their Indian Lore merit badge. Archeology Day will take place from the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost per person is $1.50 per individual. (


Morgan County

Morgan/East Canyon State Park

  • History Lecture Series
    Date & Time: May 30th,  6-7pm
    Location: East Canyon State Park, North Pavilion
    For More Information (contact info): Chris Haramoto,
    Sponsors/Organizers: East Canyon State Park
    Admission Cost: TBD
    Event Description: Historic trails expert and historian Gar Elison will discuss the Hensley Account and the northern route that became the Salt Lake Cutoff in the 1800s. (


Salt Lake County

Salt Lake City

  • Archaeology and Preservation Month Open House
    Date & Time: May 2nd, 2015, Noon to 3pm
    Location: Salt Lake Community College, South City Campus 
    For More Information (contact info):
    Sponsors/Organizers: Utah Division of State History, and others TBD
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description:Come down and enjoy a variety of archaeological and historic preservation activities for kids and adults.




  • Scandinavian Heritage Festival
    Date & Time: Friday and Saturday, May 22-23 (Memorial Day Weekend)
    Location: Center Street in Ephraim 
    For More Information (contact info): Greg Boothe,
    Sponsors/Organizers: Ephraim City
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description:Celebrating the Scandinavian Heritage of ancestors that settled Sanpete County..

Spring City

  • Spring City Heritage Day
    Date & Time: Saturday, May 23, 10am-4pm (Memorial Day Weekend)
    Location: City Hall and the Old School
    For More Information (contact info): M’Lisa Paulson, (435) 462-3454
    Sponsors/Organizers: Friends of Historic Spring City
    Admission Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for children
    Event Description: A tour of mid-19th Century Pioneer homes, food, fun, an antique auction, an art auction, and other interesting historical activities! Also, renowned architectural historian Tom Carter will be hosting a book signing event for his newest publication “Building ZIon”.



Sevier/Clear Creek Canyon

  • History and Archaeology of the Old Spanish Trail
    Date & Time: Saturday, May 2nd, 2-3pm 
    Location: Fremont Indian State Park and Museum, Sagebrush Gallery
    For More Information (contact info): Fremont Indian State Park, (435)527-4735
    Sponsors/Organizers: Fremont Indian State Park and Museum, Friends of Fremont Indian State Park
    Admission Cost: $6 park use fee only (includes access to museum and hiking trails)
    Event Description: Fishlake National Forest archaeologist Bob Leonard, will regale visitors with the history and archaeology of the Old Spanish Trail and the Fishlake Cutoff of the Old Spanish Trail, which figured prominently in the early exploration of the American West and Sevier County.

  • 25th Annual Rocky Mountain Fur Company’s Mountain Man Rendezvous
    Date & Time: May 15th (Friday) through 17th (Sunday), all day
    Location: Rendezvous Flats, Fremont Indian State Park
    For More Information (contact info): Fremont Indian State Park, (435)527-4735
    Sponsors/Organizers: Rocky Mountain Fur Company, Fremont Indian State Park, Friends of Fremont Indian State Park
    Admission Cost: Free for event, rest of State Park requires payment of $6 use fee
    Event Description: Get a taste of early 1800s fur trapping lifestyle! Highlighted events include candy cannon, musket shooting, tomahawk throwing, traders row (market),period demonstrations, and Atlatl competition. Event is family friendly!

  • Mysteries and Secrets of Clear Creek Canyon ATV Tour
    Date & Time: Saturday, May 30, 9am-2pm (approximately 5 hours)
    Location: Fremont Indian State Park and Museum
    For More Information (contact info): Don Merritt,, (435) 527-4735
    Sponsors/Organizers: Fremont Indian State Park & Museum, Friends of Fremont Indian State Park
    Admission Cost: $15/person, limit of 20 OHV Vehicles (First Come, First Serve)
    Event Description: Fremont Indian State Park Archaeologist and Museum Curator, Don Merritt, will lead a guided 11-mile long OHV/ATV Tour of the Canyon’s amazing rock art, archaeological sites, and historic homesteads. Participants will need to pack their own lunch to enjoy while they explore the State Park. Registration deadline if May 28th, and each of those registered participants will also receive a free gift!



Park City

  • Keeping Park City, Park City: Connecting Tourism Dollars to Authenticity of Place
    Date & Time: Monday May 18th, 530-830pm, Cocktails & Appetizers from 530-630pm, dinner at 7pm
    Location: High West Distillery’s Nelson Cottage; 651 Park Avenue
    For More Information (contact info): Anya Grahn, Historic Preservation Planner, Park City Municipal Corporation at
    Sponsors/Organizers: High West Distillery, Park City Municipal Corporation
    Admission Cost: $25/person and a cash bar
    Event Description:Learn about the challenges of preserving our Mining Era heritage as a worldclass ski resort! Presenters will discuss issues such as: influence of cultural tourism on historic preservation; challenges of preserving Mining Era structures; city’s role in preserving cultural icons; interpreting the stories of our built history; and a tour of the High West Distillery & Livery and Beggs House. Tickets are $25/person and include complimentary appetizers, buffet dinner, and dessert. Cash bar available for High West whiskey tastings, cocktails, beer or wine. This is an age 21 and older event. Purchase tickets online at:

  • Historic Main Street Walking Tour
    Date & Time: May 25th, 2:00pm
    Location: Park City Museum, 528 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060
    For More Information (contact info): Jenette Purdy, (435) 649-7457,
    Sponsors/Organizers: Park City Museum
    Admission Cost: $5/person
    Event Description:Put on your walking shoes and explore Park City’s Historic Main Street! Explore the architecture and stories of Park City’s unique history—from the days as a booming mine town to an emerging ski town. Please arrive 10 minutes early, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water and wear sun protection. The tour lasts about one hour and fifteen minutes.




  • Public Tour of Danger Cave
    Date & Time: Saturday May 9th
    Location: East Wendover, UT 
    For More Information (contact info): Justina Parsons-Bernstein,
    Sponsors/Organizers: Utah State Parks
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description:  In conjunction with Archaeology and Heritage Month, Utah State Parks will be holding its annual public tour of Danger Cave on Saturday May 9th, 2015. Danger Cave is one of the most important archaeological sites in the United States. Utah State Parks staff and associated archaeologists will discuss the history of the cave while they conduct the tour.Space is limited for this annual tour and reservations will be on a first emailed/first included basis. IMPORTANT–Please Note–this tour involves some very steep and rugged hiking. Reserve a spot by emailing Utah State Parks Heritage Resources Coordinator Justina Parsons-Bernstein at with “Danger Cave Tour” in the subject line.


  • Historic Tooele County in Photos
    Date & Time: Every Day in May, All Day
    Location: Utah State University Tooele Campus
    For More Information (contact info): Julie Hartley ( or Dani Sloan
    Sponsors/Organizers: Utah State University
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description:  The Utah State University Tooele Campus plans to help celebrate Utah Archeology and Historic Preservation Month in May by mounting an exhibit of historic photographs of Tooele County.  The photographs were culled from the State Archives by history professor Ted Moore of Salt Lake Community College and will be accompanied by explanatory text. (



Spanish Fork

  • History Hunter at DUP Museum
    Date & Time: Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday 10:30 – 1:30 and Saturday 1  – 4.
    Location: Spanish Fork DUP Museum, 398 N. Main 
    For More Information (contact info): Lana Creer-Harris Director, (801)360-0117 
    Sponsors/Organizers: South Center Company, Daughters Utah Pioneers Museum
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description:  Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum in cooperation with Play Unplugged will sponsor a History Hunter activity for children. Play Unplugged is a program dedicated to getting children out of the house and involved in their community. Children receive a free Play Unplugged lanyard and activity book at school. They choose activities from the book and after completing them receive badges to hang on the lanyard. DUP museum docents will hand out the History Hunter checklists and review them for accuracy and completion and award the child their History Hunter badge.Children are invited to: “Hunt down artifacts at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum: pick up a check list and seek the antiques on it. Return completed checklist with correct answers and receive your Brag Badge.” (


  • Tour of Hinckley Mounds Site
    Date & Time: Wednesday, May 27 (all day)
    Location: Hinckley Mounds, just east of Provo Airport
    For More Information (contact info): The Museum of Peoples and Cultures, (801) 422-0022
    Sponsors/Organizers: Brigham Young University, Department of Anthropology
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description: The BYU Department of Anthropology will be excavating the Hinckley Mounds, a site occupied by the Fremont Indians almost 1000 years ago, which is located in west Provo. The dig will be led by Dr. Michael Searcy (BYU) and Dr. David Yoder (UVU) where students will be trained in excavation techniques. We will be leading tours all day to showcase the progress of the excavation and what we’ve found.



Santa Clara

  • Swiss Paper Cutting at Santa Clara City Hall with Randell McGee
    Date & Time: May 17th, 7pm.
    Location: Santa Clara City Hall, Santa Clara Dr.  
    For More Information (contact info): Susie Nilsson, (435) 668-7285 
    Sponsors/Organizers: Santa Clara City
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description:  Early Swiss settlers of Santa Clara brought with them the art of paper cutting from the old country. Join us for paper cutting and storytelling with Randell McGee at the Santa Clara City Hall. (




  • Union Station Heritage Festival
    Date & Time: Saturday May 9th, 10am to 5pm
    Location: Ogden’s Union Station: 2501 Wall Ave. Ogden, UT 84401 
    For More Information (contact info):  (801)393-9890, 
    Sponsors/Organizers: The Union Station Foundation
    Admission Cost: Regular Museum Admission: Child 3-12=$3, Students with ID=$4, Adult 18-61= $5, Senior 62+= $4, Family Day Pass (up to 2 adults and 8 children)= $15, Museum Members= FREE
    Event Description:  This one day event celebrates Utah Heritage. Activities Include:    (1) A mock archaeology dig in collaboration with Weber State University Anthropology, (2) A rock art painting activity sponsored by Hill Air Force Base Cultural Resources, (3)”Memories of Union Station” area where people can record their stories of the Union Station and the Union Station Archives can scan historical items such as family photos, letters, and other documents that the public would like to contribute to the archives, (4)Classic Car pinewood derby in conjunction with our Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum, (5) The grand opening of the “Working on the Railroad Children’s Discovery Zone” in the Utah State Railroad Museum, (6) Train Rides, (7) Performances by a local Folkloric Dancing Group, (8) and other heritage activities to be added when confirmed with our community partners.

Gallery of Female Imagery in Advertisements

In Kathryn McKay’s “The Chocolate Dippers’ Strike of 1910,” published in the winter 2015 Utah Historical Quarterly, readers see candy boxes and store front windows depicting women and girls dressed in fashionable clothing—all in an attempt to sell chocolate manufactured by the J. G. McDonald Company. These advertisements reflect the emergence of a highly consumptive society and the homogenization of mass culture that sought to cater to female consumers—many of whom had recently entered the work force as wage laborers—and to use female images to sell clothes, appliances, and other products. The following is a sampling of photos at the Utah State Historical Society that represent women and gender in advertisements during the first half of the twentieth century.




Auerbach & Bro. originated with Samuel H. Auerbach, who shortly after arriving in Salt Lake City in 1859 set up “The People’s Store” on Main Street. Eventually, after several relocations, the company settled down in a building on State and Broadway.


Auerbach Bros., Sept. 25, 1908

Auerbach Bros. storefront window display, September 25, 1908




Arthur Frank established a clothing store at Midvale, one of a number of well-established Jewish stores and businesses in Utah in the early twentieth century.



Bonnie Lee Shoppe, located at 53 East and 300 South in Salt Lake City.



Utah Power & Light, established in 1912 as a subsidiary of a larger holding company in New York, consolidated a number of small companies to become the largest electric power provider in Utah. Utah Power & Light worked to interconnect all its companies into an integrated system. By the ?, when these advertisements appeared, electric power was widely available to homes and businesses along the Wasatch Front and elsewhere throughout the state. In advertisements often depicting domestic scenes and the time-saving use of household appliances, the company sought to “promote the sale of electricity,” in the words of the historian John S. McCormick. (“The Beginning of Modern Electric Power Service in Utah, 1912–22,” Utah Historical Quarterly 56 [Winter 1988]: 5–22.)


Utah Power & Light Company advertisement



An advertisement in the Utah Farmer journal, depicting two men and a “farmer’s wife” listening to a political candidate through the medium of radio. By 1925, when this ad appeared, women had finally won the vote.



Audio Recording: “Sounds of the Cathedral”


Gary Topping’s interview with Gregory Glenn, published in winter 2015 Utah Historical Quarterly, highlights the founding of the Madeleine Choir School. This school has offered academic and music instruction to children since 1996. Choristers from the school are also members of the Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine, which has produced good music for many years.

The Archives of the Catholic Church in Utah recently donated to the Utah Division of State History’s research library a copy of “Sounds of the Cathedral (featuring the Cathedral Choir),” a vinyl LP released in 1960 featuring religious songs of the Choir of the Cathedral. Thanks to the work of Doug Misner of the Utah Division of State History and Tony Castro of the Utah State Archives, we have a digital recording of the album for your enjoyment.