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.
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Papers need not be published.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 must be received by June 1, 2014.
Please call or E-mail us on June 1, 2014 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 September 25-27, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Submit papers to:
Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the 62nd Annual Utah State History Conference, Utah Technology Through Time
Technology has helped people live and thrive in Utah for over 12,000 years. In order to understand and remember the development of technology in Utah, this year’s Utah State History conference will focus on Utah Technology through Time.
The conference will be tentatively organized into three tracks:
The emergence of Utah’s high tech industry, 1950s–present
Utah industry, technology, and enterprise in the 19th and 20th centuries
Prehistoric technology in the region of Utah
Utah State History invites the public, scholars, students, and organizations to submit presentation proposals for conference sessions to be held on September 26 at The Leonardo, Utah’s Science and Technology Museum. In addition, some sessions may be posted online. Individuals and organizations may address any topic relating to Utah history. However, priority will be given to proposals that explore the many facets of technological innovation throughout Utah’s human past. Proposals can include papers, podcasts, presentations, panels or sessions.
Proposals should be submitted by April 22, 2014. Each proposal must include:
A one-page (300-word limit) abstract detailing the presentation or session and its significance
Bio for each participant (100-word limit)
Your permission, if selected, for media interviews, session audio/visual recordings, and electronic sessions or podcasts during or in advance of the conference. The Division of State History will use these recording in its effort to meet its history- related mission.
In FY2013, the Utah Division of State History aimed to positively impact communities throughout Utah by assisting developers, agencies, communities, architects, archaeologists, researchers, genealogists, law enforcement, Certified Local Governments, homeowners, teachers, students, and the general public.
These reports show the impact of State History’s services on communities throughout Utah, on the economy, and on the general state of heritage and history in the state of Utah. State History’s programs–Antiquities, Historic Preservation, Library & Collections, and Public History seek to positively impact the communities and constituents they serve through free or easily-accessible services, and looks forward to another year of providing the services our communities need to thrive.
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Do you have your own story of the winter of 1948-1949? Send it to us! Send your memories to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 801-245-7245.
Winter’s fun (right?). But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.
Salt Lake City Main Street, 1949
In 1948-49, the most severe winter on record beat up the West. Even Las Vegas got 17 inches of snow. Though other winters saw more snow, wind, extreme cold, and little thawing made the snow pile up. And up. And up. Think about that next time you want to complain about winter!
Three days of ferocious snow
Early in January 1949, a vicious three-day blizzard broke windows, damaged roofs, and blew snowdrifts six to ten feet high on roads and streets. After that the temperature fell to below zero. The drifts crusted so hard that snowplow crews struggled to remove them. Sardine Canyon, between Brigham City and Cache Valley, stayed closed for a month. People got stranded, even in Salt Lake City–18 families in Salt Lake’s Canyon Rim area had to be dug out.
Livestock starved and froze. The state launched “Operation Haylift,” dropping bales of hay from military cargo planes. The Sons of Utah Pioneers, perhaps thinking of the next year’s hunt, lobbied for the state to also feed deer, pheasants, ducks, and quail. Meanwhile, skaters took advantage of strong ice at the Liberty Park pond, and children played on the huge snowdrifts.
Snow Plows in Utah, 1948
On January 15, another blizzard struck, bringing more minus temperatures. Some people had a novel–and irrational–idea: The city should truck in salt water from the Great Salt Lake or water from hot springs to melt the snow on the streets.
And another, big-time!
Then on January 22 the mother of all blizzards roared in. Wind-whipped snow and slides closed roads all over the state. In Millard County, where the snow drifted as high as the telephone wires, a couple of men spent 36 hours stranded in a truck waiting for a snowplow to dig them out. Avalanches trapped skiers at Alta and Brighton–though a few decided to simply ski down Little Cottonwood Canyon to the valley.
A TRULY big chill
After the storm quit, the cold air hit: -25 degrees in Salt Lake City. Woodruff reached -45. Schools all over the Wasatch Front closed because gas supplies could not meet the demand. Coal companies could not deliver coal, and Utah Power and Light cut the power to its generators. The big freeze continued for several days, and then again on February 5, headlines read: “New Blizzard Throttles Utah.” And so it went, snowing all the way into April. The one thaw came in late February, and it brought its own miseries: flooding. An ice jam dammed a canal, flooding houses around 800 West and between 1300 and 1700 South.
Yep, it was a hard winter, but people rose to the occasion. They did what needed to be done. And many were heroic in their efforts to help others get through a bitter cold time.
From Mark Eubank
We asked meteorologist Mark Eubank if 1948-49 was the snowiest winter on record. It was not. Here is what he said:
First, let’s talk about WHEN we get the snow.
Winter is a specific period comprising three months or about 90 days. Meteorologically, winter includes the months of December, January, and February. Since it can also snow in the Fall and in the Spring we have a snowfall year, which typically runs from September through May. So when we say a certain season was extra snowy, we need to define the time period.
Most people tend to think of the “winter” season (December thru February) when they remember stormy years. I think that is true because much of the Spring snow melts quickly.
Winners of the “Most Snow” award:
Here is a list showing the top five “winters” and the top five “snowfall years.”
Snowiest Utah “Winters”
Snowiest Utah “Snowfall Years”
The top two snowfall years had heavy Winter snows PLUS a lot of snow in Fall and Spring.
The Winter of 1992-93 was exceptional. In fact, it ranks at number one, plus there was a lot of snow in the Fall.
Cold + snow is what we remember
The reason the Winter of 1948-49 is so noteworthy is because the snowfall was accompanied with exceptional cold! In fact, 1948-49 is the combined coldest-snowiest Winter ever measured in Utah. That combination kept the snow around for most of the Winter, and in addition the wind blew the snow into huge drifts.
Winters in Utah can be cold and dry, or cold and wet. Or they can be warm and dry or warm and wet. The warm and wet Winters are quickly forgotten, but the cold and wet Winters are the ones that leave lasting impressions.
While the Winter of 1992-93 was the snowiest, it didn’t even rank in the top 15 for cold.
Winners of the “coldest” weather award:
Coldest Utah Winters
Post by Kristen Rogers-Iversen, Associate Director, State History
UTAH’S FIRST NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Utah’s first Native American Storytelling Festival is a two-day event that begins on Indigenous Day, November 25, 2013, with an evening of storytelling that is free and open to the public and continues on November 26 with educational storytelling workshops for students and teachers.
The Indigenous Day-Storytelling Festival invites the general public to become acquainted with the beauty and power of traditional Ute, Northwest Shoshone, Navajo, and Lakota stories and learn more about the creativity, courage, inventiveness, and wisdom of Utah’s and the nation’s indigenous people. The festival also offers educational workshops that explore the exciting development of story in Native communities and, in the process, strengthen identity for young Native Americans.
“A Celebration of Storytellers,” the November 25 event features nationally renowned Kiowa/Apache storyteller Dovie Thomason with local storytellers Aldean Ketchum (Ute Mountain Ute); Rios Pacheco (Northwest Shoshone); and James Bilagody (Navajo) who represent three of Utah’s eight recognizedtribes. The event will take place at Taylorsville High School, 5225 South Redwood Road. Admission is free to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. with traditional food and cultural activities for children. The program gets underway at 6 p.m. with Utah Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox reading the state’s proclamation, signed by Governor Gary R. Herbert, followed by the performances of the storytellers. Dovie Thomason’s keynote performance begins at 7 p.m. Thomason is considered one of the most respected and admired storytellers of her generation. Her storytelling has been featured on countless artistic stages, including the National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museum, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. To register for event tickets go to http://utah-indigenous-day2013-efbevent.eventbrite.com/. KCPW will broadcast Thomason’s performance on November 29 at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. For additional broadcasting information go to: kcpw.org.
On the festival’s second day, November 26, Dovie Thomason and award-winning graphic book illustrator Dimi Macheras will conduct educational workshops for high school students at 9 a.m. and teachers at 1 p.m. at the Canyons School District offices to demonstrate the art of presenting traditional Native American stories in new, comic book formats. Macheras (Ahtna Athabascan) is a professional artist/ illustrator who has worked on projects ranging from the Native American legend anthology Trickster to designing record sleeves for UK record label BROKE. Trickster was distributed globally and nominated for an Eisner Award, the most prestigious comic book prize. Student and teacher workshops will be broadcast live to schools throughout Utah via the Utah Education Network. Teachers wishing to register for the graphic storytelling workshop can go to: http://usoe.truenorthlogic.com, course number 59546, and sign up for a section near them. For questions on how to register for the workshop contact Ailleen Vidal at 801-826-5493.
The Indigenous Day-Native American Storytelling Festival is presented by the Utah State Division of Indian Affairs and the Center for Documentary Expression and Art. Other partners include: Canyons, Granite, and Salt Lake school districts; Utah Education Network; KCPW Radio; AITEC/American Indian Teacher Education Collaboration, University of Utah; Utah State Office of Education; Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts; Hill Air Force Base Cultural Resources Management; Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, & Parks Program; and the Salt Lake City Arts Council.