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62nd Annual Conference Tours

Register now for tours for the 62nd Annual Utah State History conference. You must be registered in order to attend a tour.

62nd Annual Utah State History Conference
“Utah Technology Through Time”

Register for the conference. It's free and open to the public.

September 25th – September 27th, 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah @ The City Library and The Leonardo




This year’s conference is brought to you by a host of generous partners. View them here. 

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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. Download the conference Save the Date notice.

The conference is organized into four 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 history

Utah Addition to National Register: Doggy Door Tie Cutter Cabin

 The Doggy Door Tie Cutter Cabin
Summit County, Utah

The Doggy Door Tie Cutter Cabin in Summit County, Utah was constructed ca. 1921, and is significant under Criteria A, C, and D under the context of the Tie Cutting Industry of the North Slope of the Uinta Mountains.The site contains the most intact architecture of any site currently inventoried under the above-referenced context, and relates to the second historical period of the Tie Cutting industry of the North Slope (Merritt 2013:Section E, 7-10), specifically the 1920s-1930s, with abandonment in the 1940s.

The site is surrounded by mid and high-cut lodgepole pine stumps, remnants of strip roads and several other tie cutting sites that further instill association with this site with the Multiple Property Submission theme. The cabin was used as a residential occupation for likely from one to three tie cutters and at least one pet canine, and fits within the “Domestic” property type as defined in Merritt (2013:Section F, 12) .

As such, the level of integrity associated with the cabin architecturally, and the lack of modern disturbance, suggests that this might be one of the most significant historic resources within the Multiple Property boundary dating to this specific time period. Thus, the site is associated clearly with the production of railroad cross-ties in the Uinta Mountains and are significant events as noted in Merritt (2013) under Criteria A, C and D. The site possesses significant architectural integrity for Criteria C, and due to the lack of modern disturbance and vandalism there is a high potential for the presence of significant subsurface materials under Criteria D.

Read the National Register nomination here.

Utah Addition to National Register: Madsen House

Madsen House
Ephraim, Utah

The David and Evinda Madsen House, constructed in 1900, in Ephraim, Utah, is a two-story Italianate/Victorian Eclectic brick residence. The building is locally significant under Criterion A for its association with the development of Ephraim and Sanpete County in the first half of the twentieth century. The period of significance spans from 1900-1953 while associated with the David P. Madsen family, who were key contributors to the development and transformation of Ephraim into a successful and prosperous agricultural and educational community.

Under Criterion A, the areas of significance are Social History and Agriculture. David Madsen was the son of one of the founders of Ephraim and was prominently involved in Ephraim’s economic development. He was one of the early importers of sheep into the area, a practice which transformed the Sanpete County economy. David also developed several large water sources which stabilized and greatly expanded Sanpete farming and ranching. The house is also eligible under Criterion C in the area of Architecture for its distinctive design and also for its association with Scandinavian immigrant design influences.

The Madsen House is an excellent example of changing construction design and the introduction of Victorian styles in Sanpete County in the late 19th century. During this time, increasing economic and social exposure of the citizens of Sanpete County resulted in movement away from local vernacular designs. However, the Madsen House also retains significant stone and wood elements which reflect unique Scandinavian design and construction techniques. Scandinavian immigrants heavily influenced Sanpete County architecture and culture from its founding through the first decades of the 20th century.

Read the National Register nomination for the Madsen House here.

Utah Addition to National Register: St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission
near Bluff, Utah

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission (02001042), near Bluff, Utah, was initially listed on the National Register of Historic Places for statewide significance under Criteria A and B, as well as Criteria Consideration A as a religious-use property, with a period of significance dating 1943-1952.  With this amendment, in addition to the previous criteria and criteria consideration, the mission is also being nominated for architectural significance under Criterion C. Also, the period of significance is being expanded to 1943-1968. Because of this, the number of contributing buildings in the complex has increased from three to seven.

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission is a truly singular entity in Utah. Although a few religious groups had minor contact with the Navajo and the Utah strip of the Navajo reservation in particular, up to the mid-twentieth century, St. Christopher’s was the only complex of its kind serving these people in remote and isolated southeastern Utah. Father H. Baxter Liebler and his small staff’s role in establishing and building the mission, as well as the religious and social services they provided the Navajo here was quite unique in the state.

Under Criterion C, the buildings of St. Christopher’s Mission are significant not only in the local region but statewide as well.  The particularly rustic, mid-century interpretation of the Mission style of architecture for the earlier buildings of the complex is distinctive in Utah, where the Mission style was never popular during the period revival era of the early twentieth century. The uncommon architecture, combined with use of Navajo laborers to construct the buildings, make this collection of buildings very unique. Furthermore, compared with the rusticity of the early buildings, the later, contemporary style summer chapel stands out in stark contrast, and is the most visible architectural icon of the mission and the area. The chapel symbolizes the mission’s presence in a vast, barren landscape and, although not quite fifty years old, is being considered a contributing building in the complex.

Utah’s Latest Additions to the National Register

Check out the latest historic buildings in Utah listed on the National Register of Historic Places: The Doggy Door Tie Cutter Cabin in Summit County, Utah; St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission near Bluff, Utah; and, the Madsen House in Ephraim, Utah.

 The Doggy Door Tie Cutter Cabin
Summit County, Utah

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission
near Bluff, Utah

Read about St. Christopher’s Episcopal Mission here.

Madsen House
Ephraim, Utah

Read about the Madsen House here.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, or engineering.

How can I get a house or building listed? (and other frequently asked questions)


National Register Nominations | July 2014

In July 2014, the Board of State History, for the Utah Division of State History, will review four (4) nominations to the National Register. These nominations are:

George and Mabel Anderson House, Brigham City, Utah
The Princess Recreation Hall/Lynndyl LDS Meetinghouse, Lynndyl, Utah
Ezra and Abigail Shomaker House, Manti, Utah
Murray Hillside Historic District, Murray, Utah

The Board of State History meets on July 17, 2014. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site.

Utah’s Historic Preservation Strategic Plan Survey

Over the next year, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office within the Utah Division of State History will lead out on a concerted effort to assess the current state of historic preservation in Utah, and through collaboration with state and federal agencies, local governments, various non-profit stakeholders, and as many members of the Utah Public as possible we hope to find a set of common goals and objectives to guide Historic Preservation in Utah over the next seven years.
If you would like to learn more about the Statewide Historic Preservation Plan process, please go the National Park Service’s webpage (click here)
A first step in this effort is to assess the current knowledge of historic preservation issues in Utah through an online survey. We hope that you have the time to fill out the survey as candidly and straightforwardly as possible. There is no place in the form for any personal information, so the answers are completely confidential.

Please use the scroll bar on the right to move through the survey.