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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.

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Nominate a history hero


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.

Utah Historical Quarterly Current Issue

Volume 83, Number 1 (Winter Issue):

Utah’s history is more diverse than you think! Check out the Winter 2015 issue of the Utah Historical Quarterly to learn more about where Utah has been, and how we’ve come to where we are today. 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 



Neither Poet nor Prophet: S. George Ellsworth and the History of Utah
By Robert E. Parson

Charcoal and Its Role in Utah Mining History
By Douglas H. Page Jr., Sarah E. Page, Thomas J. Straka, and Nathan D. Thomas

The Chocolate Dippers’ Strike of 1910
By Kathryn L. MacKay

Tooele, Touch Typing, and the Catholic Saint Marguerite-Marie Alacoque
By Emma Louise Penrod

Transformation of the Cathedral: An Interview with Gregory Glenn
By Gary Topping

Charcoal burners, “chocolate girls,” Catholic priests, and a champion typist: these are a few of the characters who populate this issue of UtahHistorical Quarterly. That contemporary historians consider such individuals worthy of study stems, in part, from the new social history of the 1960s and beyond. This school of thought challenged the “consensus” history that had emphasized common American values and character over ethnic, racial, and class distinctions. In the words of the historian Alice Kessler-Harris, the new social history documented “social relationships, social structure, everyday life, private life, social solidarities, social conflicts, social classes, and social groups.”[1] In short, over the years, it has provided a more complete view of the past.

S. George Ellsworth, the subject of our first article, was a leading practitioner of this “new” history. Ellsworth obtained graduate training under Herbert Eugene Bolton at the University of California– Berkeley and spent his entire career at Utah State University. A bibliophile, he made important contributions to bolstering USU’s collection of what he called Utahnalia. Unlike the better-known Leonard Arrington, with whom he shared an intimate but at times strained relationship, Ellsworth was not a prolific scholar. Detailed and thoughtful, he labored fifteen years on Utah’s Heritage, a seventh-grade history textbook. Robert Parson guides readers in an intimate introduction to a master teacher and gifted, if at time conflicted, scholar who merits broader recognition for his contributions to Utah history. The other articles in this issue reflect Ellsworth’s dedication to telling lesser-known stories.

With our second article, a team of foresters and archaeologists have set out to remind Utahns of the place of charcoal in their state’s mining history. For many reasons, charcoal was a preferred source of heat in smelting; it was, therefore, critical to the mining industry. From whence, then, did smelters obtain the charcoal they needed to operate? The authors of this article have answered this question by documenting the remains of charcoal production sites throughout the state, as well as sites in Colorado and Wyoming associated with Utah mining. They are careful, too, to remind readers of the devastation caused by the charcoal industry: in the lives of the poorly paid, poorly housed charcoal burners; for the Native Americans whose food source the industry decimated; and, not least, in the forests altered by heavy, careless logging.

The back cover of this issue features a commercial photograph of chocolate boxes from the J. G. McDonald Company. The message presented by these boxes is overwhelmingly one of beauty, elegance, and, above all, femininity. As our third article establishes, such a message belied the realities of life for the young women who worked at McDonald’s confectionery. In 1910, fourteen of those women formed a “Chocolate Dippers’ Union” and struck for higher wages. These women—all of whom were younger than twenty-five and all of whom lost their jobs—acted bravely and with few precedents close at hand. Though only the names of the Chocolate Dippers’ Union’s officers survive, that fragment of history provides a fascinating glimpse into their world: all five of the officers came from the homes of working-class English immigrants, converts to Mormonism.

The last two pieces in this issue remind us of Utah’s deep Catholic roots. Emma Louise Penrod probes into the naming of Tooele’s Saint Marguerite Catholic Church, skeptical that a church in a Utah town with almost no French roots derived its name from the French Saint Marguerite-Marie Alacoque. She was right. The Marguerite in question was in fact a young Irish American girl, the niece of Frank McGurrin—a celebrated typist who helped popularize the QWERTY keyboard and nurtured the Catholic Church in Tooele. The article segues into a discussion of ethnicity and religion in small mining towns, like those close to Tooele, and the odd connection of the Catholic parish to the origins of modern touch typing. The final piece features a delightful conversation between the historian Gary Topping and Gregory Glenn, the founder and director of the Madeleine Choir School in Salt Lake City.

[1] Alice Kessler-Harris, “Social History,” in The New American History, ed. Eric Foner (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1997), 232.


David M. Wrobel, Global West, American Frontier: Travel, Empire, and Exceptionalism from Manifest Destiny to the Great Depression. Reviewed by Michael Homer

Claudine Chalmers, Chronicling the West for Harper’s: Coast to Coast with Frenzeny and Tavernier in 1873–1874. Reviewed by Noel A. Carmack

Samuel Holiday and Robert S. McPherson, Under the Eagle: Samuel Holiday, Navajo Code Talker. Reviewed by Robert S. Voyles

Roger L. Nichols, Warrior Nations: The United States and Indian Peoples. Reviewed by Patricia Ann Owens

Norman Rosenblatt, Dance with the Bear: The Joe Rosenblatt Story. Reviewed by Allan Kent Powell

Merina Smith, Revelation, Resistance, and Mormon Polygamy: The Introduction and Implementation of the Principle, 1830–1853. Reviewed by Todd M. Compton


Mike Mackey, Protecting Wyoming’s Share: Frank Emerson and the Colorado River Compact

Aaron McArthur, St. Thomas, Nevada: A History Uncovered

Evelyn I. Funda, Weeds: A Farm Daughter’s Lament