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National Register Nominations | April 2014

In April 2014, the Board of State History, for the Utah Division of State History, will review five (5) nominations to the National Register. These nominations are:

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

62nd Annual State History Conference | Sept 25-27, 2014

The dates for the 62nd Annual State History Conference have been set. Mark your calendars now so you can attend.

When: September 25th – September 27th, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah @ The City Library and The Leonardo

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

Have a proposal you’d like to submit for consideration? Submit your proposal here!

Nominate someone for a Utah State History Award.

Submit a paper for the Helen Z. Papanikolas Award for the Best Student Paper on Utah Women’s History.

Research Center: Special Hours

Did you know? The Downtown Farmer’s Market is coming to the Rio Grande Depot every other Saturday during the winter. In conjunction with these events, the Research Center will be open from 10am – 2pm on the following Saturdays:

  • November 9th, 2013
  • November 23rd, 2013
  • December 7th, 2013
  • December 21st, 2013

Take advantage of these extended hours to get your holiday research projects done!

Read more about the services offered at the Research Center here.

Current National Register Nominations

Utah’s historic properties are frequently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Recent nominations to the National Register that are currently under review include:

South Temple Historic District Amendment
Review period: Now – November 14th, 2013

To see historic properties in Utah that were recently approved for the National Register, click here.
To search all historic properties in Utah, click here.

Preservation Pro Update: October 22, 2013

Utah Division of State History
Preservation Pro Update
October 22nd, 2013

This memo is intended to update Preservation Pro users and our agency partners on what the archaeology records staff has been working on and completed during the recent months.

General Stats:

  • Archaeological report spatial data uploaded August-September 2013: 310
  • Archaeological site spatial data uploaded August-September: 464
  • Site forms scanned in August-September: 1800 (focused on Uintah County).

Site Form Access Bug

We’ve received numerous reports concerning issues accessing site forms scans- thank you for the feedback.  Our IT staff is reportedly exploring the issue and searching for a solution.  In the interim, if you are needing one or two site forms from counties already scanned (BE, BO, CA, DA, DC, DV, GR, IN, UN) please contact archrecords and we’ll see what we can do.  We encourage anyone experiencing the issue to “report a bug” via the feedback tab to escalate the issue.

Site form scanning update:

We are currently working on scanning Uintah County.  This county was chosen due to the high traffic these records are receiving.  We are over 50% complete with that county.  Our Department recently purchased a high volume scanner to expedite the project.  We currently have nine counties (BE, BO, CA, CB, DA, DC, DV, GR, and IN) scanned.

Additional Preservation Pro development update: 

Last month we were finally able to get a ‘landownership’ identifier added to the system.  We hope it’s been of use.  If you have other functionality you’d like to see added please use the “report request feature” in the feedback tab.

Preservation Pro and the Proposed “New IMACS”

We are currently preparing for the potential rollout of new site recording standards and forms in Utah.  Given the large changes to the form, and our software and financial constraints, we’ll be significantly modifying the data we retain in Preservation Pro.  Our focus will be on providing digital site forms (pdf) and basic tabular data on every submitted site.  In working with key agencies we feel this will add more value to the system.  More information is coming- but if you have questions please feel free to contact us.

New Records Email Address:

For those of you who haven’t heard, we’ve recently launched a new email address for records needs:  This is a group email address that we hope will provide quicker and better service for records needs.  Please update your email address book.

Send us your shapefiles!

Thank you to all who have generously responded to our requests for spatial data.  We continue to accept digital spatial data as an addition to your usual paper-based submission packet.  A CD or other portable media attached to the report is best (addressed to us), but we can be flexible on other the delivery methods.  We know such submissions were discouraged in the past, but change is here!

Utah Archaeology Week Poster Contest

Note: This year’s contest is officially closed and we’ve selected a winner! We’ll post the winning artwork soon!

Utah Archaeology Week celebrates Utah’s rich archaeological and cultural resources with a week of lectures and hands-on learning. This is your chance to not only help us promote Archaeology Week, but to win prizes and have your own artwork immortalized.

Who can participate? All residents of Utah! It doesn’t matter what age you are, we want your entries!

I don’t draw. That’s okay! Entrants may choose any material, design, or medium to create an original depiction of Utah archaeology. Just remember to incorporate this year’s theme into your work. Whether it’s prehistoric or historic archaeological technologies, we want to see your creativity shine!

What do I get if I win? Winners of the poster contest receive:

  • Grand Contest Winner – $250; this poster will also be professionally printed, distributed nationwide, and hung at the Rio Grande Depot
  • Adult Contest Winner – $100
  • Secondary School Contest Winner – $100
  • Elementary School Contest Winner – $100

I need inspiration. No problem! Check out our past winners to get some inspiration to help you on your way!

Don’t forget! Download the Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines here.


For more information, contact Deb Miller or 801-245-7249 or Derinna Kopp, 801-245-7245.