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Wilson G. Martin appointed as State History Director 24 April 2012

For immediate release
24 April 2012
Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205
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Wilson G. Martin appointed as State History Director

SALT LAKE CITY — Department of Community and Culture Executive Director Julie Fisher announced today the appointment of Wilson G. Martin as director of State History, a division of DCC.

“Wilson Martin is the right leader for State History while our department takes an exciting direction as the new Department of Heritage and Arts this summer,” Fisher said. “Wilson’s economic development background and experience with State History will be instrumental in fulfilling its mission to preserve and share the past and provide services and resources vital to our economy.”

Martin graduated from Skyline High School in 1966 and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1972. He later received his Master’s in Town and Country Planning from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, U.K. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army until 1976, Martin returned to Salt Lake City and worked with the Division of State History/Utah State Historical Society.

He left the state in 1986 to complete a Master’s of Philosophy in Architecture at the University of York, U.K. While there, Wilson established a vacation heritage property business and served as a member of the York City Chamber of Commerce. He returned to Utah in 1988 and served as manager of the Preservation Program at Utah State History, and worked to develop the heritage tourism industry in Utah. He was appointed as Associate Director and State Historic Preservation Officer in 2003.

“With his extensive experience building relationships with community partners statewide and his technical expertise in history, architecture and economics, Wilson Martin is truly an asset to the State of Utah and the Division of State History,” said Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

Wilson has served as acting director of State History since April 2011 when former director Phil Notarianni retired after serving 34 years at the division.

About the Department of Community and Culture
DCC’s mission is to enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah. DCC creates, preserves, and promotes communities and culture by offering a wide variety of programs through its five divisions: Utah State Library, Utah State History, Arts & Museums, Indian Affairs and Multicultural Affairs. By investing in Utah’s heritage, arts and culture, DCC elevates Utah’s quality of life and contributes to Utah’s growing economy.