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2016 Utah State History Conference

Rural Utah, Western Issues

September 29 – October 1, 2016

Although Utah and the American West are highly urbanized—principally a product of arid geography—some of their defining characteristics are open spaces and sparse populations. Outside of its urban corridors, the West is a region of small towns and scattered homes amid a big landscape. Its history is a mosaic of agriculture, ranching, manufacturing, community life, and culture. Unfortunately, it is also sometimes ignored in the wider histories.

One of the biggest and most recognizable of western landscapes is Utah’s—the expansive range of the Great Basin, the peaks of the Central Rockies, and the canyons of the Colorado Plateau. Approximately 97 percent of Utah’s land area is considered rural. But this is not an unpeopled and unstoried landscape. About one in ten Utahns lives in towns of 2,500 people or less.

Rural Utahns have grappled with economic development, the dynamics of in-migration, rural gentrification, and the retention of rural culture and identity. Land and resource issues—federal ownership of vast tracts of locally used land, scarcity of water, and energy development among them—are also common, as they are in the histories of other western states. This conference seeks to examine the historical dimensions of these issues, highlighting new, revised, or heretofore unknown histories of rural and western life for a twenty-first century public.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

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Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Workshops
Rio Grande Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Plenary, lunchtime keynote and awards presentation, history and panel sessions
Keynote by Dr. Patty Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History.
Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley

Saturday, October 1, 2016
9:00 am – 6:30 pm
Tour to Bear River Massacre Site (TOUR IS FULL)
Tour sponsored by the Fort Douglas Military Museum
** Please note that a separate paid registration fee of $65.00 is required for this conference tour.  Registration is available at 801-581-1251 or fortdouglas.org.

Thank you to our conference sponsors:

American Institute of Architects (Utah chapter), American Planning Association (Utah chapter), American West Center (U of U), Ames Construction, Charles Redd Center for Western Studies (BYU), Chevron, Fort Douglas Military Museum, Governor’s Office of Economic Development, J. Willard Marriott Library (U of U), LDS Church History Department, National Park Service, Resonance Printing Solutions, U of U History Department, USU History Department, Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Utah Humanities, Utah Westerners.

 Nominations for USHS Best Utah History Book and Article Awards

Resource of the Month

This new series will focus on one database or resource per month in Utah’s Online Library to provide a focused experience for libraries and their patrons. We will host a free webinar for libraries and library workers on the chosen resource so that you will be prepared to help your patrons. Additionally, we will market our Resource of the Month on social media and our website. Register to attend the webinar or check back after the training date to view the archived webinar.

October 13, 2016 – Register
October Resource of the Month – EBSCO Explora
October 27, 2016 – Register
November Resource of the Month – OverDrive
November 30, 2016 – Register
December Resource of the Month – EBSCO TOPICsearch

 

 

Utah Designers Showcased at the Rio Gallery – 13 Sept 2016

SALT LAKE CITY – DesignArts ’16, an exhibition of Utah design, is now open at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City and will continue through Oct. 21, 2016.  The Rio Gallery is open Mon. – Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located at 300 S. Rio Grande in Salt Lake City. A reception and celebration coinciding with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll will be hosted in the gallery on Oct. 21 from 6-9 p.m.

Juror Jim Childress selected 39 designs by 18 Utah designers ranging from lighting design to salt and pepper shakers. The juror’s award winner in the professional category is Jessica Greenberg for her lighting design work with SB Dance and Off-Broadway Theater. There are two juror’s award winners in the student category: DesignBuildBLUFF for their “Cedar Hall” project in architecture and Jun Li’s architectural design concepts for five projects.

The juror, Jim Childress, is a partner at Centerbrook Architects and Planners. Childress has worked over the past 30 years on numerous projects at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the world-renowned center for molecular biology research. He was the architect for notable projects in the West, including the Headquarters for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyo., and three projects at the University of Colorado: the LEED Gold Wolf Law School and the LEED Platinum Center for Community, and the Health Sciences Library on the Anschutz Medical Campus. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Childress’s work has been recognized with 60 design awards including the American Institute of Architects 1998 Architecture Firm Award. He was invested into the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2001 and served as the Chair of its Committee on Design.

The Design Arts Program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums sponsors DesignArts Utah annually with exhibitionsfeaturing designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Further information is available online at visualarts.utah.gov  If you have questions about the DesignArts Utah program or the exhibition please contact Jim Glenn at jglenn@utah.gov and 801.245.7271.

Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Purpose – The Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) is partnering with the National Voter Registration Day organization this year to help increase voter registration and election day engagement in Utah. MCA reached out to other Utah Department of Heritage & Arts divisions and community organizations, to collaborate efforts. Those entities include: Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Utah State Library Division, Utah Division of State History, West Valley Library (Salt Lake County), Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, Comunidades Unidas, and National Tongan American Society. This event is a one-day event to help register or re-register voters before the voter registration deadlines.

 

Day of Event (In-Person)

On-site Voter Registration: Select one of the voter registration sites listed below. At any of these sites you can register or re-register to vote with a paper form or online.  Certain sites will have online access to register. The process can take 15 to 30 minutes. After, your paper voter registration forms will be securely delivered to Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office.
Mail-In Voter Registration: We highly encourage you to fill out your registration form on-site. However, you have the option of picking up a mail-in voter registration form on-site to fill out on your own time and mail the form.
**This is a non-partisan event, so please no political candidate campaigning at the listed voter registration sites.**

 

Voter Registration Sites

West Valley Library (Salt Lake County) – map
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2880 West 3650 South
West Valley City, 84119
For more information, visit mca.utah.gov/vote or contact Rozanna at rbenally-sagg@utah.gov or 801-245-7210, or Jenny at jhor@utah.gov or 801-245-7214.
Registration modes: Paper Forms, Online

Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Artsmap
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Liberty Park
Salt Lake City, 84105
For more information visit arts.utah.gov or contact Sabrina at sabrinasanders@utah.gov or 801-245-7285.
Registration modes: Paper Forms

Urban Indian Center of Salt Lakemap
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
120 West 1300 South
Salt Lake City, 84115
For more information, contact James at jtoledo@utah.gov or 801-715-6702.
Registration modes: Paper Forms

Bookmobiles (Utah State Library Division)
All locations and times as scheduled
bookmobiles.utah.gov
Registration modes: Paper Forms, Online

Comunidades Unidasmap
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
1750 W. Research Way
Suite 102
West Valley City, 84116
For more information, visit cuutah.org or contact Mayra at mayra@cuutah.org or 801-487-4143.

National Tongan American Society Officemap
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
3007 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, 84115
For more information visit ntasutah.org or contact Lavinia at ltmplatu@ntasutah.org or 801-467-8712.

Other Dates and Locations to Register

September 14, 21, and 28
During Utah Division of State History’s Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
State Archives – map
346 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, 84101
history.utah.gov
Registration modes: Paper Forms

Now through November 1
Bookmobiles (Utah State Library Division)
All locations and times as scheduled
bookmobiles.utah.gov

 

Voter Registration Deadlines

In Person:
County Clerk’s Office – To register to vote in person, visit your county clerk’s office by November 1. You will not be eligible to vote during early voting, but you will be able to vote on Election Day at your polling location. Find your polling location at vote.utah.gov.
Visit these Agencies – You may also register to vote in person at the following agencies by October 9, The Drivers License Division, Division of Workforce Services, Utah State Department of Health, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Offices, The Division of Services for People with Disabilities, The Department of Rehabilitation, or Public college and universities.

By Mail: To register to vote by mail, send your completed Voter Registration Form to your county clerk’s office, postmarked no later than October 9.

Online: To register to vote online, visit voter.utah.gov. The last day to register is November 1. You may also change your name or address on your voter registration record, affiliate with a party or change your party affiliation, or request an absentee ballot.

 

Voter Registration Documents and Flyers

Official Flyer – Registration_Sept27

Flyer with Voter Registration Deadlines – Registration_Info

State of Utah Voter Registration Form – Utah Voter Registration Form

List of County Clerk Offices in Utah – County_Clerks

 

 

Utah’s Indigenous Day 2016

About Indigenous Day:

The Utah Division of Indian Affairs celebrates, honors and recognizes the countless contributions of Utah’s American Indian community at its annual Indigenous Day celebration. As part of National Native American Indian Heritage Month, UDIA and its network of partners work together to promote events celebrating Native culture throughout the state.

This year, we will celebrate our Indigenous Day event, “Spiritual Wings: Embracing Native Culture”, on November 4, 2016, at Thanksgiving Point’s Red Barn in Lehi, Utah.

Indigenous Day Poetry Contest:

The Utah Division of Indian Affairs is excited to sponsor a state-wide poetry writing contest open to all Utah American Indian students (grades 3-12) in honor of Utah’s Annual Indigenous Day celebration. This poetry contest is an excellent opportunity for Native students to express themselves and recognize the many contributions of Utah’s American Indian communities.  The goal of the contest is to encourage Native students to identify the value of culture and how culture can help them achieve their goals.

This contest is open to Utah American Indian students in school districts, charter, public and private or home schools, grades 3-12. Entries must be submitted by October 21, 2016 (submit by email or online at Indian.utah.gov).

Please contact Meredith Lam (meredithl@provo.edu) if you have additional questions regarding the poetry contest.

Contest parameters

Department of Heritage and Arts Executive Director Steps Down

julie-fisherAfter five years as the executive director of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, Julie Fisher will step down at the end of August to accept a management position at a global consulting firm. Prior to her service with Heritage and Arts, Fisher served four terms in the Utah House of Representatives

Since being appointed by Governor Gary R. Herbert in 2011, Fisher has led a department that includes the Division of Arts & Museums, Division of State History, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Division of Indian Affairs, UServeUtah, and the Utah State Library. Prior to her appointment, Fisher served four terms in the Utah House of Representatives.

“Heritage and Arts represents the heart and soul of Utah,” Fisher said. “It has been an honor for me to work with so many talented and dedicated people who come to work each day focused on making Utah a better place to live.”

During her tenure as executive director, Fisher led the successful transition from the former Department of Community and Culture to the department’s current organizational structure. She also oversaw the digitization and cataloging of state historical records and more than 30,000 artifacts. The entire state art collection is now available for viewing online. Fisher also spearheaded efforts to significantly expand Gov. Herbert’s annual Native American Summit.

“Julie leaves a legacy of stewardship of Utah’s unique cultural identity and resources,” Gov. Herbert said. “She has fostered a commitment to accountability and efficiency in the management of taxpayer dollars and has laid a foundation which will support the department into the future.”

Brian Somers, who was appointed deputy director of the department in February 2013, will serve as the interim executive director while a search for a new director is conducted. Before joining Heritage & Arts, Somers served as the associate director of communications for Governor Gary R. Herbert. Prior to his service in the Governor’s Office, Somers provided contract communications, marketing, and strategy consulting services to the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and other public and private sector clients.

“Julie has brought together a diverse group of divisions in a way that encourages collaboration in improving the lives of Utahns,” Somers said. “On behalf of all employees in the Department of Heritage and Arts, we thank her for her long public service as our executive director and in the Legislature and wish her well in her future endeavors in the private sector.”

Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit

About     MYLS 2016     Past Events


In support of Governor Gary R. Herbert’s ‘66 by 2020’ education initiative, a state goal that 66 percent of all working-age Utahns will hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020, the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted the first annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit on April 30, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. MCA has since hosted Summits at Weber State University, Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, and South Towne Exposition Center.

MCA plans to host this event every fall during the school year with hopes that students learn how they can be agents of positive social change.

The Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts is the only museum in the country dedicated to displaying a state-owned collection of contemporary folk art. It features objects made by living Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities offering a snapshot of Utah’s contemporary culture and heritage. The Chase Home, built more than 150 years ago in a traditional hall-and-parlor style from adobe bricks, is a fine example of 19th century folk art.

Group tours available by appointment on Wednesdays. Click here to schedule a time.


The Native Folk Arts Gallery contains objects made by members of Utah’s resident tribes (Goshute, Navajo, Paiute, Shoshone and Ute) and by American Indians from out-of-state tribes who live in Utah. The gallery features beautiful beadwork, basketry, musical instruments, toys and rugs regularly made by Utah artists for use within their communities or for sale to collectors.

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Native Folk Arts Gallery

Traditional art from a number of Utah’s ethnic and immigrant communities is featured in the Ethnic Folk Arts Gallery. Displays range from Japanese origami and Chinese paper cuts to Polynesian quilts. Objects are typically crafted for use at community celebrations or to decorate the home, reinforcing ethnic heritage and identity.

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Ethnic Folk Arts Gallery

Stonecarving, hand-forged tools and horseshoes, saddles and cowboy gear made from braided rawhide and hitched horsehair are featured in the Occupational Folk Arts Gallery. Artists have learned these traditional skills from family members or co-workers and they produce objects that are functional, beautiful and very much like the work that has been produced by traditional craftsmen for centuries.

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Occupational Folk Arts Gallery

Workshop Space and Temporary Exhibitions

A workshop space on the first floor features both folk arts and museum programming at the Chase Home. We offer classes, hands-on workshops, artist visits, and many more events. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements.

Space also serves as a gallery for temporary exhibitions of Utah folk and traditional arts or new
work featuring emerging folk art genres or innovations of tradition. We accept proposals for 8-12 week exhibitions by Utah artists. See our Exhibition Guidelines to submit a proposal. Contact Adrienne Decker (adriennedecker@utah.gov) or Jennifer Ortiz (jenniferortiz@utah.gov) to learn more.

Folk Art Collection

View the State of Utah Folk Art Collection.

Location & Hours

The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park. To visit, enter the park from either 900 South or 1300 South at about 600 East and follow the signs to parking near the center of the park.

Labor Day-Memorial Day (Winter Hours):

Tuesday-Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday-Monday: Closed

Memorial Day-Labor Day (Summer Hours):

Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Thursday-Saturday:11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Sunday-Monday: Closed

Chase Home Museum Map

Questions?

Call 801.533.5760

Facebook IconVisit the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts on Facebook!

Summer of Service

Summer of Service is Utah’s statewide initiative to celebrate and mobilize youth 5-25 to make a meaningful difference in their local communities by volunteering June 1 to August 31.

Why serve:

  • Make a difference in someone’s life
  • Learn new skills to build your resume
  • Keep active, stay busy, avoid boredom
  • Have fun and make new friends
  • Earn a Presidential Service Award
  • Read this blog post for more details about why and how youth can serve this summer

Where:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • Community Events
  • Government Agencies and Schools
  • Individuals (neighbors, family, others)

Qualify for Prizes:

to access the participant login page click hereEach month, qualifying youth are entered into a drawing for prizes. Drawings are held at the end of June, July and August. Prizes include (but are not limited to):

  • VIP passes to Airborne Sports
  • Games of bowling at All Star Bowling & Entertainment
  • Two tickets to Tuacahn Ampitheatre’s Peter Pan
  • Dozen donuts from Banbury Cross
  • Unlimited fun passes at Boondocks
  • Ice cream gift certificates
  • All day passes to Cherry Hill
  • Round trip airfare in continental U.S.
  • Buffet meals at Chuck-A-Rama
  • Gift certificates to Classic Fun Center
  • Funday passes to Glenwood Caverns
  • Day at the Natural History Museum package
  • Universal Day pass to Seven Peaks
  • and more

To see how to qualify for prizes, visit our participant portal.

Earn Presidential Service Recognition:

The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a premier volunteer awards program.  Youth are invited to participate and be recognized by our nation’s president for being active citizens. Along with the ultimate honor of presidential recognition, recipients will receive a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the president of the United States. Youth must complete the following amount of hours June 1 to August 31 for the PVSA:

  • Kids 5-12 (50 hours)
  • Youth 13-18 (75 hours)
  • Young Adults 19-25 (100 hours)

Thank You Sponsors!

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Logan Aquatic Center
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Salt Lake County Ice Center

Need Help?
Call Katie Barlow at 801-245-7281 or kbarlow@utah.gov for more information

Circleville Massacre Memorial

In April 1851, Mormon settlers in Circleville, a small hamlet in central Utah Territory, slit the throats of as many as 30 men, women, and children belonging to the Paiute Koosharem band. The massacre happened during the Black Hawk War because of unfounded fears by the settlers that the band posed a threat.

Despite being the worst atrocity committed against Native Americans in Utah, the massacre is not well known. Circleville residents—none original descendants of the perpetrators—do not much discuss it. The massacre is hardly mentioned in general histories of the state, and even the Paiute people know little of what happened to their ancestors.

That will begin to change, however, when the victims will be memorialized with a new memorial in Circleville. The memorial will provide a solemn place of contemplation and commemoration to honor the victims of one of Utah history’s saddest episodes.

A dedication ceremony for the new memorial is scheduled for April 22 at 11 a.m. The brief ceremony will be held at Memorial Park (Main Street and 100 East) in Circleville. Speakers include representatives of the Paiute Koosharem band, town of Circleville, LDS Church history department, and Utah Division of State History.

The memorial has become a reality because of the efforts of the Paiute Tribal Council, Utah Division of State History, town of Circleville officials, LDS Church Historical Department, Utah Westerners, and a number of independent historians who felt compelled to band together and give proper recognition to the slain.

Additional Background Information on the Circleville Massacre

The massacre occurred in an atmosphere of fear and conflict as the “Black Hawk War” led to violence among settlers and native peoples in many areas of Utah. Late in 1865, some Utes raided the town of Circleville, killing four citizens. In early 1866, ​Parowan militia officers decided to “take in all straggling Indians in the vicinity”—Paiutes included—eventually requesting several to come into Fort Sanford, where they were questioned. The militia targeted Paiute Indians due to paranoia and distrust, believing that they had allied with the Utes.

On April 21, an express sent from Fort Sanford to Circleville stated that two formerly friendly Paiutes had shot and wounded a member of the Utah militia. What the dispatch did not report was that one of the Paiutes had been injured, while the other had been shot and killed by a soldier’s long-range rifle. The military commander at Fort Sanford sent an express to Circleville and Panguitch advising that Paiutes encamped near the settlements ought to be disarmed. Later, another express rider from Fort Sanford erroneously reported that “friendly Paiutes had shot and killed a white man who belonged to the militia”—though in fact no militiamen had been killed.

Settlers and local LDS church leaders​ in Circleville met to decide what course to pursue. They decided to take the local Paiutes prisoner and sent a messenger to them to come into town and hear a letter read by the local LDS bishop. Those who complied were directed into the log church meetinghouse. When the settlers told the Indians to disarm and the Paiutes indicated reluctance, the settlers forcefully disarmed them. Men were sent to bring in the Indians who had refused to come in the first time. One Paiute who attempted to escape was shot. The prisoners, including women and children, were taken to an unused cellar to be held under guard.

LDS Church Apostle Erastus Snow received a report from Circleville and instructed that prisoners should be treated kindly and let go unless “hostile or affording aid to the enemy.” But the dispatch arrived too late—except for two prisoners who escaped and four children thought too young to bear witness, Mormon settlers massacred as many as thirty men, women, and children of the Koosharem Band, mostly by slitting their throats. Reportedly, the bodies were taken to the cellar of an unbuilt mill and buried in a mass grave.

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The event is little-known in Utah and barely receives mention in general histories of the state. Only a few scholarly sources, including a 1989 Utah Historical Quarterly article, document its history. In order to raise awareness and honor the memory of the innocents, several groups have worked together on creating a monument.

The monument is the result of cooperation among the Paiute Tribe of Utah, Utah Division of State History, town of Circleville, LDS Church History Department, Utah Westerners, and many contributors. The LDS Church Historical Department made an initial contribution that paid for the design of the monument. Utah Division of State History Director Brad Westwood and Utah Westerners President Steven A. Gallenson spearheaded a fundraising campaign, and a number of history-loving individuals and organizations have pledged their financial support of the project.

At the request of the Paiute Tribe, on the granite stone will be an image of an eagle in flight (conveying the deceased to their resting places). The text will include an oral account of the massacre and an inscription written by the next of kin of those slain.

The memorial has the promise of not only bringing recognition to the massacre but also of bringing healing for Paiutes and the people of Circleville. The inscription reads: “In remembrance of the innocent who were lost in this place so long ago. None of us could ever hope to describe the feelings of emotion that these people might have felt. All we can do is honor their existence as human beings.”

Resources

Weeks, Sue Jensen. How Desolate Our Home Bereft of Thee: James Tillman Sanford Allred and the Circleville Massacre. Melbourne: Clouds of Magellan, 2014.

Winkler, Albert. “The Circleville Massacre: A Brutal Incident in Utah’s Black Hawk War,” Utah Historical Quarterly 55 (1987): 4–21.