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Public Art Opportunities in Provo, West Valley City

The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums has issued two calls for letters of interest and qualifications for projects in Provo and West Valley City.

The deadline for the 4th District Court building in Provo is March 31 and for a new liquor store in West Valley City (pictured) is April 7. Details about both projects can be found at and applications may be submitted at Continue reading

Archival S.L. Tribune Photos Offer Glimpse of Mid-Century Life in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 170,000 photographs from the archives of The Salt Lake Tribune are now publicly available through the Utah Division of State History Digital Collections.

The wide assortment of pictures taken by Tribune photographers from the 1930s to the 1960s capture the major news events of the mid-20th century, from the derailment of a train in Bingham Canyon to visits by political figures such as former presidents Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy. But many other pictures offer a glimpse into life in Utah during the period, through images such as a baseball game at Derk’s Field (pictured), the Salt Lake Christmas parade, or summer fireworks. Continue reading

Winning Utah Student Artists Exhibit Work at Utah Capitol

Twenty-seven high school students were honored recently in the chambers of the Utah Senate for their work in annual Utah Senate Visual Arts Scholarship Competition.

Each of the students were presented scholarships of $5,000 to $300 by their state senator, depending on their placement in the compeition. The scholarships will be deposited in an account through the Utah Educational Savings Plan.

Students submitted artwork with images of the Utah landscape, and judging was done by an independent panel. The competition, an initiative of Senate President Wayne Niederhauser, is sponsored by the President’s office, the Utah State Senate, Art Works for Kids, Comcast, Zion’s Bank, KeyBank, and the Utah Division of Arts & Museums.

“We were pleased with the amount of participation in this special art competition,” Utah Arts & Museums Director Gay Cookson said. “This is an important showcase for the talented high school students in Utah and how the arts are an important part of their education.”

The winning art work will be exhibited on the third floor corridor of the Utah State Capitol through the 2017 Utah Legislative Session. The 1st place art work, Dead Horse Point (pictured below) by Cadence Peterson of Maple Mountain High School in Nebo School District, will remain permanently in the Utah Senate suite.

Students from Alpine, Beaver, Cache, Canyons, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Granite, Iron, Jordan, Juab, North Sanpete, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, Sevier, San Juan, Tooele, Uintah, Washington, Weber School districts, charter and private schools participated – a total of 232 students from 21 of the 41 school districts.

The student winners included:
1st Place –Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School – Cadence Peterson
2nd Place – Canyons School District, Jordan High School – Tiffany Castillo
3rd Place – Davis School District, Woods Cross High School – Jacob McKee

Honorable Mentions:

  • Davis School District, Davis High School – Emily Ellis
  • Iron County School District, Cedar High School – Lauren Marchant
  • San Juan School District, Monticello High School – Easton Bowring
  • Uintah School District, Uintah High School – Hope Martushev
  • Granite School District, Olympus High School – Eliza Anderson
  • Salt Lake City School District, Highland High School – Samantha Dunaway
  • Washington School District, Snow Canyon High School – Zaida Machado
  • Granite School District, Granger High School – Brynleigh Rosier
  • Logan, Fast Forward Charter High School – Analia Evans
  • Nebo School District, Maple Mountain High School – Emily Johnson
  • Weber School District, Weber High School – Bradley Gray
  • Granite School District, Cottonwood High School – Christopher Woodward
  • Alpine School District, Westlake High School – Aubary Wilson
  • Jordan School District, Herriman School – Adam Anderson
  • Duchesne School District, Union High School – Quentin Drake
  • Provo School District, Provo High School – Rebekah Campbell
  • Daggett School District, Manila High School – Cody Smith
  • Alpine School District, Skyridge High School – Rhiannon Gray
  • Jordan School District, Herriman High School – Annie Bearden
  • Ogden School District, Ben Loman High School – Raquel Juarez
  • North Sanpete School District, North Sanpete High School – Ethan Ostraff
  • Davis School District, Bountiful High School – Sarah Gould
  • Home School – Riley Cruz
  • Alpine School District, Timpanogos High School – Lindsay Palmatier

NHPA 50 Year Anniversary

Join the nationwide celebration for the 50th Anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) in 2016. This Act transformed the face of communities throughout the United States and Utah by establishing a framework and incentives to preserve historic buildings, landscapes, and archaeological sites.  Coordinated through, the nationwide celebration is designed to inform and engage all ages and backgrounds in this significant law’s effects on local communities and history. Since 1966, the NHPA has shaped preservation efforts on America’s history and culture while generating positive social and economic impacts. In 2015, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office (formed in 1973) gathered stakeholders to organize a year of events and to gather engaging stories and media for the celebration.

This website is a portal to a year of events and activities that cover all corners of Utah.

Events Calendar     Media     Preservation Apps     Links     Partners


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Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps

We are pleased to announce an exhibition of forty rare historical maps depicting the region that became Utah from its earliest imaginings by European cartographers to the modern state’s boundaries.

Original maps shown are from the private collection of Salt Lake City businessman Stephen Boulay, with additional contributions from the Utah State Historical Society, LDS Church History Department, L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University, Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library, and the American West Center at the University of Utah.

The exhibition is curated by Travis Ross and Stephen Boulay. Exhibition designer is Kerry Shaw. See here for other contributors and exhibition partners.

Additional selected maps from various institutions and private collectors will be offered as a “show and tell” event in the center of the State Capitol Rotunda on January 27, noon to 2 p.m.

The exhibition will run through late summer 2017.

For an online interactive map detailing the shifting political and cultural boundaries of Utah, see Contested Boundaries: Creating Utah’s State Lines.

UHQ Digital Exhibition

The six maps reproduced below are part of Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps displayed in the Utah Capitol Building fourth floor beginning January 27, 2017.

Maps serve many purposes. They represent physical geographies, recording landmarks, routes, and boundaries. But they also reflect varying perceptions, imaginations, values, and aspirations. This is certainly true of the maps presented here. Over five centuries, empires and explorers along with printers and publishers worked first to trace the outline of a continent that was new to Europeans and then, eventually, to fill in its vast middle. These maps show the steady increase of geographic knowledge of the Americas, but they also demonstrate the economic and political interests that produced that knowledge and the individuals who benefited from it. They hint at what map makers and their sponsors determined was worth documenting, identifying, and, in some cases, possessing. They often erase, obscure, and distort. Put simply: maps are more than cartographic representations of known or imagined physical features on the landscape. As you examine these maps, try to determine the purposes for which they were made and any mistruths, omissions, and distortions they may contain.


Title: America Septentrionalis

Creator: Jan Jansson (1588-1664)

Published in: Nouveau Theatre du Monde ou Nouvel Atlas

Place: Amsterdam

Date: 1641

This striking hand-colored map by the Dutch cartographer Jan Jansson (1588-1664) was the first atlas map to treat North America on its own page, separate from the rest of the western hemisphere. Jansson produced this definitive synthesis of the best cartographic knowledge then available. In the process, he helped to canonize both true and false details about North America’s geography for generations. This was not the first map to depict California as an island, for instance, but its widespread distribution helped to popularize that misconception. The eastern seaboard illustrates the French presence along the St. Lawrence River, the English in New England and Virginia, and the Dutch in what is labeled “Novum Belgium.” Though the lake feeding the Rio Del Norte might look familiar to modern Utahns, the Great Salt Lake did not enter the written record until the Timpanogos Utes related its existence to the Dominguez-Escalanté Expedition of 1776.



Title: “Plano Geografico de los Descumbimientos”

Creator: Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco (1713-1785)

Manuscript (Original at Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University)

Date: 1778 (Facsimile, 1970)

Bernardo de Miera y Pacheco (1713-1785) traveled with the Dominguez-Escalante Expedition of 1776-1777 and drew this map as a record of the journey. The party served the Spanish interest in establishing an overland route connecting Mexico to Alta California, which remained an overseas colony of New Spain in spite of its relative geographic proximity well into the next century. In this map, Miera depicted the Rio Colorado with new clarity. This map depicted “Laguna de los Timpanogos” (Utah Lake) for the first time. It also illustrates the “Great River of the West,” a mythical river that tantalized those hoping to find a water passage to Asia for nearly two hundred years. Contrary to later maps, this conflation of Utah’s modern Green River and Sevier River terminated in a lake within the Great Basin. Miera named it Laguna de Miera after himself, but modern Utahns will know it as Sevier Lake.



Title: “Partie du Mexique”

Creator: Philippe Vandermaelen (1795-1869)

Published in: Atlas Universel de Géographie Physique, Politique, Statistique Et Minéralogique

Date: 1827

Drawn by the Belgian cartographer Philippe Marie Vandermaelen (1795-1869), this map depicted the region from Lake Timpanogos (Utah Lake) to present day Colorado and Wyoming. It appeared in Vandermaelen’s six-volume Atlas Universel, published in 1827. As the first atlas to depict the entire globe with a large, consistent scale (26 miles to the inch), the individual maps in this atlas could be combined on a globe approximately 7.75 meters in diameter. The Princeton University Library’s has rendered the resulting globe digitally. The fourth volume focused on North America, he illustrated the Trans-Mississippi West in about twenty sheets.


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Title: “Neueste Karte von Mexico … 1850”

Creator: Carl Christian Franz Radefeld (1788-1874)

Published in: Joseph Meyer (1796-1856), Grosser Hand-Atlas

Place: Hildburghausen

Date: 1850

Even if the U.S. government never recognized the expansive state of Deseret, the prolific mapmakers at Meyer’s publishing company Bibliographisches Institut in Hildburghausen, Germany did, if only briefly. Like Young’s map of Deseret in Mitchell’s Universal Atlas, Meyer’s Grosser Hand-Atlas published a rare map of Deseret as originally proposed. That was not a coincidence. Meyer and his cartographer Radefeld relied on Mitchell’s atlas to produce their 1850-1854 editions of the Hand-Atlas.


Title: “Map of the United States of America”

Creator: James H. Young (1792-18??)

Published in: Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868), A New Universal Atlas

Place: Philadelphia

Date: 1850

Fueled by emerging mass-market interest, atlases experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 1840s and 1850s. Produced for S. Augustus Mitchell’s contribution to that market by his longtime engraver and associate James H. Young, this map captured the territorial expansion of the newly-continental United States in progress. While the eastern United States might look relatively familiar—save the lack of West Virginia as a distinct state—the western territories bear only a vague similarity to the familiar state boundaries that would eventually settle. This map captured an already-reduced Utah Territory that stretched from roughly the Sierra Nevada range to the continental divide.

Note that the map erroneously called that territory by its then-defunct name of Deseret. This particular mid-1850 edition of the atlas had two U.S. maps, with each identifying the new territory by its alternate names. The United States never recognized an entity called “Deseret.” Western political events moved rather quickly at times, so it is understandable that a map prepared in early 1850 and published at the end of the year would not be able to keep up. Nonetheless, the territory which should have been labeled Utah Territory never looked like this. [link to the GIS site]




Title: “California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, New Mexico”

Creator: Samuel Augustus Mitchell (1792-1868)

Published in: A New Universal Atlas

Publisher: Charles Desilver

Place: Philadelphia

Date: 1857

Selling atlases in the mass market was a race as often as it was a contest over accuracy and comprehensiveness. Produced rapidly for Mitchell’s Atlas Universal in 1850 by adding new boundaries to an existing base map from the previous decade, this was one of the first maps to show the new state of California. It had little else going for it. Its intellectual debt to the 1840s meant that Frémont practically authored the Great Basin. The map even identified it as the Fremont Basin to at least the 1855 edition. Over the 1850s, Mitchell updated the map, adding in subsequent editions the cities and counties that had been conspicuously absent in the rushed earlier versions.





Community Service Programs Will Showcase Successes at Utah State Capitol

I heart national service logoSALT LAKE CITY — On February 9, 2017, national service programs from across the state will gather at the Utah State Capitol to share their role in building strong communities. National Service Day on the Hill is an opportunity for program managers to engage policy makers and spotlight those who improve the quality of life in Utah through volunteerism. Continue reading

Utah Division of Arts & Museums Seeks Nominations for Arts Leaders

am_things_events_governors_delora_and_first_lady1-300x246SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Division of Arts & Museums seeks nominations for the 2017 Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards.

Four awards are given annually in conjunction with Utah Arts and Museums’ Mountain West Arts Conference. This year the conference will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

Established in 1980, the Governor’s Awards in the Arts recognize individuals and organizations that Continue reading

Day at the Utah Capitol Dedicated to History in Action

ush-6695-1SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of State History invites lovers of Utah history to attend Utah History Day on the Hill, Friday, January 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda.

This public event showcases history in Utah from the classroom to the archives. Learn more about hands-on history education through Utah’s National History Day program, and view a selection of prized historic maps of Utah from the 1500s to statehood. Continue reading

Leadership Day 2017

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Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Utah State Capitol Rotunda


Every year the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) invites Utah students to attend the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol. It is a day to engage youth in the legislative process and to gain an understanding of the importance of becoming informed and involved citizens of Utah. This is also an opportunity for legislators to interact with high school students and educators, and to encourage students to stay in school, graduate, and become future Utah leaders.


UPDATE: The registration deadline has been extended to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and specific registration requirements have changed.

Registration is free. Capacity is set for 300 students and educators, so register as soon as possible. *Please note: The Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) implemented changes to this year’s registration criteria and requirements. Educators and/or Chaperones are required to accompany their students.

  • Requirement: A maximum of 26 students and educators per school No maximum capacity per school, but follow the required student and educator ratio.
  • Requirement: 1 educator per 12 students 25 students.
  • Leadership Day is for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and educators.
    All 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are invited to register, but MCA highly encourages students who are enrolled in U.S. Government & Citizenship courses, involved in a student leadership program, of underrepresented backgrounds, and/or interested in civic engagement, to attend.
  • The Parent Questionnaire is voluntary, and should be completed by the student’s parent or guardian.

Registration opens Thursday, January 19 and closes Friday, February 17, 2017 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017. This year, capacity is set for 300 students and educators, so register promptly as slots will fill up fast.

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE – Please complete this form after you register.
MCA invites parents (or guardians) to complete a parent questionnaire, and participation is voluntary. The parent questionnaire helps the Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) determine if we are reaching a diverse group of students during the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol. MCA invites you to complete the following form, because your child will attend the Leadership Day with their school. For parents who choose to participate, their child’s information remains confidential. The acknowledgement section is removed before any data collection, which means their responses do not identify them or their child’s name. We ask educators to collect the forms and provide them to MCA on the day of the event or email to To print the Parent Questionnaire, click MYLD_Parent_Questionnaire.

If you have any questions regarding Registration, please contact Itzel Hernandez at or 801-245-7282. Click on the link to obtain your own copy of this year’s flyer, MYLD_2017_Flyer.

Excellence in Education Awards

Nomination submissions closed

As an integral part of the Leadership Day, the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) seeks to recognize extraordinary students and educators who help advance civic learning and engagement with Utah’s multicultural communities. This award is presented to up to three students and three educators from Utah high schools (10th, 11th, 12th grades) as deemed appropriate by the office.

1. The nominee has been personally involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the advancement of civic engagement among diverse communities.
2. A descriptive summary about the nominee’s qualifications as related to the applicable selection criteria.
3. The nominee must not have previously received the award.

Examples of the type of honorees MCA seeks to recognize include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advancing Civics Learning and Engagement. Who proactively seizes opportunities to promote civics and service learning with diverse communities? We encourage the nomination of individuals who continuously seek opportunities to initiate partnerships with individuals, organizations, and multicultural communities to elevate and expand civic engagement.
  • Embracing Social and Intercultural Awareness. Who shows an understanding and sensitivity to the civic issues impacting people from various cultural communities? MCA seeks the nomination of people who actively help others better understand and appreciate Utah’s multicultural communities and the civic issues that directly impact them.
  • Facilitating Change. Who encourages others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to civic learning and democratic engagement? We ask for the nomination of individuals who support and use good ideas to solve problems and address civic issues relevant to diverse communities in Utah.

MCA aims to celebrate the nominees who initiate new ideas and involve people, organizations, and diverse communities to be engaged in Utah’s civic and democratic life.

  • The promotion of an inclusive climate for Utah’s multicultural communities.
  • The collaboration with others that advance a local or regional vision and narrative for civic engagement.
  • The support for civic success outcomes for diverse students, schools, and diverse communities.


  • A completed nomination form with appropriate signatures and contact information.
  • A descriptive summary written by the nominator about the nominee’s qualifications as related to the applicable selection criteria (Please note: three pages maximum, submitted in letter format).
  • The award nomination form is due Monday, February 13, 2017.

Submit online nominations by clicking the button below. If you would like to print a nomination form, click MYLD_Award_Nomination_Form and email your complete nomination packet to Rozanna Benally-Sagg at For more information call 801-245-7210.

If selected, award recipients are highly encouraged to attend Leadership Day on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to receive their award certificate and be honored during the main program.

General Agenda

9:30-10:00 AM – Attendees Check-In
10:00-10:50 – Main Program – Speakers, Cultural Performers, Education Awards Presentation
10:40-10:50 – Break
10:50-11:20 – Team Red – Workshop (Auditorium), Team Blue – Self-guided Capitol Tours, Exhibitors (Rotunda)
11:20-11:30 – Break
11:30 AM-12:00 PM – Team Red – Self-guided Capitol Tours, Exhibitors (Rotunda), Team Blue – Workshop (Auditorium)
12:00-12:30 – Closing Session, Lunch
12:30 – Students Depart

Workshop, Capitol Tours & Exhibitors

Each student and educator is assigned a group, either Team Red or Team Blue. According to your assigned group, you will be attending a workshop, self-guided capitol tour or interacting with exhibitors during your designated time.

WORKSHOP – Team Red-10:50-11:20 AM; Team Blue-11:30 AM-12:00 PM
The workshop is designed to create an interactive experience for the high school students and educators. The workshop will include a panel discussion, interactive activity, and a reflection activity. The workshop will take place in the State Office Building Auditorium.

CAPITOL TOURS & EXHIBITORS – Team Red-11:30 AM-12:00 PM; Team Blue-10:50-11:20 AM
Students and educators can engage in a self-guided capitol tour using the Self-Guided Tour pamphlet, or visit the available exhibit tables located in the Capitol Rotunda. Educators will lead their group of students on self-guided tours at their leisure. Exhibitors are available during this time and will encompass various organizations throughout the state, targeting youth and civic engagement.


MCA is seeking volunteers for this year’s Leadership Day event. Detailed information is forthcoming, or you can contact Itzel Hernandez at to inquire. Once assigned, MCA asks if you can no longer volunteer please notify Itzel, at least three days before the event to find a replacement.