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Spike 150 Grant Opportunities

On May 10th, 1869, the Transcontinental Railroad was completed at Promontory Point in Northern Utah.  In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the 1869 Transcontinental Railroad’s completion in Utah, funding for railroad-related projects is now available through the Department of Heritage & Arts.

Three categories of grants are available:

  1. Spike 150 Cultural Celebration Grants – Funding for Utah arts, cultural, history, and humanities-based organizations, and local communities, to plan celebratory events, exhibits, festivals, performances, or programs around the sesquicentennial commemorating event.
    Guidelines  |  Online Application
  2. Railroad Depot Upgrade Grants – Funding for Utah historic railroad depots that serve as museums or visitor information centers in order to enhance the historic appearance and functionality of the railroad depot to support the Anniversary. Preference will be given to projects that contribute to the long-term maintenance and preservation of the historic railroad depot.
    Guidelines Online Application
  3. Local History Grants – Funding for Utah communities and organizations to include Transcontinental Railroad or general railroad history in their 2019 programming. These can include public education activities, exhibits, research, events, and presentations related to the topic of railroads in Utah.
    Guidelines  |  Online Application

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, schools, local historical societies, arts and cultural organizations, museums, libraries, local governments, and others. Topics and subjects related to this event may include, but are not limited to: transportation, travel, industry, technology, infrastructure, innovation, immigrant & labor issues, impact on Indigenous peoples,  environmental issues, globalization, historical figures & stories, related geographic locales,Transcontinental Railroad routes, westward expansion, social & economic impacts, etc.

Grant funding is provided by the State of Utah. Grants are competitive and panel-reviewed. Grant applications are due August 3rd, 2018. Grantees will have between September 1, 2018-December 31, 2019 to complete their project.

For more information, please contact:
Racquel Cornali, 801-236-7541 or
rcornali@utah.gov
Rachel Cook, 801-715-6722 or rcook@utah.gov
Alena Franco, 801-245-7233 or afranco@utah.gov.


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Grantees are required to use both the Spike 150 and Department of Heritage & Arts logo on all publicity for their events.
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66th Annual Utah History Conference

Transportation and Movement

September 27 – 29, 2018

It’s possible to read Utah history as a story of movement and transportation. The centrality of movement to exploration, industry, and travel—major themes in Utah history—is obvious. Less so is the way movement can be seen on a more conceptual level as a way to evaluate change over space and time: the variation and transformation of the landscape, the flow of ideas and people into and out of the state, the mobility of groups and individuals, the development of transportation-related infrastructure, and the transportation and communication networks connecting the state to regional and national systems.

The flow of ideas and people is now more global than ever before, rendering traditional boundaries that confined physical movement less operable.

The Utah State Historical Society, thanks to our generous sponsors, offers the conference free to scholars, writers, educators, students, and the general public. Registration is required.

Register to Attend! 

Registration will close on September 24, 2018


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

Thursday, September 27 
9:00 am–5:00 pm
Workshops
Rio Grande Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City

Friday, September 28 
7:45 am – check in and morning refreshments
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Plenary, lunchtime keynote and awards presentation, history and panel sessions
Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley

Keynote
Living the First Transcontinental Life

David Haward Bain

As author of the award-winning, much lauded Empire Express, The Old Iron Road, and other books, David Bain has written “I have always lived within the sound of a train whistle.” In the 14 years he spent researching and writing Express and the five years for Old Iron Road, he had many adventures, whether out on sunbaked routes or in the many libraries and archives he habituated. Even the publishing path was fraught with alarms. Lively anecdotes and vivid “magic lantern slides” abound in this talk about researching in the weeds, appraising the historical personalities and points of view, contending with terrible penmanship, and, as he has said, “writing and structuring history like a novelist—just not making things up!” Bain has taught writing and literature at Middlebury College in Vermont for more than 30 years, and his connection to the August Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference has been unbroken for nearly four decades.

Empire Express is an epic narrative history covering not only the dramatic struggle to link the oceans with twin bands of iron but three decades in which America doubled in size, fought three wars, and discovered itself. A main selection of the Book of the Month Club and a selection of the History Book Club, Empire Express was a finalist both for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in History and the Francis Parkman Prize, and won the New England Historical Association’s and the National Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society’s annual book prizes; the author was elected a Fellow in the Society of American Historians. The work was featured on Brian Lamb’s C-SPAN show, “Booknotes” and adapted by PBS “The American Experience” into a 2-hour documentary. See http://www.davidhbain.com/

Plenary
Is Utah Still the Crossroads of the West?

The panel will examine the notion in all its dimensions—in terms of the state’s geographic position but also cultural and economic influence—and whether the idea of crossroads is still a useful and accurate concept to think about Utah history and the state in the twenty-first century.

Panelist are David Haward Bain, John M. Findlay, Juliette Tennert, and Fred E. Woods; moderated by Jeffrey D. Nichols

Saturday, September 29th
Pony Express in Utah Tour
Transcontinental Railroad Tour



DETAILED CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 27
Workshops

Using Volunteers to Expand Your Reach
Mary Buehler and Jacob Johnson
9:00 am – 3:30 pm (45 min break for lunch – on your own)
Zephyr Conference Room, Rio Grande Depot
300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT

Have you wondered how volunteers support your mission and vision? Join UServeUtah as we discuss why using volunteers is important and review the first steps to organizing a volunteer program. We’ll cover position descriptions, recruitment, retention, and recognition. You’ll walk away with a clear vision about what you can do to leverage the power of volunteers to expand your efforts. We look forward to seeing you there!

Utah Geographic Names: how geographic names in Utah are proposed, managed, and officially reviewed (WORKSHOP IS FULL.  NO FURTHER REGISTRATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED)
Arie Leeflang
9:00 am – 10:30 am
West Lecture Room, Rio Grande Depot

The names associated with natural geographic features often carry significant history, character, and meaning for the nearby communities or local cultural groups. Since 1890 and 1978 respectively, the U.S Board on Geographic Names and the Utah Committee on Geographic Names have been reviewing proposed geographic names in an effort to standardize naming efforts. This workshop will address how geographic names are proposed and reviewed – including the various national policies the state Committee and national Board follow. Resources on researching geographic names will be also covered. Finally, current trends and topics in geographic names, including the recent Grandstaff Canyon proposal, will be reviewed.

Family History Meets History (WORKSHOP IS FULL.  NO FURTHER REGISTRATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED)
Holly George, UHQ, and Beth Taylor, FamilySearch
1:00 pm–3:30 pm
Board Room, Rio Grande Depot
300 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City

The world of family history has much to offer—both tools and stories—to the writers of history. At the same time, historical writing and genealogical work are not always the same thing.

This workshop will address
1) How to use the tools of family history research in historical writing
2) How to craft family stories into articles for journals such as Utah Historical Quarterly

Utah History in 3D: The Use of 21st Century Technologies in Archaeology (WORKSHOP IS FULL.  NO FURTHER REGISTRATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED)
Shawn Lambert
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
West Lecture Room, Rio Grande Depot
300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City

When people think of archaeology, they mainly think of excavations and artifact recovery. There is another facet of archaeology that involves photogrammetry and 3D printing technologies. In this workshop, you will receive an introduction to photogrammetry and 3D printing and their applications in archaeology and public outreach.

Friday, September 28

7:45 am – 9:00 am:  Check in and morning refreshments

9:00 am – 10:15 am: Opening Plenary

History Session 1:  10:30 am – 11:45 am

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm:  Lunchtime Keynote Speech by David Haward Bain, author of “Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad” and Outstanding Achievement Awards Program, by Dina Blaes, Chair, Board of State History

History Session 2:  1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

History Session 3:  3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Detailed Conference Program

Schedule at a Glance

Room 201/202 Room 204 Room 205 Great Hall Suite C/D
9:00-10:15am
Great Hall 1
Plenary Session — Is Utah Still the Crossroads of the West?
Speakers: Jeffrey D. Nichols (moderator), David Haward Bain, John M. Findlay, Juliette Tennert, Fred E. Woods.
The panel will examine the question in all its dimensions—in terms of the state’s geographic position but also cultural and economic influence—and whether the idea of crossroads is still a useful and accurate concept to think about Utah history and the state in the twenty-first century.
10:30-11:45am Photography, Representation, and the Transcontinental Railroad New Approaches to Utah Studies: Lightning Round The Role of Transit in Salt Lake City’s Development Highways and Roadside Culture in 20th-Century Utah Premiere: Journey to Promontory (2018)
Noon-1:30pm
Great Hall 1
Lunch (free for registered attendees)

Keynote – Living the Transcontinental Life
David Haward Bain

As author of the award-winning, much lauded Empire Express, The Old Iron Road, and other books, David Bain has written “I have always lived within the sound of a train whistle.” In the 14 years he spent researching and writing Express and the five years for Old Iron Road, he had many adventures, whether out on sunbaked routes or in the many libraries and archives he habituated. Even the publishing path was fraught with alarms. Lively anecdotes and vivid “magic lantern slides” abound in this talk about researching in the weeds, appraising the historical personalities and points of view, contending with terrible penmanship, and, as he has said, “writing and structuring history like a novelist—just not making things up!” Bain has taught writing and literature at Middlebury College in Vermont for more than 30 years, and his connection to the august Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference has been unbroken for nearly four decades.

2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards Program
Dina Blaes, Chair, Board of State History

1:45-3:00pm Refugee Movement and Boundaries: Displacement, Relocation, and Advocacy

 

Pathfinding: Transportation Solutions Moving Goods and Money Culture and Technology Promontory (2002)
3:15-4:30pm Murder and Justice: Stories of True Crime “All Out for Uncle Sam”: Movement in Northern Utah during WWII A Critical Review of The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington (Signature Books, 2018) Cultural Threads in 19th-Century Utah Film and Storytelling

 

Detailed Conference Program

 

Saturday, September 29th

Pony Express in Utah Tour
Time: 8am to 6pm

Description:  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, the Bureau of Land Management’s Salt Lake field office is offering an auto tour of the Pony Express National Historic Trail on National Trails Day, Saturday, September 29. During the tour, which will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., BLM staff and Utah historians will guide participants across a landscape largely untouched since the trail’s creation in 1860.

The tour will begin at the Home Depot parking lot located at 222 E. 2400 North, Tooele, and return to the Wasatch Front via I-80. Numerous stops will allow participants to visit Pony Express Station ruins and view traces of the trails.

Limitations: Sign-up is limited to the first 15 cars. Backcountry travel will be on a gravel road; a well-maintained vehicle with good tires and a spare is necessary. Participants should be ready for variable weather and terrain, and include plenty of water, good sturdy shoes, a hat (for sun or shine) and other outdoor clothing! For more details contact BLM outdoor recreation planner Ray Kelsey by phone at 801-977-4300 or email at rkelsey@blm.gov.

Transcontinental Railroad Tour
Time: 800am to 600pm

Description: As we quickly approach the 150th Anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 2019, the Bureau of Land Management would like to invite the public to join cultural resource staff and historians on a guided tour of some important locations in western Box Elder County. Tour will stop at the important railroad towns of Kelton and Terrace, along with some important engineering feats such as the Dove Creek Fill and Peplin Cut.

Tour will begin at the Love’s Travel Station at Snowville, Utah (just off I-15) at 800am, and will return to this location at the end of the day (around 6pm).

Limitation: Sign-up is limited to the first 10 cars. Backcountry travel will be on the historic transcontinental railroad grade, so there is a risk of flat tires from railroad spikes. Good off-road tires, medium to high-clearance vehicle and a spare is required. You are responsible for your own lunch and water. Participants should be ready for variable weather and terrain, and include plenty of water, good sturdy shoes, a hat (for sun or shine) and other outdoor clothing! For more details contact BLM archaeologist Michael Sheehan by phone at 801-977-4300 or email at msheehan@blm.gov.


 

Thank you to our generous conference sponsors!

    
                    

     
     

Register to Attend! 

Registration will close on September 24, 2018

For general conference questions, please contact Alycia Rowley at aaldrich@utah.gov or 801-245-7226

Chase Home Museum

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 Utah artists from the state’s American Indian, rural, occupational and ethnic communities. The Museum offers 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.

 


Workshops & Temporary Exhibitions

A gallery on the first floor features both workshops and temporary exhibitions. We host classes, hands-on activities, artist visits, and many more events. Follow our Facebook page for the latest announcements.

View the State of Utah Folk Art Collection through our collections database portal


Location & Hours

The Chase Home Museum is located in the middle of Liberty Park, Salt Lake City, UT. 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. See map below.

The ground level is ADA compliant offering two galleries, as well as a history timeline of the Chase Home. The house is a historic structure which does not offer elevator access to the second story galleries. The second story is accessed via a set of stairs.

Summer Hours 5/28/2018 through 8/25/2018:
Tuesday: 11 AM – 4 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM – 8 PM
Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 4 PM
Sunday & Monday: Closed
Fall / Winter Hours 8/26/2018 through 5/25/2019:
Wednesday – Saturday: 11 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday: Closed

Closed on holidays

Questions?

Call 801.245.7285

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Rio Gallery

The Rio & Alice Galleries were established as a free service to Utah artists and surrounding communities. These venues allow emerging artists, professional artists, and curators to collaborate in the process of exhibition-making as well as engage the community through thoughtful and innovative art-making and dialogue. The Rio Gallery is located in the grand lobby of the historic Rio Grande Depot.

Past Exhibitions

Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm | Open Saturdays from 10 – 2, Nov 11 – Apr 21 for Winter Market
Closed Sunday
300 S Rio Grande Street SLC, UT 84101
Free and open to the public

Exhibition Proposal Guidelines

 


September 10 – October 19, 2018

Gallery Stroll Opening Reception September 21, 2018, 6-9pm 

DesignArts Utah ’18 honors and celebrates some of Utah’s best designers and provides an opportunity for gallery visitors see the talent of Utah’s design community.

The juror for DesignArts Utah ’18 is Christine Gaspar, the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based nonprofit whose mission is to use the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement.

Ms Gaspar, selected design work by AJC Architects, Benjamin Evjen, Benjamin Grove, Camrie Dance, Epicenter, Esther Ly, Jorge Ruegemer, Lucy Allen, McCall Keller and Mayra Payne.

Ms Gaspar awarded the $3,000 juror’s award winner in the professional category to Ben Evjen for his “Allay Series.” The two $500 student juror’s awards were awarded to Camrie Dance for her graphic design re-work for “Tatler Magazine” and “Hype Machine”, and McCall Keller for his graphic design re-brand for “Koda Farms.”

The Design Arts Program of the Utah Division of Arts & Museums sponsors DesignArts Utah annually with an exhibition featuring designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. The Design Arts Program is partnering with Craft Lake City again this year in the promotion and support of Utah design and designers.

We are proud to partner with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Craft Lake City.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Statewide Annual: Craft, Photography, and Video/Digital November 16 – January 11

Utah’s 15 January 18 – March 8

Questions?

Contact the Rio Gallery Manager
Felicia Baca at 801.245.7272

The Rio Gallery is a member of the

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2017 – Veterans Memorials in Utah

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