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Utah Historical Quarterly Winter 2018

Volume 86, Number 1


The Utah Historical Quarterly has historically seen itself as a state journal that explores Utah history in the regional context of the American West. For all of the focus on Utah history, the UHQ sought to address frameworks and subjects beyond the state’s geopolitical boundaries to those across the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, and greater Intermountain West.

Over the last ninety years, the journal has published articles that have variously looked at Utah history as an entity in itself and others that have placed it within a regional context. Both approaches can lead to fine works of history. But we are committed to the idea that to deeply understand Utah, readers must interact with a host of overlapping subjects and geographical contexts, often offered in combination with history’s allied fields (geography, archeology, cultural studies, and others). With this in mind, the editorial team, with approval of the Advisory Board of Editors, revised our editorial statement to affirm our commitment to a regional, interdisciplinary approach to Utah history. This statement will be published in the inside front cover of each issue.

In the twenty-first century, with the wide availability of information, the fracturing and specialization of subject matter, and, even, the loss of faith in a shared body of knowledge, the UHQ aspires as we have done since 1928 to bring you evidentiary, peer-reviewed history that spans across all regions and pertains to all groups and communities that make Utah home. To continue to make that happen, we are pleased to announce the creation of the Miriam B. Murphy / Thomas G. Alexander Editorial Fellow. In partnership with the History Department at the University of Utah and the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University, this academic-year award is offered to a deserving candidate enrolled in the University of Utah’s history graduate program. This year the Miriam B. Murphy Editorial Fellow is Alexandria Waltz, and we are currently accepting applications for the Thomas G. Alexander Editorial Fellow to work alongside UHQ staff during the 2018–2019 academic year. For more on the fellowship and its namesakes, see pages 69-71.

We are deeply grateful to the History Department at the University of Utah and to the Redd Center at Brigham Young University for their financial assistance and partnership to make the Fellow award possible. Fundraising in the years to come will be needed, and if the pursuit and publishing of exceptional history interests you, I would be delighted to speak to you about financial contributions to this annual editorial appointment. The Fellow award is but one area of close collaboration between the journal and the state’s institutions of higher learning.

Finally, before I introduce this issue’s articles, I invite each of you to take part in our 2018 annual statewide theme and conference, Transportation and Movement. In recognition of the upcoming commemoration of America’s first transcontinental railroad in May 1869, the Utah State Historical Society aims to highlight this singular national historical event and the centrality of transportation and movement in Utah and western history. Archaeology and Preservation Month in May, with its associated partnership events held across Utah, will center on this theme, as will a host of other events and exhibitions sponsored or supported by the Society. The year culminates with the 66th annual Utah History Conference to be held at the Cultural Celebration Center on September 27–28. There, scholars, academics, public historians, local historians, educators, film documentarians, book dealers, and people interested in history will explore the latest scholarship, writing, and sources on this theme and other aspects of Utah history. I thank all of you for your participation at past conferences and, more broadly, for your love of and interest in what we do at the Society. By attending the conference and lectures, reading the UHQ, and perusing online materials, I hope you see the value that the Society brings to the study and public consumption of history in Utah.

The essays in this issue bring attention to topics that will be intimately familiar to some readers. In the nineteenth century, overland pioneers and travelers to Salt Lake City frequently passed through Mountain Dell, located as it was along the emigrants’ road. Today, it is a fly-by place in Parley’s Canyon along the Interstate 80 corridor where golfers and Nordic skiers go for recreation. Our first essay contextualizes the changes that occurred there, from a way station and village community with a school, post office, and other amenities, to Salt Lake City water works that displaced local residents on behalf of watershed protection.

Some readers may remember, and even possibly participated in, the antiwar protests of the Vietnam era. The second essay centers on Stephen Holbrook, a young Utahan inspired by his participation in the Freedom Summer Project in Mississippi, who led antiwar demonstrations in his home state. The work published here examines the cultural and religious factors that contributed to Holbrook’s world view that emphasized cooperation and collaboration over antagonism and violence. The Utah scene and the movement Holbrook orchestrated, with its relatively few violent disturbances, complicate popular perceptions of protests nationwide.

Our final essays reflect on the local histories that surround us all. In this issue, spurred on by local leader and Manila, Utah, resident RaNae Wilde, we offer reflections on a county and its communities that have traditionally received little love in the historical literature about Utah. The place: Daggett County. The occasion: the county’s centennial commemoration. As the smallest county in the state’s geopolitical configuration, Daggett is sparsely populated and geographically isolated, at least from Utah, since it is more associated with and easily accessible from Wyoming’s Green River basin. Our third essays reflects on the oft-ignored themes associated with Daggett, as well as it historical, cultural, and political position in the Intermountain West. Finally, we publish a review essay that evaluates the work and contribution of one of the most ubiquitous publishers of local history, Arcadia Publishing. From works on local communities by local authors, Arcadia fills a niche for histories that are familiar and reflect the nostalgia of a people.

Brad Westwood


Ghosts of Mountain Dell: Transportation and Technological Change in the Wasatch Mountains
By Cullen Battle

Reexamining the Radical: Stephen Holbrook and the Utah Strategy for Protesting the Vietnam War
By Scott Thomas

Daggett Count at 100: New Approaches to a Colorful Past
By Clint Pumphrey


“Make Me an Author”: Arcadia Publishing and the “Images of America” Series—A Critique of Selected Utah Titles
By Noel A. Carmack


John L. Kessell, Whither the Waters: Mapping the Great Basin from Bernardo de Miera to John C. Fremont. Reviewed by Paul Nelson

Samuel M. Otterstrom, From California’s Gold Fields to the Mendocino Coast: A Settlement History Across Time and Place. Reviewed by Christopher Herbert

Shirley Ann Wilson Moore, Sweet Freedom’s Plains: African Americans on the Overland Trails, 1841-1869. Reviewed by W. Paul Reeve

Robert S. McPherson, Fighting in Canyon Country: Native American Conflict, 500 AD to the 1920s. Reviewed by John D. Barton

Thomas W. Simpson, American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism, 1867-1940. Reviewed by Allyson Mower

Mapping the American West

Several of the maps analyzed by Sheri Wysong in “The Mountain Men, the Cartographers, and the Lake” (UHQ, Spring 2018) are available in high resolution online:

Utah History Conference Program

Conference Program “Transportation and Movement”

Please register. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows, but we may not be able to accommodate lunch.

9/28/2018 Utah Cultural Celebration Center
Time Session Titles and Speakers
10:30 – 11:45am Photography, Representation, and the Transcontinental Railroad

Chair and comment, TBA

Daniel Davis: A. J. Russell’s Transcontinental Railroad Photographs in Echo and Weber Canyons

Zane Rand Hirschi-Neckel: Andrew J. Russell’s Photography and the Rise of Transcontinental America

James Swensen: Utah’s Gateway: Echo Canyon and the Changing Nature of the Sublime

Utah Studies Lightning Round

This session serves as an opportunity for students and new scholars to briefly describe their research and gain feedback and insight on the process.

Presenters: Jon England; TBA

Comments: Eric Swedin, Rebecca Andersen, TBA

  The Role of Transit in Salt Lake City’s Development

Chair and comment, TBA

Susie Petheram: Two Rails, Two Transit-Oriented Developments

Laurie Bryant: In the Path of Progress

Brent D. Barnett: Where Have All of the Interesting Churches Gone? The Early 20th-Century Meetinghouses of Salt Lake Valley

Edwin W. Senior: Discovering “West-of-Jordan” Developments, 1868–1941

  Transportation Technology and Tourism

Clint Pumphrey, chair and comment

Ryan K. Lee: “This is the Place … to Visit”: Railroads and the Beginnings of the Utah’s Tourism Industry

John H. Clark: Automotive Firsts in Utah

Susan S. Rugh, Lisa-Michele Church: Highways and Roadside Culture in 20th-Century Utah

Premiere: Journey to Promontory (2018)

This session will be the Utah premiere of a new PBS documentary film, made by longtime history documentarian Richard Luckin, on the building of the transcontinental railroad. Luckin will be in attendance to offer comment.

Noon – 1:30pm Lunch 2017 Outstanding Achievement Awards Program
Dina Blaes, Chair Board of State HistoryKeynote
David Haward Bain
Building the Transcontinental Railroad
1:45 – 3:00pm Refugee Movement and Boundaries: Displacement, Relocation, and Advocacy

Randy Williams, Nelda Ault-Dyslin, Chit Moe, Jess Lucero

Pathfinding: Transportation Solutions

Chair and comment, TBA

Luli Josephson: “The Little Tramway that Could”: An Obscure Mode of Transportation in Early Utah

David M. Wilkins: Swing and Sway the Electric Way: Utah’s Interurban Railways

Rhonda Lauritzen: Way Stations to Airports: One Family’s Mark on Transportation, 1867–1947

Moving Goods and Money

Chair and comment, TBA

R. Devan Jensen: Mail before the Rail: Rise and Demise of the Brigham Young Express and Carrying Company

Eileen Hallet Stone: F. Auerbach & Bros.: The Movement of Goods and Ideas in a Utah Dynasty

Matthew C. Godfrey: The Bishop and the People: Charles W. Nibley, Charles G. Patterson, and the Proper Role of Business and Competition in Progressive Era Utah

  Culture and Technology

Chair and comment, TBA

Berwyn J. Andrus: The Monumental Highway—Bluff to Little Zion and the Arrowhead Trail, 1917: The Saga of Dolph Andrus, Doc Hopkins, and the Maxwell Automobile

Hikmet Sidney Loe: The Transient West: Transportation and Movement as Gleaned from a Close Reading of Robert Smithson’s Earthwork, Spiral Jetty (1970)

Kellen Hatch: Have Drone, Will Travel: Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Digital Preservation of Utah’s Cultural Resources

Promontory (2002)

This session will screen the 2002 KUED public television film on the completion of the transcontinental railroad, with comments from panelists, the director, and others, regarding how this documentary, produced for the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, holds up sixteen years later.

Kelly Nelson (Woosh Productions), Laura Durham and Mary Dickson (KUED), Ken Verdoia (Film Producer)

3:15 – 4:30pm Murder and Justice: Stories of True Crime

Chair and comment, TBA

Kenneth L. Cannon II: Murder in Forest Dale: Issues in the Murder of Jimmy Hay and the Trial of Peter Mortensen

Linda Thatcher: Lester Farnsworth Wire: Inventor of the Traffic Light

Rebecca A. Wiederhold: Pardon for Murder: Jared Dalton, the “Assassin of Old Mother Parker”

“All Out for Uncle Sam”: Movement in Northern Utah during WWII

Anya Kitterman, Sarah Singh, Alyssa Chaffee, Michael Balliff, Lorrie Rands

Book Panel: Leonard Arrington Diaries

This panel is part of a regular series evaluating significant books in Utah history. The editor will be on hand to offer comment.

Gary James Bergera, John Sillito, TBA, Jedediah Rogers (moderator)

Cultural Threads in 19th-Century Utah

Holly George, chair and comment

Robin Scott Jensen: The 1869 Textual Culture of Polygamy

Kenneth L. Alford: Poetry and Songs of the Utah War

Laraine Miner: Mormon Pioneer Dances, Crossing the Plains to Utah, and Colonizing the West

Note that following her presentation, dance scholar Laraine Miner and the Eagle Mountain Family Dance Group and Band will perform authentic ca. 1860s group dancing–dated from the transcontinental railroad era–on the 1st floor plaza.

Youth and Film


Please register. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.  We may not be able to accommodate lunch for walk-ins. 




UHQ Spring 2018 Web Extras

Re-discovering the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition

Jerry D. Spangler and James M. Aton, The Crimson Cowboys: The Remarkable Odyssey of the Claflin-Emerson Expedition

Read how modern archaeologists rediscovered a 1931 expedition and see photos from 1931 and the present.


Researching Turn-of-the-Century Women

Polly Aird, Small but Significant: The School of Nursing at Provo General Hospital, 1904–1924

Follow this link for Aird’s exhaustive research files about the lives of nurses at Provo General Hospital.


Maps, Mapmakers, and Nineteenth-Century Exploration

Sheri Wysong, The Mountain Men, the Cartographers, and the Lakes

See the maps analyzed in Wysong’s article and read her narrative of the life of David H. Burr.

Sarah Vowell discusses the life of the dour Charles Preuss, “The Homesick Explorer.”


The Power of Oral History

Randy Williams, Voices from Drug Court: Community-Based Oral History at Utah State University

 Access audio from 2017 conference session about “Voices from Drug Court” and audio and transcripts from the entire oral history project.

Revisiting the Claflin-Emerson Sites

Lower Hill Creek

The Claflin-Emerson crew excavating in Lower Hill Creek (ET6-26) on July 29, 1931. (Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. PM No. 971-21-10/100162.1.361, File 99380229.)


Long-distance shot of ET6-26 in Lower Hill Creek, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Dan Bauer.)

Gunnison Butte

The Harvard Crew beginning their trek. Gunnison Butte, north of Green River, Utah, is in the background. (Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. PM No. 971-21-10/100162.1.1028, File 99380318.)


Gunnison Butte and Green River, January 27, 2018. (Photo by James M. Aton.)

Fort Rocking Chair

The massive stone tower at Fort Rocking Chair (ET6-13) above the Taylor Ranch, photographed on July 27, 1931. (Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. PM No. 971-21-10/100162.1.27, File 99380244.)


The stone tower at Fort Rocking Chair (ET6-13), seen on April 28, 2017. (Photo by Dan Bauer.)

Rasmussen Cave

A view of Rasmussen Cave in Nine Mile Canyon as the crew pauses from excavating for a photograph. (© President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. PM No. 2005., File 99380230.)


Rasmussen Cave, January 27, 2018. (Photo by James M. Aton.)

Green River Crossing

The expedition preparing to cross the Green River on Hank Stewart’s ferry at Sand Wash, July 30, 1931. (© President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. PM No. 971-21-10/100162.1.24, File 99380238.)


Sand Wash Ferry site, January 27, 2018. (Photo by James M. Aton.)

Range Creek

William Bowers documents a rock art site inside an alcove above the team’s first camp in Range Creek. (Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. PM No. 2004.24.10537, File 120770002.)


Rock art in Range Creek, July 30, 2006. (Photo by Dan Miller.)

Desolation Canyon

The Harvard explorers visited this small tower site (ET5-1) on August 14, 1931. (Courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University. PM No. 971-21-10/100162.1.385, File 99380317.)


Desolation Canyon tower (ET5-1) near Peter’s Point. (Photo by James M. Aton.)


Re-discovering the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition

The stone tower at Fort Rocking Chair (ET6-13), seen on April 28, 2017. (Photo by Dan Bauer.)

By Jerry D. Spangler

I was a bumbling first-year graduate student when I stumbled upon my first Claflin-Emerson Expedition site in the spring of 1989 in Nine Mile Canyon. It was a fascinating site: a series of round, semi-subterranean pit houses on a bench overlooking the valley floor. Below one pit-house floor, we excavated the burial of a child, an arrow point lodged in the chest area.[1] Radiocarbon dates later showed that these were homes of the ancient Fremont peoples, farmers and foragers who thrived in the Tavaputs Plateau region from AD 900 to 1250.

At the time, I did not know that it was one of the many sites the Claflin-Emerson team first visited in 1931 in Nine Mile—no one did—because we did not have access to their 1931 field journals and they never published a report. And James Gunnerson’s 1969 summary of those sites offered only vague clues as to their location. During the course of the next three summers, I inadvertently stepped onto at least ten of their sites, not knowing that Peabody Museum scholars had trod there more than a half century before.

I didn’t think much about the 1931 expedition in the years that followed, although my love for the history of Utah archaeology in general continued to mature. In 2002, I happened to be invited, along with Duncan Metcalfe, archaeology curator at the Natural History Museum of Utah, and Kevin Jones, then the Utah state archaeologist, to visit archaeological sites in Range Creek. We knew that the Claflin-Emerson Expedition had been there in July 1931, and we figured out some of the sites they had visited, in spite of the limited information Gunnerson had offered.

Sitting around the Range Creek campfire at nights, we spun out this idea: What did the Peabody Museum at Harvard actually have in its collection that would help us better understand the archaeology of Range Creek? And would they be willing to share that information with us?

Over the next few years, I made three trips to the Peabody Museum (2005, 2005, and 2007) to work closely with museum staff to identify not just information relevant to Range Creek but to the entire West Tavaputs Plateau. This began a long and fruitful relationship with Patricia Kervick, senior archivist at the Peabody. Pat has been amazingly gracious and patient in providing me—and later my coauthor, Jim Aton—with copies of the five original 1931 field journals, of Donald Scott’s unpublished report summarizing the expedition, and more. I became thoroughly seduced by the words in those journals (long on archaeological data but short on interpersonal details), the sketches and photographs, and the sheer magnitude of what they had accomplished. But I was stunned to discover that Gunnerson’s summary, part of his PhD dissertation at Harvard, had omitted perhaps as much as 30 percent of all sites visited in 1931.[2] I was even more surprised to find the museum had hundreds of 1931 photographs, a good share of them of excellent quality and ideal for research purposes.

What started as a simple attempt to learn more about Range Creek quickly became an obsession: the journals and the photographs were a road map to re-identify every Claflin-Emerson site. I am sure my Range Creek colleagues rolled their eyes a time or two at my giddiness when I discovered yet another 1931 site. Within two years, I had identified, re-documented, and re-photographed all twenty-nine Claflin-Emerson sites in Range Creek.[3] A comparison of the 1931 photographs to current site conditions was part of a groundbreaking research paper on archaeological site degradation, written with my esteemed colleagues, Shannon Arnold and Joel Boomgarden.[4]

My fascination soon led me to search for Claflin-Emerson Expedition sites in Nine Mile and Desolation Canyon. And it was inevitable that my path would cross with Kentucky native James M. Aton, a kindred spirit and a fellow obsessive. Jim is a Fulbright scholar, an English professor at Southern Utah University, and an award-winning author. He wrote the definitive history of the Green River, The River Knows Everything: Desolation Canyon and the Green.[5] And he is just as passionate about the archaeological history of this wild land as I am. We have spent much of the past twelve years together retracing the steps of the Claflin-Emerson Expedition. This has meant numerous river trips in Desolation Canyon to find Claflin-Emerson sites in side canyons such as Chandler, Florence Creek, Jack Creek, and Rock Creek. We’ve made many road trips to Nine Mile Canyon, the Uinta Basin, Hill Creek, Willow Creek, and Dinosaur National Park to relocate sites. On top of all our field work, Jim traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts, in June 2015 to work at the Peabody and the Pusey Library where he scanned close to a thousand pages of documents: receipts, planning charts, correspondence, and students records. We have also found and contacted four descendants of the expedition members or sponsors. All have enthusiastically supported our project and contributed photographs, memories, letters, and journals.

I am an archaeologist and Jim is a historian: a perfect combination of skills to tell the story of one of the most remarkable archaeological expeditions in American history. It is a tale of mostly privileged young men who, at first blush, would seem ill-suited to four hundred miles on horseback into the wildest canyon country imaginable, all in the name of science. The fact that they accomplished it without a scratch speaks to the perceived immortality of young men everywhere, not to mention their skill and planning.

But how to tell this story? Neither of us wanted to write a day-by-day travelogue, nor did we care to burden the reader with endless descriptions of rock art and granaries and the sometimes-spectacular architecture that dots this landscape. Although we necessarily must do some of that, we believe the story is rooted in the people: the scholars, the benefactors, the student participants, the guides and wranglers, the ranching families they met along the way, and those who walked these same lands before and after the Harvard boys’ seven-week sojourn here. This is a story about archaeology, and archaeology is, or at least it should be, a story about people.

The Claflin-Emerson Expedition was actually a four-year project from 1928 to 1931 that explored much of the Colorado Plateau north of the Colorado River. This article and the forthcoming book from which it is drawn focus primarily on the 1931 expedition—the last one and certainly the most ambitious of all. In fact, the 1931 expedition dwarfed those of the previous three years, not only in geographic scope but in logistical difficulty. What they did in the summer of 1931 has not been duplicated since. As contemporary researchers and adventurers, we stand in awe of their accomplishments.


[1]. Patricia Thompson, “Excavations in Nine Mile Canyon from 1892–1990: A Study in Cultural Diversity,” (Master’s Thesis, Brigham Young University, 1993).

[2]. James H. Gunnerson, The Fremont Culture: A Study in Cultural Dynamics on the Northern Anasazi Frontier, Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology 59, no. 2 (1969).

[3]. Jerry D. Spangler, K. Renee Barlow, and Duncan Metcalfe, “A Summary of the 2002–2003 Intuitive Surveys of the Wilcox Acquisition and Surrounding Lands, Range Creek Canyon, Utah,” Utah Museum of Natural History Occasional Papers 2004-1 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 2004).

[4]. Jerry D. Spangler, Shannon Arnold, and Joel Boomgarden, “Chasing Ghosts: A GIS Analysis and Photographic Comparison of Vandalism and Site Degradation in Range Creek Canyon, Utah,” Utah Museum of Natural History Occasional Papers 2006-1 (Salt Lake City: University of Utah, 2006).

[5]. James M. Aton, The River Knows Everything: Desolation Canyon and the Green (Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2009).

Our Past, Their Present: Teaching Utah with Primary Sources

Classroom-ready resources designed to help students learn about Utah’s rich history by working directly with primary sources, while meeting Utah’s Social Studies Core Standards.

  • Download the PDF, then print or project.
  • Background info provided to place historical sources in context.
  • Suggested questions guide students as they interrogate and analyze the sources.
  • Photos, images, maps, documents, letters, etc.

Available Now

  • Engines of Change: Railroads in Utah
  • World War I: Utahns at the Front
  • Japanese Internment at Topaz

Coming Soon

  • Utah Women in World War II

Teaching Resources from our Partners


Questions, comments, and suggestions about these resources are welcome! Send us an email.

Board of State History

Meeting Agenda
Thursday, April 26, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT

TIME:  Noon – working lunch for Board members, hosted by State History

12:15 p.m. – WELCOME – Dina Blaes, Chair

January – March State History Program Accomplishments

Wendy Rex-Atzet – History Day (5 min)
1. Utah History Day on the Hill featured 26 students from Logan, Wellsville, Ogden, Clearfield, Pleasant View, Salt Lake, West Valley, Sandy, Draper, Alpine, Highland, Orem, Price, and Hurricane. Students met with their legislators, shared their history projects with the public, enjoyed a tour of the Capitol, and were recognized in both the House and the Senate for their accomplishments. Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, along with more than 15 lawmakers and other VIPs, spent time with these outstanding students.
2. February kicked-off the History Day regional contests. Nine contests were held in February and March, and nearly 1400 students participated in these contests. The State Competition is Saturday, April 28th.
3. Several K-12 education modules are currently under development.

Roger Roper – Historic Preservation (5 min)
1. Hired a new coordinator, Amber Anderson, for the Tax Credit programs. Amber will be making an extra effort to reach out to assist federal tax credit applicants, especially those with smaller projects and those in rural communities.
2. Completed the restructuring of the existing/”old” historic sites database and cleaned up errors and duplicates so it can be migrated into the new data system, which should be operable in the summer of 2018.
3. Coordinated with the State Library and State Archives to provide technical assistance to the town of Stockton for their historic Town Hall building (former school) that also houses historical records for the community and a potential new library.

Doug Misner – Library and Collections (5 min)
1. Staff conducted 9 tours of the collection spaces in January and February for Governor Herbert, various legislators, and private citizen groups. The tours supported DHA ‘s efforts during the legislative session and helped secure $600,000 to begin working on programming for proposed collection storage facility.
2. Staff provided tours to Chris Jones of Channel 2 News, Erin Alberty of the Salt Lake Tribune, and Carter Williams of The tours brought quite a bit of attention to items in the collection and their precarious storage situation.
3. Staff partnered with State Archives to hold “A Night at the Archives” for researchers participating in the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Staff also partnered with the Division of Multicultural Affairs on a display of items from our collection for the 2018 Youth Leadership Day.

Elizabeth Hora-Cook – Antiquities (5 min)
1. Archaeology & Presentation Month
2. Public Archaeologist Hire
3. Interns (and staff) presented on their work at the Utah Professional Archaeological Council Annual Meeting
4. We continue to gain friends in other state agencies (e.g. 404 presentation at Div of Drinking Water)
5. We’re still helping out our NGO partners like Smith Preserve and URARA, and with the help of our new Public Archaeologist have opened up relationships with other groups

Jed Rogers, Holly George – Utah Historical Quarterly (5 min)
1. Spring 2018 UHQ
·    Claflin-Emerson Expedition, 1931
·    Nursing School at Provo General Hospital, 1904–1924
·    Cartography on the Utah-Nevada Border
·    Commemorating Topaz and Wendover
·    Voices from Drug Court

2. Public History
·    Daggett County centennial commemoration
·    World War I Commission
·    Conference planning: keynote and plenary, publication awards, fellows/life members

Brad Westwood – Communications (5 min)
1. As seen in the monthly reports, we have steady growth in our websites and social media.
2. State History has hosted “Buffalo Bill,” “Ramona,” “Ramrod,” and “Wagon Master” at the Fort Douglas Post Theater. “Brigham Young” (May 17) and “Westward the Women” (June 21) will conclude the “On the Trail of the West” film series. Join us
3. Three brown bags are being held in April, five in May, and more in September and November.


  1. Approval of the January 25 2018 Board of State History Meeting Minutes – Dina Blaes
    (Board motion required) (3 min)
  2. Possible date change for July 26, 2018 Board Meeting – Alycia Rowley (3 min)
    (Board motion required)
  1. Committee reports – David Rich Lewis, David Richardson, Steve Olsen, Brad Westwood (20 min)

    A) Historic Preservation and Antiquities Committee – David Richardson
    National Register of Historic Places Nominations – Cory Jensen and Elizabeth Hora-Cook (25 min)
    (Board motion required)
    Summaries of National Register of Historic Places Nominations
    a) The Rock Art and Archaeology of Moab’s Colorado River System MPS
    b) Historic Ranching Resources of the Robbers Roost/Under the Ledge areas within Canyonlands National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area MPS
    Chaffin Camp Site
    Cowboy Rock Shelter Site
    c) Edward and Irene Hobbs House
    d) George & Ethalinda Morrill House
    e) Ross Hame

Request for approval to move – Cory Jensen (5 min)
(Board motion required)
a) Clarkston Tithing Granary

Request for removal from National Register – Cory Jensen (5 min)
(No Board motion required)
a) Davis-Ercanbrack House, in Orem

B) Major Planning, Gifts & Awards Committee – Brad Westwood (5 min)

C) Library, Collections & Digitization Committee – Steve Olsen (5 min)
a) Collections Development Policy update
(Board motion required)

D) Utah State Historical Society Committee – David Rich Lewis (5 min)
aAwards Policy update
(Board motion required)
b) USHS Fellows & Honorary Life Members nominations and nomination process update
(Board motion required)


  1. UHQ Sponsored Issue – Jed Rogers (10 min)
  2. Legislative briefing – Brad Westwood (10 min)
    a) Human Remain Program Assistant
    b) Historical License Plate
    c) Adjustments to Cemetery and Burials Statute
    d) Planning Documents for Proposed Collections Management Facility
    e) Transcontinental Railroad Funds
  3. Legislative Communications Executive Order – Brad Westwood (5 min)
  4. Trancontinental Railroad 150th anniversary – Brad Westwood (10 min)




Helen Z. Papanikolas Award Best Student Paper on Utah Women’s History

Utah State History sponsors the Helen Z. Papanikolas Award to encourage new scholarly research in the area of Utah women’s history at colleges and universities.  The award is named for Helen Z. Papanikolas (1917-2004), a former member of the Utah State Board of History who was most noted for her research and writing on Utah and ethnic history, but also wrote fiction, as well as women’s history.

Submission Guidelines

  • Papers must address some historical aspect of women’s lives in Utah.
  • The author must be enrolled at a college or university.
  • Papers should not be published.
  • Papers should include original research that includes primary sources. The paper must be footnoted.
  • Papers should not be more than 50 pages long.
  • Papers must be received by May 15, 2018.
  • Please call or E-mail us on May 16, 2018 if you have not heard directly from us that we received your paper.

The winner receives a monetary award as well as being honored at Utah State History’s annual meeting held September 28 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

Submit papers to:
Linda Thatcher
(801) 534-0911

Utah Historical Quarterly Editorial Fellowship






The Utah Historical Quarterly is excited to announce a partnership with the University of Utah History Department and Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University to offer a graduate student fellowship at the Utah Historical Quarterly.

The Fellow will be appointed each academic year, rotating between the Miriam B. Murphy / Thomas G. Alexander Editorial Fellow, named after two individuals who made a substantial contribution to the Utah State Historical Society and the study of Utah history. See here for more biographical information on Murphy and Alexander.

Supported by the UofU History Department and the Redd Center, the editorial fellowship is a competitive award open to University of Utah History Department graduate students who have a demonstrated commitment to historical scholarship and public history. The Fellow will assist the quarterly in its publication, scholarship, and outreach initiatives, and will obtain valuable professional experience.

Miriam B. Murphy Editorial Fellow

Alexandria Waltz is currently serving as our inaugural Miriam B. Murphy Editorial Fellow. Ms. Waltz is a PhD candidate in American history at the University of Utah. Her dissertation focuses on teenage subcultures in Orange County during the 1970s and 1980s. She has been awarded multiple fellowships, including the University of Utah’s Maybelle Burton Graduate Fellowship and the Phi Kappa Phi National Fellowship. She works in marketing for the Ken Garff Automotive Group and teaches U.S. history and Latin American history at Westminster College and Salt Lake Community College.


Thomas G. Alexander Editorial Fellow

The Utah State Historical Society is seeking applicants for the Thomas G. Alexander Editorial Fellow during the 2018–2019 academic year.

The award is open to University of Utah History Department graduate students who have a demonstrated commitment to historical scholarship and public history. The fellow will be appointed for the academic year and will assist the quarterly in its publication, scholarship, and outreach initiatives, and will obtain valuable professional experience.

Each fellowship is a nine-month commitment at 20 hours per week beginning at the start of the academic school year. The Fellow will be expected to work at UHQ’s offices in the Rio Grande Depot, Salt Lake City, though exceptions may be granted. The fellowship comes with a generous stipend and, if the applicant is eligible, tuition assistance.

For consideration applicants will be required to submit a letter of interest, writing sample, and curriculum vitae. Submit applications to the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Utah. Queries about this fellowship can be submitted to Jedediah Rogers at


  • Second-year master’s or doctoral student enrolled in history, focus on American West preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to historical scholarship and public history
  • Strong writing skills and experience or interest in editing
  • Experience or training in scholarly publishing is desired but not necessary
  • Knowledge of Utah history is preferred
  • Able to pass basic syntax and copyediting test (to be administered by UHQ editors)

Job Duties


  • Learn Editorial Manager and teach to editors
  • Tailor letter templates (see WHQ examples) and upload to Editorial Manager
  • Meet weekly with editors:
    • Weekly update sheet on manuscript status (which editor it’s assigned to; status with review, readers, revision, etc.)
    • Weekly update of book reviews (e.g., these are the ten books that are out; what do you want me to do about them?)
  • Keep statistics on article submissions
    • Number of submissions
    • Subject matter

Book Reviews

  • Suggest book reviewers
  • Check acknowledgments for buddies
  • Ask book reviewers
  • Send books out
  • Send reminder emails
  • Edit book reviews
  • Track which books are reviewed in each UHQ issue
  • Ask presses for books if needed

UHQ Production

  • Spot-check footnotes (can go deeper if needed)
  • Format footnotes
  • Write image captions
  • Index

Charles Redd Center Project

  • Special project TBA