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The National Register recognizes places that matter to Americans.

The National Register of Historic Places is the official federal list of properties that are significant in American history, architecture, archaeology, or engineering.

Places may be listed individually, as part of an Historic District, or as part of a multiple property or statewide thematic category.

Utah’s historic properties are frequently added to the National Register of Historic Places. Recent nominations to the National Register that are currently under review include:

To see historic properties in Utah that were recently approved for the National Register, click here.

To search all historic properties in Utah, click here.


Utah Designed: History, Landscape, and the Urban Built Environment

A Symposium  

Save the Date:
Friday, May 13, 2016, 9–4 p.m.
Salt Lake City Public Library
Nancy Tessman Auditorium
210 East 400 South

We invite practitioners of history, historic preservation, urban planning, land and water management, and other related fields to join us for a free symposium about the Greater Salt Lake landscape and built environment.

This one day, interdisciplinary event aims to examine the historical dimensions, design elements, power relationships, and legal and bureaucratic scaffolding that have shaped Utah’s capital city and urban corridor.

We will consider the role of ideas, laws, bureaucracies, and intellectual designs on urban design and transportation; the impact of architecture and design on political, cultural, racial, and other power structures; the design, alteration, management, destruction, regulation, and sustainability of a valued natural resource on the landscape; and the challenges and promises of re-imagining and recreating a place where we live, work, and play.

Keynote Address: to be announced


Transportation and Urban Design: A discussion of the factors—such as laws, technology, population growth, economic pressures, and underlying assumptions—that have affected the development of Utah’s contemporary and historic transportation systems.

Architecture and Power: A discussion of the power dynamics reflected in historic and modern architecture. The panel will juxtapose the Salt Lake Temple and the City Hall Building, the LDS Conference Center and the Salt Lake City Library, City Creek and the Gateway—buildings and campuses that visually and geographically reflect religious and secular forces at play in Utah’s capital city.

Water and the Unsustainable Landscape: An exploration of the role of a dwindling natural resource on the built environment. From the lofty Wasatch Mountains to the Great Salt Lake, water has shaped and dictated human interaction on the eastern edge of the Great Basin, contributing to large-scale and, in some cases, unsustainable manipulation of the landscape.

This symposium, presented by the Utah State Historical Society and Utah Historical Quarterly, is free and open to the public but registration is requested. There is a cost for parking in the library parking garage.

The program acknowledges the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service and the dedication of Utah’s State Capital building, and the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

RSVP here

For additional information, contact the editors of Utah Historical Quarterly: Jedediah Rogers ( or Holly George (



Board of State History Meeting Agenda

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Rio Grande Depot, Board Room, 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

November – January State History program accomplishments – Brad Westwood (15 min)


  1. Approval of the October 29 2015 Board of State History Retreat Minutes – Dina Blaes
    (Board motion required) (3 min)
  2. National Register of Historic Places Training – Cory Jensen (10 min)
  3. National Approval of National Register of Historic Places Nominations – Cory Jensen (25 min)
    (Board motion required)
    Summaries of National Register for Historic Places Nominations
    Hotel Albert (Request for Removal from National Register)
    Smoot Dairy Farmhouse – revised
    Hovenweep National Monument (Non-voting review of the nomination)
    Warehouse District (Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation)
    Roberta Sugden House
  4. Training and Education Policy – Lori Hunsaker (10 min)
    (Board motion required)
  5. Data Access Policy – Chris Merritt (10 min)
    (Board motion required)
  6. Administrative Rules due for Five Year Review with Dept. of Administrative Rules – Alycia Aldrich
    (Board motion required) (10 min)
    a)   R455-6, State Register for Historic Resources and Archaeological Sites
    b)   R455-9, Board of State History as the Cultural Sites Review Committee Review Board


  1. Budget briefing from the Department of Heritage and Arts (15 min)
  2. State History fundraising – Brad Westwood, Kevin Fayles (10 min)
  3. Proposed Center for History, Heritage and Arts (CHHA) update – Brad Westwood (10 min)
  4. Relationship between Committees, Board and Chairpersons – Brad Westwood (10 min)
  5. Fellows and Honorary Life Members process and recommendations for 2016 – Jed Rogers (5 min)


  1. Communication – Kevin Fayles (5 min)
  2. 2016 outreach and events to include Board members – Kevin Fayles (5 min)

Annual Disclosure Forms (2 min)

NEXT MEETING:  April 21, 2016, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm


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Cemetery General Information

The Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database is recognized by Family Tree Best State Website Logo 2015-webMagazine as one of the Best State Websites for family history research.

General Information

  • We give small grants to cemeteries to help them digitize sexton records.
  • Private groups and individuals sometimes offer to survey a cemetery. If you would like to do this, please see our tips for cemetery volunteers.
  • We do not offer copies of files submitted by the cemeteries. For official records please contact the individual cemeteries.

For cemeteries wishing to submit data, please refer to our submission guidelines, and contact Amy Barry 801-245-7247 for more information.

State History – Internship

YMCA_Gym_GroupInternship Opportunities

The Utah Division of State History (UDSH) and the Utah State Historical Society (USHS) offer internship opportunities for select university or college students. Hours for interns are dictated by the sponsoring institution, but the schedule of those hours can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.  Applicants are encouraged to be at least in their third year of undergraduate work. Recent college or university graduates or master’s students are also encouraged to apply. Interns are not paid but may receive college credit.

To apply for an internship at the UDSH, work through the sponsoring institution.

Candidates must submit their information by December 1st for the winter term (January to April), by April 1st for the summer term (May to August), and August 1st for the fall term (September to December).

For more information or to answer questions, please contact Kevin Fayles at 801.245.7254 or


Commitment and Reliability

UDSH/USHS internships can substantially benefit from a professional internship experience; State History depends greatly on interns to enhance the programs of the UDSH. Once you have accepted an internship, you become an integral part of State History. It is important that you commit to the internship.

Essential Functions

  • Work closely with and assist UDSH staff and other interns.
  • Plan and implement assignments or projects.
  • Regularly recording and reporting of your activities.
  • Interact with staff, interns and the public in a courteous, prompt ad professional manner.


  • Commitment to the many fields and professions in and around history, archaeology, historic preservation, library and archives.
  • Flexibility to make changes and support the programs as needed.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Commitment to the state schedule.
  • Maintain a professional appearance and attitude.

Brief Descriptions of Internships

Archaeology Section: Interns for this program are generally limited to those students interesting in pursuing a career path in archaeology or anthropology. Past intern projects included summarizing the known archaeological information for select counties into a publishable paper, pulling together and summarizing thematically linked archaeological information (such as Uranium mining in Grand County or prehistoric use of the Great Salt Lake islands), assisting with archaeological National Register nominations, records management, and a host of other topics.


Interns for this program will provide support to State History’s administrative staff in a wide variety of tasks and special projects. Examples include assisting with meetings and special events, including the annual history conference. Interns will also assist in gathering historical information and photographs to enhance communicating State History’s programs.

Cemeteries & Burials

Interns for this program will help gather data from cemeteries through approved sources.

Historic Preservation

Interns for this program will help develop resources related to researching, surveying, designating and treating historic buildings and structures.

Library & Collections

Interns in this program will assist  staff in using resources to answer customer questions, refilling collection materials, update records, assist with collection processing, and preparing materials for public access.

Utah Historical Quarterly

Interns will assist with fact-checking and researching historiography for articles, drafting book notices, developing online resources, pursuing marketing and partnership efforts for the UHQ, and assisting with special events.

Utah History Day

Interns will assist with preparing materials and problem-solving for regional and state student competitions as well as the state competition.

State History – Annual Themes

Bingham_Canyon_Utah2016 – Rural Utah and Western Issues (1896 to 2016 anniversary)

2017 Utah Pioneers and the Value of Local Museums

2018 Utah’s Archaeological Past

2019 Transportation and the Utah Landscape (We will celebrate the 150th anniversaries of both the transcontinental railroad and John Wesley Powell’s exploration of the Colorado River.)

2020 Water and the Utah Environment