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66th Annual Utah History Conference Program

Transportation and Movement

Utah State Historical Society

September 28, 2018

Utah Cultural Celebration Center, West Valley City, Utah

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9/28/2018 Utah Cultural Celebration Center
Time Session Titles and Speakers
9:00 – 10:15am
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 (Room 201/202)

Noel Carmack, Utah State University-Eastern, chair

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

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

James Swensen, Brigham Young University: Utah’s Gateway: Echo Canyon and the Changing Nature of the Sublime

New Approaches to Utah Studies: Lightning Round (Room 204)

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, Arizona State University; Carlyle Constantino, University of Phoenix; John Nilsson, University of Utah; Jeff Turner, University of Utah

Comments: Greg Smoak, American West Center; Jessie Embry, Journal of Mormon History; Eric Swedin, Weber State University; Rebecca Andersen, Utah State University

  The Role of Transit in Salt Lake City’s Development (Room 205)

Alan Barnett, Utah State Archives, chair

Susie Petheram, CRSA: Two Rails, Two Transit-Oriented Developments

Laurie Bryant, independent historian: In the Path of Progress

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

  Highways and Roadside Culture in 20th-Century Utah (Great Hall)

Clint Pumphrey, Utah State University, chair

John H. Clark, artist and author: Automotive Firsts in Utah

Lisa-Michele Church, independent historian: Race Cars and Red Rocks: The Early Days of the Arrowhead Highway

Susan S. Rugh, Brigham Young University: The Highway Heyday in Utah’s Motel Towns

Premiere: Journey to Promontory (2018) (Suite C/D)

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.

Journey to Promontory celebrates the 150th anniversary of the joining of the rails in Promontory. The story of the joining of the rails is told through historians, authors, photographers and supported by historic images gathered from many sources.

Journey to Promontory will cover in depth the following chapters; Before the Railroad, Selecting the Route, Hell on Wheels, Building the Railroad (The Chinese & Irish), LDS and the Railroad and Joining of Rails. The end of the film will focus on a chapter, Today’s Railroad and its importance to commerce and industry.

May 10th, 1869 was one of the America’s historic events linking the country together

Noon – 1:30pm Lunch

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

Keynote – Living the First Transcontinental Life

David Haward Bain, author of Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad and Senior Lecturer in American & English Literatures at Middlebury College

1:45 – 3:00pm Refugee Movement and Boundaries: Displacement, Relocation, and Advocacy (Room 201/202)

David Rich Lewis, Utah State University, chair

Randy Williams, Utah State University; Nelda Ault-Dyslin, Utah State University; Chit Moe, Utah State University; Jess Lucero, Utah State University

Pathfinding: Transportation Solutions (Room 204)

Richard Talbot, BYU, chair

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

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

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

Ronald G. Watt, independent historian: Railroads, Roads, and Cars in Castle Valley, Utah

Moving Goods and Money (Room 205)

Will Bagley, independent historian, chair and comment

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

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

Matthew C. Godfrey, LDS Church History Department: 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 (Great Hall)

Chair, Shawn Lambert, Utah Division of State History

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

Berwyn J. Andrus, independent historian: 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, Westminster College: The Transient West: Transportation and Movement as Gleaned from a Close Reading of Robert Smithson’s Earthwork, Spiral Jetty (1970)

Promontory (2002) (Suite C/D)

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, KUED

3:15 – 4:30pm Murder and Justice: Stories of True Crime (Room 201/202)

Lisa Olsen Tait, LDS Church History Library, chair and comment

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

Linda Thatcher, Utah State History: Lester Farnsworth Wire: Inventor of the Traffic Light

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

“All Out for Uncle Sam”: Movement in Northern Utah during WWII (Room 204)

Sarah Singh, Weber State University, moderator

Alyssa Chaffee, Weber State University

Michael Balliff, Weber State University

Lorrie Rands, Weber State University

Anya Kitterman, Hill Air Force Base: The Ties that Bind: Why the Railroad was Key to the Development of the Ogden Arsenal and Hill Field

A Critical Review of The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington (Signature Books, 2018) (Room 205)

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

Jedediah Rogers, UHQ, moderator

Gary James Bergera, Smith-Pettit Foundation

John Sillito, Weber State University

Cristina Rosett, UC-Riverside

Gary Topping, Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City Archives

Cultural Threads in 19th-Century Utah (Great Hall)

Holly George, UHQ, chair and comment

Robin Scott Jensen, LDS Church History Library: The 1869 Textual Culture of Polygamy

Kenneth L. Alford, Brigham Young University: Poetry and Songs of the Utah War

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

Following the session, the Eagle Mountain Family Dance Group will perform authentic dances from the Utah pioneer period through the early transcontinental railroad era.

Film and Storytelling (Suite C/D)

This session will explore the art of storytelling. Storytelling is at the heart of any good film and is the foundation for engaging exhibits, oral histories, tours, and public history programs. Panelists will share practical tips and film-making techniques to bring to life stories from local history.

Dina Blaes, Board of State History, chair

Issac Goeckeritz, Emmy Award winning storyteller with IG Films and Documentary Producer at KUED

Carolyn ‘Winnie’ Wood, SB Dance and former professor of Theater and Performing Arts at Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah.

Excerpts from award-winning films produced by students for Utah History Day

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Our Past, Their Present: Teaching Utah with Primary Sources

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66th Annual Utah History Conference

Call for Papers

Transportation and Movement

History Sessions to be held on September 28, 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 66th Annual Utah History Conference will take a deep dive into the themes of transportation and movement. This theme will include the study and commemoration of America’s first transcontinental railroad completed and joined at Promontory, Utah Territory, on May 10, 1869. We invite the public, scholars, students, policymakers, and organizations to submit proposals for papers, panels, or multimedia presentations on this theme. This is both a call for papers and a call for community recognition of the centrality of transportation and movement to Utah and the western region.

Submissions on other aspects of Utah history will also be considered. We welcome a range of formats, from the traditional panels and sessions to more innovative formats. We encourage full session or panel submissions, though we will make every effort to match single paper proposals with other panels and papers.

Each proposal must include:

  • Each paper proposal, whether individual or in a session, should include a 500-word abstract detailing the presentation, its association if any with the theme, and its topic’s significance. Submissions for entire sessions or panels should include a session title and a 500-word session abstract that outlines the purpose of the session, along with a confirmed chair and/or commentator, if applicable.
  • Brief bio (50-word limit) and accompanying c.v. with address, phone, and email for each participant
  • Audio-visual requirements
  • Your permission, if selected, for media interviews, session audio/visual recordings, and electronic sessions or podcasts during or in advance of the conference. The Historical Society will use these recording in its effort to meet its history-related mission.

We will accept submissions January 1, 2018, to April 13, 2018.

Click here to submit a individual paper proposal

Click here to submit a panel or multiple presenter session proposal

Please direct questions regarding submissions to Dr. George or Dr. Rogers at uhq@utah.gov.

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

2018 Utah State History Conference home page

2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards

Nominations are now being accepted

The Utah Division of State History’s annual awards recognize individuals and groups who have made a significant contribution to history, prehistory or historic preservation in the state of Utah. Whether these efforts on behalf of the past are quiet or prominent, they benefit the state’s citizens in tangible and intangible ways. Utah State History therefore invites nominations of persons or organizations who have given extraordinary service or completed outstanding projects in the field of Utah archaeology, preservation or history, or in support of one of Utah’s heritage organizations. This project or activity may include research, preservation, education, fundraising, community programs, volunteerism, journalism or other activities.

All projects must be completed within the past two years prior to nomination. Organizational nominations should include description of organization, mission, and programs. Documentation must accompany the form and should include a minimum of two letters of support, photos of project, exhibits, or visual arts, or copies of articles, books, videos, or scripts.

Nominations will be accepted until June 15, 2018.

Awards will be presented at the 66th Annual Utah State History Conference, “Transportation and Movement” on September 28, 2018 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center.

Submit an Outstanding Achievement Award nomination

2018 Utah State History Conference home page

Call for Papers

This is both a call for papers and a call for community recognition of the centrality of transportation and movement to Utah and the western region. We invite the public, scholars, students, policymakers, and organizations to submit proposals for papers, panels, or multimedia presentations on this theme.

For additional information, please email lbuckmiller@utah.gov or call (801) 245-7231

Board of State History

 Meeting Agenda
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Rio Grande Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Board Room

TIME:  Noon – working lunch for Board members

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

OCTOBER – DECEMBER STATE HISTORY PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Brad Westwood – Administration (5 min)
1. State Historical Administrators Meeting (American Association for State and Local History)

Roger Roper – Historic Preservation (5 min)
1. New coordinator for the Certified Local Government program, Alena Franco.
2. Prepared and submitted the required annual report to the National Park Service related to our federal funding and the SHPO programs we administer.
3. Hosted the 3-day conference of the International Society for Landscape, Place, and Material Culture

Wendy Rex-Atzet – History Day (5 min)
1. Holocaust Education teacher workshop and Antisemitism brownbag
2. New registration system
3.  K12 curriculum project Our Past, Their Present
4.  History Day on the Hill

Doug Misner – Library and Collections (5 min)
1. Assisted in the take down of the “Utah Drawn” exhibit, which was transferred to Southern Utah University.
2. Participated in an event at the University of Utah celebrating the return of the ship’s bell from the USS Utah.
3. Publishing online information and photographs of artifacts from the collection using our new collection management system. https://heritage.utah.gov/history/artifacts-collection
4.  Conducted 6 tours of the collection spaces for the Lt. Governor, various legislators, students, and private citizen groups. .

Chris Merritt  – Antiquities (5 min)
1. E106 Launch
2. Public Archaeologist Position

Jed Rogers, Holly George – Utah Historical Quarterly (5 min)
1.  Winter UHQ
2. World War I Commission

Kevin Fayles – Communications (5 min)
1. Website stats and social media
2. Cemetery and burials database 

ACTION ITEMS 

  1. Approval of the October 26 2017 Board of State History Retreat Minutes – Dina Blaes
    (Board motion required) (3 min)
  2. Committee reports
    (Board motion required if any action items are requested)
    A) Historic Preservation & Archaeology Committee – David Richardson (5 min)
    National Register of Historic Places Nominations – Chris Merritt, Roger Roper (30 min)
    National Register for Historic Places Nominations Summaries
    a) Paso por Aqui – Año 1776 Inscription (Federal nomination – no vote required)
    b) Coal Bed Village
    c) Ron’s Phillips 66 Service Station
    d) Harold B. and Fern Lee House
    Request For Removal from National Register of Historic Places – Roger Roper (10 min)
    All have been demolished
    e) Planing Mill of Brigham City Mercantile and Manufacturing Association, Brigham City
    f) Clotworth-McMullin House, Heber
    g) Erekson Artillo Dairy Farmhouse, Murray
    B) Major Planning, Gifts & Awards Committee – Brad Westwood (5 min)
    C) Library, Collections & Digitization Committee – Steve Olsen (5 min)
    D) Utah State Historical Society Committee – David Rich Lewis (5 min)
    a) Awards Policy
    – Governor’s Medal in History
    – Achievement Awards

DISCUSSION ITEMS

  1. Recap of Jan. 18th Dept. of Heritage & Arts Joint Board and Staff Retreat  – Steve Olsen (5 min)
  2. Follow-up discussion from the Oct. 26th Board Retreat – Dina Blaes, Brad Westwood ( 45 min)
  3. Fellows and Honorary Life Member Nominations – Jed Rogers (5 min)

OTHER BUSINESS
5.  Historical Markers – Ken Gallacher (5 minutes)

NEXT MEETING:  April 26, 2017, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

ADJOURN

 

 

Archaeology & Preservation Month 2018

Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month celebrates Utah’s rich archaeological and historical resources with a month of lectures and hands-on learning. Statewide events include:

  • Open house at the Natural History Museum of Utah with educational activities for (kids and adults)
  • Hands-on experiences
  • Lectures and paper presentations
  • Tours of archaeological and historical sites

Printable version of the events calendar is available!

Please note: Updates occur regularly, but may take up to 48 hours to appear. Please note: Jumps may land slightly below their marker. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Do you have an event? Please email cmerritt@utah.gov and fill out the Archaeology and Historic Preservation Event Form


Brigham City

  • Third Annual Academy Center Art Show & Sale in the Historic Box Elder Academy of Music and Dancing Building
    Date & Time: Memorial Day Weekend, May 25 and 26
    Location:
    For More Information (contact info): Lanan Donovan (artshow@historicbrigham.org)
    Sponsors/Organizations:
    Historic Downtown Brigham City
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description: The annual Academy Center Art Show & Sale, held on Memorial Day Weekend, is gaining attention as one of the Top of Utah’s finest art venues. It is set in the stunningly restored Academy Conference Center Ballroom, in Historic Downtown Brigham City. This event will showcases over 100 works of art in professional, amateur, and student divisions. Media includes oil/acrylic, watercolor, drawing, and sculpture portraying a wide range of subjects.  www.visitbrighamcity.com/artshow

Golden Spike National Historic Site

  • Transcontinental Celebration (149th Anniversary)
    Date & Time: Thursday, May 10 (9am to 5pm)
    Location: Golden Spike National Historic Site, 32 miles west of Brigham City
    For More Information (contact info): 435-471-2209, ext 29
    Sponsors/Organizations:
    National Park Service
    Admission Cost: Free
    Event Description: Golden Spike National Historic Site will celebrate the 149th anniversary of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad on  May 10th, 2018.  Events marking the May 10th occasion include the recreation of the historic “champagne photo”, a performance by Box Elder High School Band, traditional anniversary program, a re-enactment of the original 1869 ceremony, and locomotive steam demonstrations.

 

CacheCounty

Hyrum

  • Riding Tours of Historic Hyrum
    Date & Time: Saturday, May 12 (11am & 2pm)
    Location: Meet at the Hyrum Museum, 50 West Main Hyrum
    For More Information (contact info): museum@hyrumcity.com or (435) 245-0208
    Sponsors/Organizations:
    Hyrum City Museum and Hyrum Historic Preservation Commission
    Admission Cost:  Free, but sign-up with the museum to guarantee spot
    Event Description: Join us for a riding tour of the historic structures and sites of Hyrum. Enjoy 45 minutes of a guided tour including historic pictures of the places we’ll be viewing along with interesting facts, stories, and maybe a tall tale or two!

Logan

  • A People’s Story of the Land
    Date & Time: May 19, 10am to 4pm
    Location: Stokes Nature Center, 2696 E Hwy 89, Logan, UT 84321
    For More Information (contact info):  Stokes Nature Center, nature@logannature.org, 435-755-3239
    Sponsors/Organizations:
    Stokes Nature Center, USU Museum of Anthropology, NW Band of the Shoshone Tribe
    Admission Cost:  Free
    Event Description: The month of May has been designated as Annual Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month to promote Utah’s historical heritage throughout the state. Here at Stokes Nature Center, we are teaming up with the USU Museum of Anthropology, and the NW Band of the Shoshone tribe to take this opportunity to showcase the diverse history of the native people’s relationship with the land. Please join us on Saturday, May 19th, from 10 AM – 4 PM at Stokes Nature Center to celebrate the Shoshone heritage and story. We will have special exhibits, demonstrations of skill such as basket-weaving, bead-making, using natural dyes, edible and medicinal plant identification, and more! Chairman Darren Parry will be closing the day’s festivities with a presentation about balancing the needs of the Shoshone people with environmental stewardship.

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.

Registration is now closed


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!

    
                    

     
     

Registration is now closed

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

Utah State History Conference Podcast


2017 State History Conference “Local Matters”

Listen to select sessions from the 2017 State History Conference

 

 

 


2016 State History Conference “Rural Utah, Western Issues”

Listen to select sessions from the 2016 State History Conference

 

 

 


2015 State History Conference “Deep Roots: Many Voices

Listen to select sessions from the 2015 State History Conference

USS Utah

The USS Utah During World War I and World War II

On December 7, 2017, the bell was placed on permanent display in the University of Utah’s Naval Science Building.

Background of the USS Utah

President Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of the Navy William H. Moody proposed naming a battleship for the state of Utah on their visit in 1903. The proposal became reality when Congress authorized its construction on May 13, 1908.

Built by the New York Ship Building Company and launched on December 23, 1909, the USS Utah was sponsored by Alice Spry, daughter of Governor William Spry.

Commissioned in August 1911, the USS Utah joined the Atlantic Fleet in 1912 after Captain William S. Benson led this ship through its shakedown cruise.

In 1914 the Utah participated in action at Vera Cruz during the Mexican Revolution. She assisted in the transport of refugees to Tampico, Mexico and sent a landing force to occupy Vera Cruz, Mexico to prevent weapons and ammunition from being delivered to General Huerta.

After the United States entered World War I, the USS Utah was stationed at Bantry Bay, Ireland and served as the flagship for Admiral Thomas S. Rodgers, Commander of Battleship Division 6. Her main responsibility during the war’s final months was to protect supply convoys. She ended her service in Europe by joining the honor escort carrying President Woodrow Wilson to France.

After the London Naval Treaty of 1930, the USS Utah was redesignated as a “miscellaneous auxiliary ship.” She now served as a remote controlled target ship to train anti-aircraft gunners. She effectively filled this role for the Navy from 1931 to 1941.

On December 7, 1941, the USS Utah was moored on the northwest side of Ford Island opposite Battleship Row. In the first minutes of the Pearl Harbor attack, the Utah was struck by at least two torpedoes and began listing heavily to port. The order was given to abandon ship and by 0812 the ship had rolled over and sunk. Six officers and fifty two enlisted men were killed, including Chief Petty Officer Peter Tomich, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions that day.

After the attack, the Utah was partially turned “… inshore to clear the approach to an adjacent pier.” The Navy began to assess the damage to determine if she could be repaired and if salvage operations could begin. On September 5, 1944 she was declared “out of commission, not in service” and was struck from the Navy’s list of ships on November 13, 1944.

How Did the Ship’s Bell from the USS Utah End-Up at the University of Utah?

The ship’s bell from the USS Utah was originally presented by the United States Navy to the Utah State Historical Society in April 1961. Transfer of the bell was arranged through the office of Senator Wallace F. Bennett and was given to the Historical Society on an indefinite loan basis. For almost six years the bell was housed at the Historical Society’s offices in the Kearns Mansion on South Temple.

Discussions began in 1965 to loan the bell to a new Naval History Museum that was to be located in the Naval Science Building on the University of Utah campus. The museum was to be an affiliate of the Utah State Museum of Natural History. In January 1965, the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society passed a resolution supporting the creation of the museum.  Everett L. Cooley, Director of the Utah State Historical Society and Major Gaut, curator of the Naval History Museum, began communicating to arrange the loan of the ship’s bell and other items from the Historical Society’s collection. The bell was to be loaned to the museum with the condition that the Historical Society could ask for its return if in the future a new Utah State History Museum was established. The bell was transferred in February 1966 with the intention of either displaying it inside the Naval Science Building or on an appropriate foundation outside the building.

Pearl Harbor’s Forgotten Hero: The Story of the USS Utah

1961 Press Release from Senator Wallace F. Bennett

1961 Press Release from the Clearfield, Utah Naval Supply Depot

USS Utah The Utah Daily Chronicle Feb. 10, 1966

USS Utah Salt Lake Tribune April 11, 1961

2017 State History Conference Sessions

If you missed our 2017 history conference “Local Matters,” you can listen to selected sessions, the plenary presentation, and the keynote address.

Plenary Session — Peril, Conflict, and Storytelling in Community History

  • David Rich Lewis (moderator), Utah State University emeritus
  • Elizabeth Clement, Department of History, University of Utah
  • Gregory Smoak, American West Center, University of Utah
  • Benjamin Pykles, LDS Church History Department

Keynote I’m Not a Historian, But I Played One on TV
Ken Verdoia: Through a forty-five year career in broadcast journalism, Ken Verdoia chronicled many individuals, episodes, and eras that shaped Utah, the region, and the nation.

Cache Valley Utah Drug Court Oral History Project: A Community-Driven Effort

  • Randy Williams (moderator), Fife Folkfore Archives, Utah State University
  • Jennifer Duncan, Special Collections and Archives, Utah State University
  • Thomas L. Wilmore, Utah First District Court
  • Andrew Dupree, Drug Court Graduate and Community Scholar

The Impact of Independent Film on Local Communities

The panel will discuss the many facets of documentary filmmaking, film exhibition, economics and the impact documentary film has on local communities.

  • Doug Fabrizio or Elaine Clarke (moderator), KUER, RadioWest
  • Patrick Hubley, Program Director, Utah Film Center
  • Virginia Pearce, Director, Utah Film Commission
  • Local Filmmakers: Tyler Measom, Film: Sons of Perdition; Jenny MacKenzie and Jorden Saxton Hackney, Jennie MacKenzie Films, Film: Dying In Vein

Interpreting Controversy: Preserving and Presenting the Story of Joe Hill

A panel highlighting the story of Joe Hill, discussing the value of preserving the original records that help tell the Joe Hill story, and explaining how teachers make use of primary sources to instruct students on controversial and difficult histories.

  • Jeremy Harmon, Salt Lake Tribune
  • Jim Kichas, Utah State Archives
  • Quinn Rollins, Granite School District