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 (Room 201/202)
Noel Carmack, USU-Eastern, chair
Daniel Davis, USU: A. J. Russell’s Transcontinental Railroad Photographs in Echo and Weber Canyons
Zane Rand Hirschi-Neckel, UofU: Andrew J. Russell’s Photography and the Rise of Transcontinental America
James Swensen, BYU: 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; TBA
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
Edwin W. Senior, independent historian: Discovering “West-of-Jordan” Developments, 1868–1941
|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, BYU: 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.
|Noon – 1:30pm||Lunch
2018 Outstanding Achievement Awards Program
Keynote: David Haward Bain: Building the Transcontinental Railroad
|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 researcher: “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, 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
R. Devan Jensen, BYU: Mail before the Rail: Rise and Demise of the Brigham Young Express and Carrying Company
Eileen Hallet Stone, writer: 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)
Ryan K. Lee, BYU: “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, BYU: 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; 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.
Gary James Bergera, Smith-Pettit Foundation; John Sillito, Weber State University; Cristina Rosett, UC-Riverside; Gary Topping, Catholic Diocese; Jedediah Rogers, UHQ (moderator)
|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, BYU: 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
Please register. Walk-ins will be accepted as space allows. We may not be able to accommodate lunch for walk-ins.