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World War II Honor List

The End of World War II in Images

Taken on August 14, 1945, the following images taken in downtown Salt Lake City are from the Salt Lake Tribune Collection housed at the Utah State Historical Society. Gathered by Ron Fox, these photos capture the emotion felt as Japan surrendered.

Click here for Utah’s World War II “Honor List of Dead and Missing,” which was published by the War Department in June 1946. This report also lists each Utahn casualty by name, according to their county of residence.


National Register Nominations | September 2014

In October 2014, the Board of State History, for the Utah Division of State History, will review five (5) nominations to the National Register. These nominations are:

John & Margaret Price House in Salt Lake City

Murray City Diesel Power Plant in Murray

Rawsel & Jane Bradford House in Murray

James & Mary Jane Miller House in Murray

John & Sarah Jane Wayman House in Centerville

The Board of State History meets on October 17, 2014. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site. Please note: agenda for October 2014 may be delayed due to the production of the sixty-second annual Utah State History conference.

Utah’s Latest Additions to the National Register

Check out the latest historic properties in Utah listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Hovenweep National Monument, San Juan County; Reddick Hotel–Ophir LDS Meetinghouse, Ophir; Warehouse Historic District (Boundary Increase), Salt Lake City; Roberta Sugden House, Salt Lake City; Smoot Dairy Farmhouse, Centerville.

Fitzgerald House
Draper, Salt Lake County

fitzgerald-house_001Statement of Significance:The Fitzgerald House, constructed in 1898, is a 1½-story brick Victorian Eclectic residence on Fort Street in Draper, Utah. The house is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Agriculture for its association with the rise of sheep ranching families in Draper at the turn of the twentieth century. The period of significance spans the productive lives of sheep ranchers, Aurelius W. and Nellie Brown Fitzgerald, and their son, Aurelius B. Fitzgerald, from 1898 to 1960. The prosperity of Draper ranchers during this period is represented by four Victorian-era mansions along Fort Street. Built around the same time as the mansions, the Fitzgerald House is more modest in scale, but features Victorian Eclectic ornamentation similar to its larger neighbors. Both Aurelius W. and Aurelius B. married late in life and the home represents the unpretentious aspirations of Draper’s bachelor ranchers and farmers. Aurelius W. Fitzgerald maintained a large herd during the height of the sheep and wool industry in Draper. His son, Aurelius B. Fitzgerald, who operated a small dairy farm, was part of a transition in the community from large livestock holdings to specialized agriculture and cottage industries after the Great Depression. The house is eligible under the Multiple Property Submission, Historic and Architectural Resources of Draper, Utah, 1849–1954. The associated historic contexts are “Railroads, Mercantilism, and Farming and Ranching Period, 1877-1917” and “Twentieth-Century Community Development and Poultry Industry Period, 1918-1954.” The Fitzgerald House has excellent historic integrity and is a contributing esource along Fort Street in Draper.

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Hovenweep National Monument
San Juan County

hovenweep-photoStatement of Significance:
The Hovenweep National Monument Archeological District is eligible for
nomination at the national level of significance under Criteria A, C and D in the areas of
Exploration/Settlement, Religion, Architecture, Prehistoric Archeology, Historic Aboriginal Archeology, and Historic Non-Aboriginal Archeology. The District also is nominated by implementing Criteria Consideration A: Religious Properties since many of the prehistoric structures were religious-use resources that hold significant historic and architectural affiliation. Regional contexts contain information that supports this nomination, specifically those prepared by the Colorado Council of Professional
Archeologists: Colorado Prehistory: A Context for the Southern Colorado River Basin (Lipe, Varien, and Wilshusen 1999), and Colorado History: A Context for Historical Archaeology (Church et al. 2007). Another document that was useful in preparing this nomination is the historical overview of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument (Horn 2004).

The historic resources in Colorado meet the registration requirements outlined in the Great Pueblo Period of the McElmo Drainage Unit, A.D. 1075-1300 National Register of Historic Places MPDF.

The first period of significance for Hovenweep spans from the Archaic through ancestral Puebloan Pueblo III period (roughly 6,000 B.C. to A.D. 1290). This period of significance represents the on-going and persistent human adaptation to slightly changing climatic conditions on Cajon Mesa and within the McElmo Drainage Unit. Evidence has been found at Hovenweep that people have used or occupied the land multiple times during this period of significance in a variety of ways, utilizing mobile hunting and gathering strategies at times, and employing a horticultural and agricultural strategy at other times.

The second period of significance is A.D. 1874, when photographer W.H. Jackson first publicly used the term Hovenweep (a Ute word), to 1962, when the current boundary of Hovenweep was established, thus ending a period of time when multiple ethnic groups used the land to raise livestock. The period that spans 1290 to 1874 A.D. is not being considered as part of the Period of Significance because use of Hovenweep during this period of time cannot be adequately supported. Aboriginal Ute and Navajo were establishing habitation and grazing grounds in the Hovenweep area prior to and during this second period of significance. This lifeway and struggle for boundaries was further complicated by the arrival of Euro-American ranchers and settlers. Hovenweep contains multiple sites that include features (e.g. burnt hogans, sweat lodges,
ephemeral brush structures, and brush corrals), artifacts (historic tin and glass items), and inscriptions suggesting use of the area by herders representative of all of these ethnic groups. As Wilshusen and Towner state (1999:353-369), the post-Puebloan occupation period represents a time of cultural groups expanding into an “empty” landscape, with resultant competition and political and social change. Ultimately, the land was withdrawn from grazing by all of these cultural groups and was set aside as a protected archeological resource. Historic inscriptions found at the site, and as stated above the public use of the term “Hovenweep” by 1874 A.D., was the basis for setting
the beginning of the second period of significance at 1874 A.D. Hovenweep National Monument was established in 1923, and the period from 1923 through 1962 represents a period of time when grazing of the land was gradually phased out and the land was managed under the principles established by the NPS 1916 Organic Act. Hence, the second period of significance concludes at the year 1962 A.D.

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Reddick Hotel–Ophir LDS Meetinghouse
Ophir, Tooele County


Statement of Significance:
The Reddick Hotel/Ophir LDS Meetinghouse, built in 1903-1904, is locally significant under Criterion A for its association with the development of Ophir, Utah in the first half of the twentieth century.  Under Criterion A in the areas of Commerce, Religion, and Entertainment/Recreation, the building served the community in two capacities: as a hotel/boarding house until 1924, and as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (LDS Church) meetinghouse and social center between 1924 and 1959.  The period of historic significance is 1903 to 1959, beginning with the construction of the building and ending when the Ophir Branch of the LDS Church was dissolved in 1959.  The property meets Criteria Consideration A as a religious-use building formerly owned by the LDS Church, but which derives its significance primarily from its original use as a hotel and its importance use as a meeting hall for the town’s residents during the boom town’s decline.

Within the area of Commerce, the Reddick Hotel is particularly notable as one of the few extant commercial buildings that represent the town’s efforts to transform from a boom-&-bust mining camp to a more stable community.  It is the only frame commercial building, other than the Ophir Town Hall, that retains its historic integrity.  The building was originally built as a hotel following the peak of mining activity in the canyon.  In 1916, the hotel became the site of one of Ophir’s most tragic events, the murder of Mary Reddick by her husband, and his subsequent suicide.  Although the interior retains more integrity from the meetinghouse period, local residents still refer to the building as the Reddick Hotel based on the exterior integrity and its strong association with the murder/suicide.

Unlike many of Utah’s mining towns of the early 1870s, particularly those in narrow canyons, Ophir was never completely abandoned.  The Reddick Hotel remained a boarding house through the early 1920s.  It was obtained by the LDS Church in 1924 and converted to a meetinghouse.  The property is significant in the areas of Religion and Entertainment/Recreation as the only dedicated building used as a church meetinghouse for any congregation.  It also provided a place for civic meetings and social/recreational events for the geographically isolated community.  The Ophir Branch of the LDS Church was formed in 1921 and dissolved in 1959 when the population of Ophir declined dramatically.  In 1970, it became a shop building owned by former Mayor Howard Hawkins and remains in the Hawkins family today.  The Reddick Hotel/Ophir LDS Meetinghouse is a contributing historic resource in the community of Ophir, Utah.

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Warehouse District (Boundary Increase)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County

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Statement of Significance: 
The original Warehouse District was listed on the National Register in 1982 and included 16 buildings with a somewhat undefined period of significance from approximately 1890 to 1927. The original district boundary encompasses a roughly 1-block area straddling 200 South between 300 West and 400 West in Salt Lake City.  The original Warehouse District was described as being significant as “a well-preserved cluster of warehouse buildings that convey a sense of the impact of the coming of the railroad in Salt Lake City.” This statement effectively indicates the district was considered eligible for listing under Criteria A and C.  The additional information provided here for the boundary increase more clearly defines the areas of significance applicable to both the existing district and the additional properties within the expanded boundary. It also expands the period of significance for the expanded district from the original ca. 1890 to 1927 to 1869 to 1966.

The Warehouse District Boundary Increase is also significant under Criteria A and C. As noted, the period of significance for the expanded district is extended from the relatively narrow period represented by the original district and begins in 1869 with the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, which greatly influenced the development of the area, and ends in 1966, the current end of the historical period (i.e., 50 years ago). Under Criterion A, the district has local significance in the areas of Social History, Commerce, Industry, and Transportation for the direct association of the district with the railroad industry and the commercial and residential development it spurred along the west side of Salt Lake City.  With the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad came an immediate proliferation of other mainlines and spur lines to connect the communities and industrial centers of the West to the rest of the nation. Two of these mainline systems—the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (D&RGW) and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR)—extended through what was, at the time, the western fringe of Salt Lake City. Shortly after, the D&RGW established regional maintenance shops and a rail yard for their Utah subdivision in the west Salt Lake City area, in the heart of the Warehouse District Boundary Increase. The UPRR also established a rail yard just beyond the northern edge of the district. The railroad mainlines are included in the district as contributing archaeological resources. The presence of the shops and yards drew many immigrants to the area in search of work. A large number of these immigrants had countries of origin that were quite different from the predominant northern European ancestry of Salt Lake City’s earliest settlers. The ethnic minority immigrants settled on the west side of the city, near the rail yard and maintenance shops in which they labored. The neighborhood became one of the largest and most diverse ethnic enclaves in the city. A web of railroad spur lines appeared in the area as commercial interests took advantage of the proximity of the mainline railroads to establish manufacturing and distribution (warehouse) sites with easy and immediate rail access to both regional and national markets. Although the manner of transporting industrial goods and freight shifted in the years after World War II and the rise of long-haul trucking, manufacturing and distribution remained a major land use in the district. Railroading also retains its influence on the development and use of the area with a commuter rail hub and rail yards still present within the district.

The district is also significant at the local level under Criterion C for its architectural integrity and its reflection of the four major periods of development influenced by the railroad industry and its role in the economy of the area. The building stock of the area represents both high-style and vernacular architectural trends in Utah and stands as a testament to the economic differences of the commercial interests that could invest in architect-designed buildings and the laborers who could not. It also reflects the largely utilitarian nature of the freight and distribution industry, where investments in ornate architecture yielded to functional efficiency. As a collective body of architectural resources, the buildings of the district illustrate the shifting focus of the area from an initially balanced distribution of both residential and commercial/industrial properties to one of predominantly commercial/industrial uses. Small, isolated pockets of historical dwellings are scattered throughout the central and northern portions of the district, while the southern portion of the district is the only area to have retained its historical dwellings in any large concentration. Additionally, the relatively large number of historical warehouse buildings compared to other areas of Salt Lake City lends a unique composition to the architectural make-up of the district and lend the district its name.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Salt Lake County_Warehouse District Expansion Final

Roberta Sugden House
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County County

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Statement of Significance: 
The Roberta Sugden House, constructed in 1955, is a one-story International Style modern residence located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The building has statewide significance under Criterion C in the area of Architecture for its unique and distinctive design and association with prominent Salt Lake City architect John W. Sugden III. The property also contains a John Sugden designed studio/apartment built in 1964 and occupied by John Sugden between 1964 and 1969. The period of significance dates from construction in 1955 through 1969, when Roberta Sugden sold the house and John Sugden moved from the studio. The Roberta Sugden House is an excellent and rare example of a mid-century International Style residential design in Utah. The Sugden House has the horizontality, minimal and visible structural components, glazed curtain walls and modern interior elements that closely reflect the influence of the International Style of architecture and found in architect Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949) and Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (1951).

John Sugden designed eighteen residences during his architectural career. He designed only two residences which so strongly reflect the Miesian ideal of simplified forms and transparent boundaries: the Sugden House and the Dev Jennings House. The Sugden House is one of his earliest and is the best known example of residential modernist expression of structure and space. John Sugden was one of only a few Salt Lake City architects who designed International Style-influenced buildings. He was one of three Salt Lake architects who practiced modern International Style residential architecture, and was the architect whose residences most closely reflected Miesian-influenced International Style residential design.

Architect John Sugden III was born in 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. John grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, served in World War II, attended architecture school and worked for prominent architect Mies van der Rohe and city and regional planner Ludwig Hilberseimer. John graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950 and 1952 respectively.  In 1952, John Sugden returned to Salt Lake City and began practicing and later teaching architecture. John Sugden’s residential and commercial architecture was almost exclusively based on the International Modern Style and the architecture of Mies van der Rohe.  John Sugden has been identified as one of the founding “Salt Lake Seven” modern architects by Salt Lake Modern and the Utah Heritage

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UT_Salt Lake County_Roberta Sugden House

Smoot Dairy Farmhouse
Centerville, Davis County


Statement of Significance: 
The Smoot Dairy Farmhouse, constructed in 1936, is a 1½-story Tudor Revival-style brick cottage.  The farmhouse is locally significant under Criterion A in the area of Agriculture as the only surviving building associated with the Smoot Dairy.  Although the period of historic significance begins in 1936, when the house was constructed, the history of the property begins in 1935, when the Smoot family obtained the land and transferred a herd of dairy cows to Centerville.  Until a devastating fire in 1963, the Smoot Dairy was one of the largest privately owned dairy farms in Utah.  The farmhouse, which also served as an office, was one of only two buildings to survive the fire.  Within a year of the fire, with aid from their Centerville neighbors, the Smoot family built the most modern dairy operation in the state.  The period of significance ends in 1964 with the phoenix-like rise of the Smoot Dairy.  During the historic period, the Smoot Dairy sold milk on site and made deliveries to an estimated 2,000 households in Centerville and the surrounding communities.  The Smoot Dairy provided dairy products to numerous restaurants and hotels in the larger cities of the Wasatch Front, and was the regional dairy provider for United Airlines for thirty-two years.  In addition, Edgar Smoot raised prize-winning pure-bred Jersey stock on loan to breeders throughout the western United States.  The farmhouse is the only extant historic resource representing the Smoot family’s important contributions to the Centerville community.

The Smoot Dairy Farmhouse is also locally significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture as a rare example of an English Tudor Revival-style period cottage with a dual purpose of residence and office associated with the Smoot Dairy.  The property meets the registration requirements of the Multiple Property Submission, Historic Resources of Centerville, Davis County, Utah, under the associated historic context “City Development, 1911-1940s.”  The Smoot Dairy Farmhouse represents a small number of English-style period cottages built in Centerville during the style’s height of popularity for rural farmhouses in the mid-1930s.  The Smoot Farmhouse has many of the character defining features of a Tudor Revival-style cottage: asymmetrical façade, steeply pitched roof, casement windows, and polychromatic brick.  However, the property primarily derives its architectural significance in its design as the public face of the Smoot Dairy property, with a wide façade along the main transportation route and a unique walkout basement that connected the house-office to the working dairy.  The Smoot Dairy Farmhouse has good historic integrity and is a contributing resource in its north Centerville neighborhood.

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UT_Davis County_Smoot Dairy Farmhouse


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

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National Register Nominations | January 2017

On January 19, 2017, the State Historic Preservation Review Board, for the Utah Division of State History, will review two nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. These are:

ut_grand-county_ballard-sego-coal-mine-hd, Ballard-Sego Coal Mine Historic District
Thompson vicinity, Grand County
ut_cache-co_-river-heights-sinclair-service-station, River Heights Sinclair Station
River Heights, Cache County

The State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 1:00 pm, in the Board Room of the historic Rio Grande Depot building, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, to review the NRHP nominations. These meetings are public. To view or print the meeting agenda, please visit the Board of State History on this web site.

Call for Entries Open for “DesignArts Utah ’14” – 19 May 2014

Utah Arts & Museums announces the call for entries for “DesignArts Utah ’14,” a juried exhibition highlighting the work of professional and student designers in any design field who currently live in Utah. Ellen Lupton, senior curator of contemporary design at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum in New York, is this year’s juror. All entries must be submitted by June 27, 2014.

This exhibition of selected designs opens Friday, August 29 and runs through Friday, October 17, 2014, culminating with a closing reception in conjunction with Salt Lake Design Week and Salt Lake Gallery Stroll. The exhibition will be inside the Rio Grande Depot in the Rio Gallery, located at 300 South Rio Grande (455 West) in Salt Lake City. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 recognition and thank-you award for the achievement and contribution to Utah.

Juror Ellen Lupton is senior curator of contemporary design at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. Recent museum projects include “Graphic Design — Now in Production,” an exhibition on national tour through 2014, co-organized by Cooper-Hewitt and the Walker Art Center. Lupton also serves as director of the graphic design MFA program at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where she has authored numerous books on design processes, including Thinking with Type, Graphic Design Thinking, and Graphic Design: The New Basics.

DesignArts annual exhibitions feature selections of designs, prototypes, and produced samples by designers in Utah’s various design fields. Designers may submit produced work or conceptual, pre-production documentation. All Utah designers are invited to participate, including those in the fields of architecture (landscape or structural and community planning and design — urban and rural), as well as those in brand/packaging, display, fashion, furniture, graphic, industrial, interior, lighting, theatre or film set, transportation, web design or other design fields. Entries may be submitted online or via CD/DVD to the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Design Arts Program, 300 S. Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 by 5:00 p.m. on June 27, 2014.

Further information, including entry forms and instructions, is available online at If you have questions, contact Jim Glenn at or 801.245.7271.

Utah State History Announces Grants to Certified Local Governments

For immediate release

April 30, 2014

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts

For Technical Information:  Alycia Aldrich, 801.245-7226


Utah State History Announces Grants to Certified Local Governments


Salt Lake City – Utah State History has awarded over $147,000 in matching grants to 14 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) for the 2014-2015 grant year. CLG grants assist local governments in documenting and preserving historic buildings and archaeological sites.  The grants, which consist of federal and state funds, require a 50/50 match of local funds or donated services.  For more information on the Certified Local Government program, visit

Centerville – $9,950 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Thomas and Sara Whitaker house, to conduct a selective reconnaissance level survey, prepare a National Register nomination, to attend the Utah Preservation Conference, and to publish a walking tour booklet of historic Centerville City homes.

Draper – $10,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Joseph & Celestia Smith House or another National Register-listed home, attend a preservation conference, and to publish a historic walking tour brochure.

Emery County – $6,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed San Rafael Bridge.

Heber – $10,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Heber City Amusement Hall.

Hurricane – $6,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Bradshaw House/Hotel.

Leeds – $10,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Leeds CCC Camp Historic District and the National Register-listed Wells Fargo and Company Express Building.

Manti – $7,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Manti City Hall.

Rockville – $2,500 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Russell Home in the Grafton Historic District, and to publish walking tour brochures.

Salt Lake City – $24,948 to hire a professional consultant to complete a standard reconnaissance level survey of the University Neighborhood Historic District, to host an onsite training seminar related to historic preservation, and to send members of the historic preservation commission to a national, regional, or local conference related to historic preservation.

Salt Lake County – $16,000 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Henry J. Wheeler Farm, and to hire a professional consultant to prepare a multiple property National Register nomination for buildings within the Millcreek Township area.

Sandy – $10,000 to hire a licensed architect with previous experience in historic preservation to plan the preservation work for restoration of the National Register-listed Crescent Elementary School, and to publish walking tour booklets and brochures.

South Jordan – $7,500 to hire a professional financial consultant to complete a Market Demand Analysis and a Pro Forma Financial Analysis to help identify a highest and best use of the National Register-listed Samuel E. Holt Farmstead.

St. George – $10,000 to hire a consultant to conduct an archaeological survey of approximately 800 acres in the city boundaries, to update and publish the third edition of the Landmark & Historic Sites book, and to attend the Utah Preservation Conference.

Tooele County – $17,800 for rehabilitation work on the National Register-listed Benson Grist Mill, and tohire a licensed architect with previous experience in historic preservation to plan the preservation work for restoration of the historic Wendover Officer’s Club at Wendover Air Force Base.


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Utah Archaeology Week Open House

What: Utah Archaeology Week Open House
When: Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY – Find out more about Utah’s incredible past during Utah Archaeology Week, May 3-10, 2014. Archaeological themed events will be held throughout the state to educate the public about Utah’s fabulous archaeological heritage.

On May 3, the Utah Division of State History will host the Archaeology Week Open House from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants will be able to throw a special spear called an atlatl, grind corn using stone tools, make Fremont figurines, see how projectile points are made, buy Indian tacos, and much more. The event is free and open to the public.

“Archaeology Week gives the community a chance to connect to Utah’s unique past,” says Brad Westwood, Director, Utah State History. “It helps people realize that we have 13,000 plus years of human activity in Utah. Archaeology is our heritage and should be celebrated.”

Organizations throughout Utah will be hosting additional special events during Utah Archaeology Week. For a complete listing of statewide events, please visit or call Deb Miller at 801-245-7249 or email

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2015 Call for Papers and Session Proposals

Utah State History invites the public, scholars, students, and organizations to submit proposals for papers, sessions, panels, roundtables, or multi-media presentations exploring Utah’s multicultural past. The conference theme is “Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past.” Sessions for the 63rd annual Utah State History conference will be held October 2, 2015 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City.

Utah’s history is enriched by the study of a host of peoples, experiences, and voices. The histories of ethnicity, gender, work, and family, from the perspective of ordinary people, do more than pepper diversity in Utah history: they fundamentally change and enhance our understanding of the state and its past. These histories are ones of empowerment, creativity, and survival, as well as conquest, dispossession, and prejudice. We urge presenters to draw upon Utah’s rich historical literature and expand on it by telling new stories, making history available in new ways, and engaging partners to widen our public dialogue.

The 2015 Program Committee invites proposals that explore the role of cultural groups in the formation of the state’s identity and social and political institutions. We’ll also consider proposals on all areas of Utah history. We welcome a range of formats, from the traditional panels and sessions to more innovative formats. We strongly encourage full session or panel submissions, though we will make every effort to match single paper proposals with other panels and papers.

Proposals are due April 1, 2015. Each proposal must include:

  • Each paper proposal, whether individual or in a session, should include a one-paragraph abstract (250-word limit) detailing the presentation and its significance. Submissions for entire sessions or panels should include a brief abstract (250 words) that outlines the purpose of the session
  • Bio (100-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 Division of State History will use these recording in its effort to meet its history-related mission.

To submit a proposal, send an abstract and name(s) of presenter(s), accompanied with supporting materials, to

For questions about submissions, contact either Holly George at 801-245-7257 or or Jedediah Rogers at 801-245-7209 or

For general conference information, please contact Alycia Aldrich at 801-245-7226 or

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

Utah State History sponsors the 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 need not be published.
  • Papers should include original research that includes primary sources.  The paper must be footnoted.
  • Papers must be received by June 1, 2014.
  • Please call or E-mail us on June 1, 2014 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 25-27, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Submit papers to:

Linda Thatcher
(801) 534-0911