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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: Myton Presbyterian Church, Myton, Duchesne County; Harold & Evelyn Burton House, Holladay; the Provo U.S. Post Office, Provo; River Heights Sinclair Station, River Heights, Cache County; Rainbow Bridge Traditional Cultural Property, San Juan County; the Smithfield Tabernacle, Smithfield, Cache County; the Thomas Clark & Millie Callister House, Fillmore, Millard County; and the J.M. Wilbur & Company Blacksmith Shop, Eden, Weber County.

Myton Presbyterian Church
Myton, Duchesne County

Statement of Significance: The Myton Presbyterian Church meets National Register Criterion A at the local level, because it is historically significant in the area of Religion as the first Presbyterian church building constructed in the town and one of the few early examples of the “community church” phase of Protestant church activity both in the Uintah Basin region and on former Native American reservation land. Unlike nineteenth-century Protestant church buildings in Utah, erected as part of the missionary effort among Mormons, twentieth-century churches were constructed with the sole purpose of serving local congregations—Myton Presbyterian Church operated under this role. As a religious-use property it qualifies under Criteria Consideration A because, along with Religion, the property also has significance in other areas. In the area of Social History, the church is locally significant under Criterion A because of its dual use as a school, Myton Academy, along with the various extracurricular programs brought to the community by the academy. The building, constructed in 1915, was designed with a 13-by-30-foot schoolroom positioned to the rear of the auditorium space within the original chapel building, utilized by Myton Academy. This is noteworthy because Myton Academy provided comprehensive education to students in Myton prior to the complete dissemination of the Utah public school system in the Uintah Basin. Therefore, it is significant in relation to its contribution to the religious and social history aspects of Myton. Moreover, due to three major fires in Myton’s history (ca.1915, 1925, 1930) causing loss of most of the original downtown buildings, Myton Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Myton and is the oldest church building in Duchesne County. The building is also locally significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture as the best surviving example of the Carpenter Gothic style in Myton. The building is the only extant example of the style for Presbyterian use in Duchesne County and is one of the few examples of its kind left in the broader Uinta Basin. Within the 1915-1967 period of significance, the building has two distinct construction periods: 1915, when the original wood framed building that housed the auditorium and schoolroom was built and 1967, when the historic mining cottage was moved to the site and a hyphen building constructed to attach it to the church. In 2017 the historic appearance of the original building was restored with removal of vinyl siding. And, in spite of a non-historic addition, the building retains good historical integrity and is a contributing building in the small town of Myton.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Duchesne County_Myton Presbyterian Church

Harold W. & Evelyn Burton House
Holladay, Salt Lake County

Statement of Significance: The Harold W. and Evelyn Burton House, constructed in 1923 in Holladay, Utah, is locally significant under Criterion B in the area of Architecture.  The period of significance reflects the time that the Burtons occupied the house, 1923 through 1930.  The house was designed by and was the primary residence for Harold W. Burton, his wife Evelyn, and their four children.  Harold Burton was a prominent architect in Utah at the time.  His wife, Evelyn, was active in developing Gilmer Park Subdivision, now listed as a part of the Gilmer Park Historic District.  She was also one of the principal owners of that project.  Burton’s firm, Pope & Burton, designed several significant and iconic buildings in Utah and the region during the time he lived in the house.  Because of health reasons he moved to California in 1930 where he continued to design many temples and meetinghouses for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in the U.S. and Canada during his prolific career.  He ultimately moved back to Utah and became the Chief Supervising Architect for the LDS Church, so his influence is felt worldwide in the buildings he designed and projects he supervised. Although much of his work of importance continued after he moved from here, this house is the best preserved of his residences in Utah., the others having been impacted by a loss of historical integrity. For this reason, the Harold Burton House is significant and eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Salt Lake County_Harold & Evelyn Burton House

U.S. Post Office, Provo
Provo, Utah County

Statement of Significance: The U. S. Post Office qualifies for the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C at the local level of significance. Its period of significance is its construction date, 1937, onto the date of its addition in 1966. Alterations are evident but kept this building a viable asset and the building has retained its architectural integrity.
For these reasons, the building remains integrity under Criterion C as the renovations it has undergone have maintained its distinctive character both on the interior and exterior, and the property continues to possess distinctive characteristics of the period and features prominent art in the conserved mural done under the WPA.
The rear addition to the building is very sympathetic in design, since particular attention was given to the use of materials and design that conform to the original plan and thus it does not make a significant impact. A single score line distinguishes old work from new. Minor decorative changes were only made to the main elevation for purposes of renaming, and in 2015 an accessibility ramp was added to the main elevation in compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard (ABAAS).
The building is a Provo landmark, designed by Joseph Nelson, a very distinguished Provo architect, utilizing the Public Works Administration Moderne style favored for public buildings in the 1930s, particularly those built under the aegis of the Supervising Architect’s Office, the Treasury Department. The subject building has a Works Progress Administration mural by Utah artist Everett Clark Thorpe that demonstrates the democratic intent of the Roosevelt administration to utilize federal funds to bring work to local artists and builders throughout the Great Depression years.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Utah County_US Post Office Provo

River Heights Sinclair Station
River Heights, Cache County

Statement of Significance: The River Heights Sinclair Station, built in 1950, is locally significant under Criterion A for its association with the development of River Heights, Utah in the mid-twentieth century. Under Criterion A in the area of Transportation, the building is significant as the only service station ever constructed in the small rural community of River Heights. The period of significance is
1950 to 1967 (fifty years ago). For the first fifteen years the service station was operated by Oral Stirland, who leased the building from long-term owners, Newell Lavon Fuhriman and his son, Newell Dean Fuhriman. It was later operated by Karl Bindrup between 1965 and 1975.
Oral Stirland’s Sinclair Station was primarily an automobile fuel and repair facility, but in the mid- 1960s Karl Bindrup provided additional services such as tractor, lawnmower and small engine
repairs. Bindrup’s Sinclair Station was a gathering spot. He stocked penny candy for the
children after the community’s only general store closed down. The Sinclair Station provided a vital service to the citizens of River Heights who, like most of America, had increased their reliance on the automobile after World War II. The service station was particularly important when the rainstorms overwhelmed the only bridge between River Heights and the larger city of Logan. During rising flood levels, having a local fuel stop was particularly important as the only alternate routes to work places, shopping centers, medical facilities, and the regional high school or state college in Logan were quite lengthy. As the only real commercial building in town, it was architecturally unique in contrast to the residential construction. After serving for decades as a service station, the building was later used as a boat shop and was used as a residence for a few years in the 1990s. The building is currently used as a studio by a local photographer. The River Heights Station is a contributing historic commercial resource in this small residential community.

Read the full nomination:
UT_Cache County_ River Heights Sinclair Station

Shem Dam
Ivins Vicinity, Washington County

Statement of Significance: Shem Dam, located in Washington County, Utah, and constructed in 1934–1935, is historicallysignificant at the state level under Criteria A and C. It is significant under Criterion A in the area of Social History for its association with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a federal program that gave jobs to thousands of unemployed young men in Utah during the Great Depression. CCC crews worked on diverse flood-control, erosion-control, and other conservation projects throughout the state, and Shem Dam is a monument to the accomplishments of the CCC
in Utah. The dam is significant under Criterion C in the area of Engineering because it embodies a distinctive method of construction developed by a Utah engineer for economical flood-control structures in a mountainous agricultural region. The period of significance for Shem Dam is 1934–1958, which begins with construction of the dam at Shem and ends the year the dam was repaired for a second time under Winsor’s supervision, following flood damage. A major flood in 2011 badly damaged the dam once again, prompting the Shem Dam Rehabilitation Project, an undertaking of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Rehabilitation of the dam, completed in 2015, changed the design of the spillway by partially eliminating the original central arch design, but the massive abutments of the dam and the adjacent portions of the spillway retain their original design, materials, and appearance, giving the dam historic integrity.

Read the full nomination: This nomination is not available for publication

Rainbow Bridge Traditional Cultural Property
Rainbow Bridge National Monument, San Juan County

Statement of Significance: As a culturally significant cultural and religious site for the six tribes participating in this nomination Rainbow Bridge TCP exhibits the necessary qualities of significance for American Indian history and culture. These qualities are exhibited by Rainbow Bridge itself, by the listed contributing features, and by its ties to tribal origin stories and historic events. The bridge (including the area within the proposed boundaries of the TCP) is the focus of tribal historic events, tribal stories and tribal pilgrimages. Archaeological sites, springs and water seeps, shrines and tribal offering places within the district reflect its ancient association with Indian peoples. Contemporary testimonies of tribal members clearly document ancient as well as on-going religious beliefs and ceremonialism. “Rainbow Bridge Traditional Cultural Property” (the official name) qualifies as a TCP under Criterion A as it is used for tribal religious use. Tribal members consistently describe the period of significance as “from time immemorial” to the present and no specific dates are assigned or needed. The Area of Significance is Religion and Ethnic Heritage/Native American. As indicated, this property is culturally and historically significant on a “national” level. However, this broad national designation of significance should not be viewed as diminishing its importance at the local and regional levels.

Tribal historic events, cultural origin stories (individual and communal), religious ceremonialism, culture hero journeys, tribal migration stories, and communication with supernatural entities are all part of individual and communal ethnic identity and all play a vital role in the transmission of cultural and traditional knowledge across generations: A transmission essential for the reaffirmation and continuation of tribal specific cultural traditions – and the broader patterns of tribal cultures in the region.

Existing documentation clearly displays the district’s significance. Over the past few decades, folkloric, archaeological, and ethnographic research provide clear evidence of the importance of the place to the tribes participating in this nomination. A small number of Indian archaeological sites at or near the stone arch span hundreds, if not thousands of years of Indian occupation and use. Preservation and protection of these sites within the TCP boundary (and beyond) allow for future research and are likely to yield additional and significant aspects of tribal culture and history.  Tribal representatives have clearly expressed an interest in working with the managing agency to preserve these ancestral sites – sites that will continue to contribute to knowledge of tribal cultural association with the proposed TCP district and the larger more expansive cultural landscape.

The Navajo, Hopi, the Ute Mountain Ute, the Kaibab Southern Paiute, the San Juan Southern Paiute, and the Zuni (all the tribes participating in this nomination) have all visited and/or used the proposed site for thousands of years, as confirmed by oral testimony, archeological site analyses, ethnohistoric, and ethnographic documentation. While these tribes share similar views on the cultural significance of Rainbow they each attach to the district their own unique tribal histories, their own set of cultural values and practices, and their own means of interacting with the bridge, the district, and the larger landscape. For some, the district is a place of power, a source of culturally important resources (plants, spring water, minerals) used in traditional healing practices, a place of spiritual cleansing, and a place to perform traditional ceremonies and individual prayer. For others, the bridge is the focus of migration stories and tribal origins. Still others view the bridge and the surrounding landscape as their traditional home. But while tribal differences are acknowledged the cultural histories, practices and beliefs often overlap and all participating tribal representatives consistently expressed the view that the Rainbow Bridge TCP plays an important role in a larger multi-tribal traditional religious and ceremonial context of the area.

Finally, Rainbow Bridge is an integral part of a larger cultural geography and as such contributes to our knowledge of broader aspects of American Indian culture and history. Although it stands out physically as one of the largest natural stone arches in the United States, it’s cultural importance to Indian tribes in the region lies in the fact that it is part of this regional cultural landscape – elements of which are linked to various tribal histories, mythologies, origin stories, and sacred sites. While the proposed TCP is a highly significant cultural place it is part of this larger geographic context that is also sacred. The nature this larger landscape is beyond the scope of this nomination but future work is encouraged to more carefully describe the multi-tribal perspectives on this larger landscape.

Read the full nomination: This nomination is not available for publication

Thomas Clark & Millie Callister House
Fillmore, Millard County

Statement of Significance: The Thomas Clark and Millie Callister House, constructed 1896 in Fillmore, Millard County, is locally significant under Criteria A and B.  Under Criterion A the house is significant in the area of Communication. The Callister House served as the main office of the Millard County Telegraph and Telephone Company for 15 years. The main switchboard was operated by Mildred “Millie” Callister, wife of Thomas Clark Callister. This was the first telephone switchboard in the county and provided phone service for the entire county. Under Criterion B the house is significant in the area of Politics and Government. Thomas Clark Callister lived here while serving as mayor for two terms from 1917 to 1920. As one of Fillmore’s most influential mayors, he was a well-known engineer who spearheaded much of Millard County’s water and irrigation infrastructure during his time in office. His work as county surveyor and engineer was attributed to controlling flood and erosion of the Fillmore Mountains. Thomas Clark also was a prominent businessman, who owned the Millard County Telegraph and Telephone Company and was chairman to several committees in his lifetime, including the Library Loan and American Red Cross.  The period of significance is 1907 to c.1922. This covers the period the house was purchased by the Callisters and the telephone switchboard was installed until the operation was moved to another building, c.1922. This also includes the two terms Clark Callister served as Mayor of Fillmore, from 1917-1920.

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J.M. Wilbur Company Blacksmith Shop
Eden, Weber County

Statement of Significance: The J.M.Wilbur Company Blacksmith Shop, built in 1895 and rehabilitated 2011-2014, is a brick, one-part block commercial building with a stepped gable parapet and Late Victorian Commercial details. The building is historically significant under Criteria A. The period of significance dates from 1895, when it was built by Jesse Wilbur, to1951, when Jesse passed away. Jesse partnered with his son Glenn in 1924, and they used this building as a commercial outlet providing primarily blacksmithing and other related services to local farmers and the surrounding communities. Following Jesse’s death, Glenn carried on the business for two more decades. It is significant under Criterion A in the areas of Industry and Commerce because it provided essential services in a developing community and played a vital role in the development and success of the village of Eden, Utah and surrounding Ogden Valley.  The building was originally designed and constructed to facilitate the needs of the blacksmithing industry—a once very common and necessary business in frontier life—and is the only known continuously functioning blacksmith shop remaining in the region. Following a recent careful rehabilitation, the building continues to operate as a blacksmith shop today.

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

How can I get a house or building listed? (and other frequently asked questions)


National Register Nominations | July 2017

On October 26, 2017, the State Historic Preservation Review Board, for the Utah Division of State History, will review three nominations for the National Register of Historic Places. These are:

UT_Utah County_American Fork MPS, American Fork, Utah County, Multiple Property Documentation Form

UT_Utah County_Thomas & Elizabeth Coddington House, Coddington, Thomas & Elizabeth, House, American Fork, Utah County

UT_Utah County_James & Emily Herbert House, Herbert, James & Emily, House, American Fork, Utah County

UT_Utah County_ Robert & Mary Ann Singleton House, Singleton, Robert & Mary Ann, House, American Fork, Utah County

UT_Utah County_Thomas & Eliza Jane Singleton House, Singleton, Thomas & Eliza Jane, House, American Fork, Utah County

UT_Salt Lake County_Gardner Robert Jr House & Mill Site, Gardner, Robert, Jr., House & Mill Site, East Millcreek, Salt Lake County

UT_Davis County_SL Base Monuments, Salt Lake Base Monuments, Davis County

UT_Davis County_Layton OSL RR Station, Oregon Short Line RR Station, Layton, Davis County

UT_Davis County_HAFB Building 225, HAFB Building 225 Airplane Repair Hanger, Hill Air Force Base, Davis County

UT_Carbon County_Great Hunt Panel, Great Hunt Panel, Nine Mile Canyon, Carbon County

The State Historic Preservation Review Board will meet on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at 1:00 pm, at the Pack House at this is the Place Heritage park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue, 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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State History serves the citizens of Utah by helping to make history accessible, exciting, and relevant-and integral to the economy and culture of the state. State History is a division of the Department of Heritage and Arts.

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66th Annual Utah History Conference

Call for Papers

Transportation and Movement

Utah Cultural Celebration Center, September 2728, 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 Point, 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 beginning January 1, 2018, to April 1, 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

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

2017 Utah State History Conference home page

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