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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

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

2015 State History Conference Podcasts

Missed out on the 2015 State History Conference “Deep Roots, Many Voices”? Below are sessions that were recorded.

Documenting the Topaz Experience

  • Kimberly M. Jew (chair)
    Scotti Hill: When Words Weren’t Enough: Curating the Topaz Museum’s Inaugural Art Exhibition
  • Jane Beckwith: A Founders View, Topaz Museum
  • Christian Heimburger: “We Have Come to Understand Them, and We Admit We Need Them”: Japanese American Laborers in the Interior West, 1942-1944

Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past through Oral History

  • Jodi Graham (chair)
  • Randy Williams: Cache Valley Refugee Voices
  • Deborah M. George: Root Sounds: The Utah African American Experience in Ogden
  • Sarah Singh: Twenty-fifth Street: The City That Never Slept

Immigration in Early Twentieth-Century Utah

  • John Sillito (chair)
  • Brian Whitney and Lorrie Rands: Immigrants at the Crossroads: An Oral History of Immigration into Ogden, Utah
  • Eileen Hallet Stone: Utah’s Jewish Agrarian Pioneers
  • Rochelle Kaplan: Jews in Utah: Not an Oxymoron!

Paiutes and the Circleville Massacre after 150 Years

  • Panel: Richard Turley (chair), Suzanne Catharine, Dorina Martineau, Sue Jensen Weeks, and Albert Winkler

Politics and Religious Authority

  • Greg Thompson (chair)
  • Gary Bergera: Ezra Taft Benson Meets Nikita Khrushchev, 1959: Memory Embellished
  • Kenneth L Cannon II and Geoffrey E. Cannon: Separation of Prophet and State? The 1914 Reelection of Reed Smoot
  • Jason Friedman: “Unless the ‘Saints’ decorate my personage with plumage and ‘something to make it stick’”: Duncan McMillan and the fight for Wasatch Academy

The Power of Oral History: Uncovering the Stories of Latino/as in Utah

  • Panel: Matt Basso (chair), Jennifer Macias, Juan Jose Garcia, Andrea Garavito Martinez

Two Changing Faces of Fundamentalist Mormonism: Rulon and Warren Jeffs

  • Craig L. Foster and Newell G. Bringhurst: Two Changing Faces of Fundamentalist Mormonism: Rulon and Warren Jeffs


Utah History Podcasts

Check out our collection of audio files from various events and programs of Utah State History.

Utah StateTelephoneOperator_edge History Brown Bag Presentations

Utah State History hosts a collection of Brown Bags every year. We recently began recording these presentations so you can listen and not miss a thing.

Listen and watch a mix of brown bags presented by a mix of lay and professionals working to document history.

News_WagonUtah Historical Quarterly Web Extras

Web Extras are produced for every issue of the Utah Historical Quarterly since 2014. You’ll find a collection of interviews, interactive maps, music, and more for each issue dating back to Summer 2014.


Utah State History Annual Conferences

Utah State History hosts an annual conference on a select theme. Select sessions, plenary and keynote speakers have been recorded starting in 2015. Join in to take part of these conferences and intriguing topics.


Utah State History Brown Bag Presentations

From Sheep to Bikes: Transforming an Engine of Economic Growth in Ogden – Sheri Murray Ellis (Certus Environmental Services), Sara Meess (Ogden City Corporation)

The Historic Ogden Union Stockyards were once one of the largest stockyards west of Denver, representing the latest advances in the transportation and processing of livestock. Although Ogden is widely known for its rail history, the stockyards were also a major economic driver for the region. The former stockyards are now being transformed into a lifestyle-based business park designed around outdoor amenities and sustainability principles. This discussion will trace the evolution of the site, from its historic use as a bustling livestock center to its redevelopment as an outdoor recreation business park. -May 15, 2018

Utah History in 3D: The Use of 21st Century Technologies in Archaeology – Shawn Lambert Ph.D. When people think of archaeology, they imagine large-scale excavations and artifact recovery. While archaeologists are not ready to drop their trowels just yet, the introduction of a new 21st-century toolkit is beginning to transform the discipline. A couple facets of this toolkit involves photogrammetry, 3D printing, and even augmented reality. In this presentation, I will give a brief introduction to these technologies and their applications in archaeology and public outreach. – May 3, 2018

Review of National Trails Act and Pony Express – Dr. Joe Hatch, author of “The Pony Express in Utah” presents an overview of the development of the National Historic Trails system in Utah, with a focus on his comprehensive work on the Pony Express National Historic Trail. This presentation will include photos and descriptions of Utah’s various Pony Express stations, and provide context for this famous Western story. – April 25, 2018


Much More Than Just Handcarts: Mormon Emigration, 1846-1869 – Chad Orton, LDS Church HIstory Department discusses the migration of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to Utah was much more complex and varied than just the classic images of hand-carts. This brown bag will discuss the what and how of Mormon migration during the mid-century along the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail and beyond. – April 19, 2018

The Making of National Historic Trails – Lee Kreutzer, National Park Service discusses how national historic trails are designated, administered and managed. She reviews what national historic are, how they are studied and designated, how they are administered and managed, and what potential new trails are being considered by Congress. – April 11, 2018

Antisemitism: Past and Contemporary Lessons – Kim Klett is an instructor with the Echoes and Reflections program, which conducts Holocaust education training for teachers nationwide. Echoes is funded by the Anti-Defamation League, the Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem. – November 29, 2017

Challenges & Opportunities Facing Rural Libraries in Utah – Utah Division of State Library’s Kari May will discuss challenges and opportunities unique to rural libraries in Utah, ranging from struggling with limited internet connections to serving as active community hubs. – October 3, 2017

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