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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

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

2018 Utah State History Conference home page

New Nation Project

The New Nation Project is a series events presented by the State of Utah to celebrate the Founding Era of America.

The New Nation Project brings together several statewide programs that were inspired by Hamilton. These activities provide opportunities for all Utahns to enjoy our State’s incredible cultural and historical legacy.

> Visit The New Nation Project Site 

Letter Writing Contest

Students are the next generation of leaders in Utah. Leaders know who represents them in public office and become engaged in the civic process. What are you passionate about? If you’re in grades 9-12, enter this letter writing competition. Qualified entries are entered into a drawing for the chance to win a ticket to attend Hamilton with one of your elected officials on April 19 or April 21.

Entry Deadline Extended to February 27, 2018

> “Telling My Utah Story” Letter Writing Competition

Utahns are compelled to document their lives in this state in countless ways throughout history.

This exhibition explores the ways that Utahns have accomplished this, whether through petroglyphs, writing, painting, photography, dance, weaving, or through digital media.

> View The Exhibition

Utah’s Indigenous Day 2017

About Indigenous Day:

The Utah Division of Indian Affairs celebrates, honors and recognizes the countless contributions of Utah’s American Indian community at its annual Indigenous Day celebration. As part of National Native American Indian Heritage Month, UDIA and its network of partners work together to promote events celebrating Native culture throughout the state.

This year, we will celebrate our Indigenous Day event on November 3, 2017, at The Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake City.

More details to come soon!






Big Time Planned at Cedar Breaks

“Big Time Planned at Cedar Breaks,” Parowan Times June 15, 1934

“Plans are under way for a celebration, one of the biggest ever held in Southern Utah, at Cedar Breaks as a formal opening of that beautiful scenic area as a National Monument. The date tentatively selected for this celebration is July 4th and unless it is found to conflict too much with the plans of Southern Utah communities, that date will definitely be agreed upon by the committee which meets Sunday in Cedar City.

“The local chamber of commerce took the initiative in starting a move for such a celebration and named a committee to confer with the Cedar City chamber and with the Park superintendent at Zion. P. A. Clark and R. L. Fenton of this committee met with the president and other members of the Cedar chamber and a park representative last week end [sic] in Cedar city at which time tentative plans were made.

“These include a suitable program and a barbecue at the Breaks, with all the communities of Southern Utah invited to participate and with State and National figures asked to be present. Several bands will be there and probably the St. George choir. There has been some suggestions for providing a dance floor up there for the occasion, but that may be found impracticable.

“It is planned to barbecue about five steers to help feed the crowd that will be there and the county and other agencies are being asked for appropriations to defray the expenses.”

Breaks Monument Dedication Attended by Thousands

“Breaks Monument Dedication Attended by Thousands,” Iron County Record July 5, 1934

“Over three thousand people from Cedar and Parowan and other southern Utah communities gathered at Cedar Breaks on July 4th for the mammoth celebration marking the dedication of the breaks as a National Monument.

“The celebration attracted national, state, and high railroad officials who were gathered on the speakers stand at the dedication services held in the afternoon and which was the feature event of the celebration.

“Included in the group of distinguished visitors were Governor Henry H. Blood, President Heber J. Grant of the L.D.S. church; Carl R. Gray, president of the Union Pacific System; Dr. H. C. Bryant, assistant director of the Bureau of National Parks and Reservations; Leo A. Borah of Washington, member of the editorial staff of the National Geographic Magazine; Dr. George W. Middleton, prominent early booster for southern Utah park development. With Gray was a group of railroad officials including W. M. Jeffers, executive vice president of the Union Pacific System and president of the Utah Parks company; J. L. Haugh, vice president and assistant to the president; John W. Burnett, general superintendent of motive power and equipment; Emmett Cole and Otto Jobelman, assistants to Mr. Burnett; George M. Ashby, assistant to the executive vice president; H. C. Mann, chief engineer, Union Pacific System; B. M. Prater, chief engineer, O. S. L. and E. C. Schmidt, director of news service.

“Mrs. Henry H. Blood, wife of the governor, was present and made a few brief remarks when introduced from the stand.

“P. A. Clark of the Parowan Chamber of Commerce was in charge of the meeting and introduced Randall L. Jones, who acted as master of ceremonies, and to whom high tribute was paid for his activities in bringing about recognition of Cedar Breaks as a national attraction and development of the southern Utah Parks.

“Governor Blood, introduced as a ‘great governor and a great friend of the people of his state,’ spoke briefly to national conditions, maintaining while America had felt the hand of depression the situation here ws much better than in other countries, and that the people should be thankful for the help of a government interested in its people during such trying adversities. The governor urged that people of all the land be invited to view the scenic wonders of southern Utah, and called attention to the many and varied attractions grouped together in the small area of southern Utah and northern Arizona. He also referred to what had been done during the past decade to make it possible for people to see and enjoy these attractions, stating that approximately ten million dollars had been spent on road development alone.

“President Carl R. Gray stated that it was just twelve years ago that he made his first trip into southern Utah and visited the scenic attractions and pointed out that the Union Pacific development program had been carried substantially as planned on that trip, maintaining that it had been accomplished only through the fine cooperation of the National Park and National Forest Service and the people of southern Utah. He told of the railroad company’s development program at Bryce before it became a national park and how the company had deeded its holdings to the U.S. government, but that the deeds had been placed in escrow pending the fulfillment of certain development programs, particularly the completion of the Mt. Carmel highway.

“President Heber J. Grant congratulated the Union Pacific on the foresight that had made development of this section possible, and commended the people of southern Utah upon their awakening to the value of the scenic attractions of this region. He stated that he had visited the section for forty years and for many years never even heard of the Breaks or Bryce, the people apparently feeling that these areas were only so much waste land and of no value to them. He also commented on the great appeal that Utah held for people from other sections who visited here.

“Dr. Bryant, in charge of the educational department of the parks [sic] service, stated that the National Park system was not developed by city bred men but by pioneers, the idea first originating with a group of pioneers in the Yellowstone area. Since then the system has grown to 24 parks and 67 monuments. He pointed out that So. Utah was indeed fortunate in having such an area of these nationally recognized scenic attractions, and stated that only the superlative spots had been selected, which makes the naming of so many areas here even more remarkable. He stated that from a geological standpoint southern Utah was one of the most interesting in the world, since in no other section could such a study of ‘space and time’ in the making of the earth be made. He told briefly of the plans of the park service in featuring developments from a scientific and inspirational point of view.

“Leo Borah of the [National] Geographic magazine complimented the people of southern Utah on their spirit of development and was high in his praise of the beauties and interesting features he had found in this section.

“Dr. George W. Middleton maintained that American [sic] contained attractions that were unequaled in Europe and stated that Americans should come to worship at their own shrines of beauty instead of going to distance [sic] lands to worship at the shrines of false Gods. He contended that the people should find peace away from the war contending countries across the sea, and keep out of foreign conflicts and continue to keep the flag of the U.S.A. waving in integrity and honor.

“P. P. Patraw, superintendent of Zion and Bryce National Parks and Cedar Breaks National Monument, spoke briefly, stating that he accepted the custody of the Breaks with pleasure, extended an invitation to all to come there often. He told briefly of the study that would be made of development possibilities at the Breaks and promised a development program that would show to the world all the beauties of the area.

“The dedicatory prayer was offered by Wm. R. Palmer, president of the Parowan Stake.

“Brief remarks were also made by James E. Gurr, supervisor of the Dixie National Forest; Wm. Osborne District Engineer of the State Road commission, and Ben Cameron, representing the Associated Civic Clubs of Southern Utah.

“The Cedar City band, Parowan band and Cedar Junior band were present, furnishing music not only at the meeting but intermittently during the entire day.

“At noon a free barbecue was served by the Parowan Chamber of Commerce and the afternoon was devoted to sports arranged by the Cedar City Chamber of Commerce and under the direct supervision of Vertis Wood, recreational supervisor for Cedar City, and to sight seeing on the rim of the Breaks and in the various canyons leading to the National Monument.

“The success of the affair, sponsored by the Chambers of Commerce of Cedar City and Parowan, surpassed the fondest expectations of those in charge.”

Corporate Social Impact

Businesses in Utah are thriving, adding jobs and resources to the economy. Some companies have started Employee Volunteer Programs to further give back to the community. An Employee Volunteer Program (EVP) is an organized effort to motivate and encourage employees to volunteer their time and skills to the community. UServeUtah has compiled a few resources to help you develop your own EVP. We will continue to add to these resources in order to support your efforts in engaging employees in volunteerism.

Please take our survey of Utah companies and organizations about Employee Volunteer Programs.

Businesses with an employee volunteer program, please use this link.
Businesses without an employee volunteer program, please use the this link.

Employee Engagement Tools

How to Start an Employee Volunteer Program
How to Get Employees Engaged in Volunteer Work
The 7 Practices of Effective Employee Volunteer Programs
How to Pledge 1% of Employee Time
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Points of Light Resources for Companies

Public Art Proposals Requested for Southern Utah University Project

The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and Southern Utah University School of Business, has published a call for letters of interest and qualifications from artists or artist teams interested in creating public art for the new facility being built on the campus of SUU in Cedar City.

The School of Business Art Selection Committee is interested in working with an artist(s) to develop site specific work which is harmonious with the design of the building and contribute to an environment that inspires students to think creatively toward new heights. It is hoped this site specific work will encourage thought, exploration, and contemplation, while still being accessible in concept and intent.

The full description and how to apply is at The deadline for receipt of material from interested artists is 5 p.m. MST, June 9, 2017. Applications may be submitted online at

The Public Art Program was created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985 with the passage of the Percent-for-Art-Act. This statute allows for 1 % of construction costs for new or remodeled State facilities to be added to the project for the commissioning or acquisition of art that is site specific to the facility and community. To date, over 230 works have been placed in State facilities statewide. For more information visit or contact Jim Glenn at or 801-245-7271 or Mackenzie Morton at or 801-245-7270.

Rendering courtesy: VCBO Architecture



Questions? Feedback? Contact Kirsten Darrington at






Utah Statewide Archaeological Society

The Utah Statewide Archaeological Society (USAS) was originally formed out of the Statewide Archaeological Survey established by Dr. Jesse Jennings in 1951. USAS is a group of individuals not necessarily trained as archaeologists, but share a common interest and passion for understanding, stewarding, and preserving Utah’s rich archaeological legacy. Today, there are over 300 members in several different chapters. Please visit their website here: and see how you can join in the adventure.

Utah Division of State History has a long partnership with USAS, and this page is dedicated to furthering the joint missions of both organizations. Please see the 1975 By-laws for the Society.

USAS Newsletters

In 2016, Janice Reed-Campbell of the Utah Division of State History’s Antiquities Section discovered binders full of USAS Newsletters, the earliest dating to 1955. Janice painstakingly scanned all of the newsletters in our collection and we are making them available through this page. Given size limitations on our website we can not post all the Newsletters, but we are offering a selection for download. If you see a particular newsletter you are interested in the table below please email Janice at and she will email you the newsletter directly. This is a great resource and includes some rarely seen writings of Dr. Jesse Jennings.

Year Month Selected Article (others are included in pdf)
1955 June • Utah Anthropology, An Outline of Its History, by Elmer R. Smith
November • Archaeological Evidence of Hunting Magic, by James H. Gunnerson
December • Archaeological Excavations Near Salina, Utah, by Dee C. Taylor
1956 March • 1955 Surveys in Castle Valley, Hanksville, Aquarius Plateau and San Juan County, by James Gunnerson
June • Radiocarbon Dates from Danger Cave, Utah, by J. D. Jennings
• Petrographs, by J. H. Gunnerson
October • Archaeological Activities of the University of Utah, by James H. Gunnerson
December • Early Man in the West, by Jesse D. Jennings
• Each to the Other, by William A. Ritchie
1957 March • Salvage Archaeology, by James H. Gunnerson
June • The Recognition of Archaeological Sites, by Lloyd Pierson
• How Old Is It, by James H. Gunnerson
September • Archaeology and the Scientific Method, Part I, by Fay-Cooper Cole
• Upper Colorado River Basin Archaeological Salvage Project, Summer 1957, by Jesse D. Jennings
December • Archaeology and the Scientific Method, Part II.-and the Scientific Method: Part II, by Fay-Cooper Cole
• Preliminary Report of 1957 Work at Snake Rock, by James H. Gunnerson
1958 March • An Underground Storage Pit Near Moab, by Lloyd Pierson
• Plant and Animal Material in Archaeological Interpretation, by James H. Gunnerson
June • Pottery in Archaeological Interpretation, by James H. Gunnerson
• A Pueblo Site in Utah Valley, by Carl Hugh Jones
September • A Preliminary Note on Excavations at the Coombs Site, Boulder. Utah, by Robert H. Lister
• Archaeological Survey of the Kaiparowits Plateau-A Preliminary Report, by James H. Gunnerson
December • Archaeological Excavations in Glen Canyon: A Preliminary Report of 1958 Work, by William Lipe
• Archaeological Survey in Glen Canyon: A Preliminary Report of 1958 Work, by Don Fowler
1959 March • The Moab Museum
June • Archaeological Survey in the Dead Horse Point Area, by James H . Gunnerson
September • The Utah Statewide Archaeological Society, by H. Merrill Peterson
• A Preliminary Note on 1959 Excavations at the Coombs Site, Boulder, Utah, by J. Richard Ambler
December • The Utah Statewide Archaeological Survey: Its Background; and First Ten Years, by James H. Gunnerson
1960 March • A Sketch of Utah Prehistory, by Alice P. Hunt
June • Cataloguing Archaeological Collections, by Dee Arm Suhm
• The Artifacts of Camp Maple Dell, Payson Canyon, Utah County, Utah, by John L. Cross
September • The Value and Function of the Local Archaeological Society, by Jesse D. Jennings
• A Percussion Industry of the Wyoming Desert, by Merrill Peterson
• Archaeological Notes on the Northeastern Margin of Great Salt Lake, by F. K. Hassel
December • Ute Tipi Poles, by Lloyd Pierson
1961 March • A Preliminary Report of the 1960 Archaeological Excavations in Glen Canyon, by Floyd W. Sharrock
• Hovenweep – The Deserted Valley, by Don Ripley
• 1960 Archaeological Survey and Testing in the Glen Canyon Region, by Don D. Fowler
June • An Open Site Near Plain City, Utah, by F. K. and Carol Hassel
• Excavations at the Bear River Site, Box Elder County, Utah, by David M. Pendergast
• Puebloid Cultures in Iron County: Progress Report, by Marshall McKusick
September • The Prehistory of Central and Northern Utah, by Melvin Aikens
• USAS – UCRBASP Joint Excavation in the Plainfield Reservoir, by David M. Pendergast
December • Artifacts From a Site In Box Elder County. Utah, by Warren C. Hageman
• A Preliminary Report of the 1961 Archaeological Excavations In Moqui Canyon and Castle Wash, by Floyd W. Sharrock
• Archaeological Survey and Testing in Moqui Canyon and Castle Wash, 1961, by Kent C. Day
1962 March • Unusual Petroglyph Find in Utah
June • Preliminary Report on Excavations in Southwestern Utah, 1962, by C. Melvin Aikens
September • Unusual Historical Indian Burial Report, by George W. Tripp
December • Additional Notes and Comments on Atlatl Weights in the Northwest, by B. Robert Butler
• Manti Mystery
• History and Pre-History of Bear Lake Indians
1963 March • Unusual Petroglyph Find in Utah
June • Preliminary Report on Excavations in Southwestern Utah, 1962, by C. Melvin Aikens
September • Unusual Historical Indian Burial Report, by George W. Tripp
December • Additional Notes and Comments on Atlatl Weights in the Northwest, by B. Robert Butler
• Manti Mystery
• History and Pre-History of Bear Lake Indians
1964 March • Unusual Historical Indian Burial Report, by George W. Tripp
• Extension of Black’s Fork Culture Material, by Leona Fetzer Wintch
• Ethnohistoric Study in the Glen Canyon, by Catherine L. Sweeney
June • Ta Tahumara, by John L. Cross
• Cultural Development in the Great Basin Part I, by James A. Goss
September • Surface Material From a Site in Weber County, by F. K. Hassel
• Cultural Development in the Great Basin Part II, by James A. Goss
December • Authentic Clovis Point Find Reported
• Indian Cache Uncovered, by Merrill Peterson
• Cultural Development in the Great Basin Part III, by James A. Goss
1965 March/June • Indian Languages of the Great Basin, by Wick R. Miller
September • Pictographs from Parrish Canyon, Davis County, by Grant Reeder M.D.
December • Preliminary Report on Excavations at the “Injun Creek” Site, Warren, Utah, by C. Melvin Aikens
1966 March • Preliminary Report on Excavations at the Nephi Site, Nephi, Utah, by Floyd W. Sharrock
June • Preliminary Report on Excavation at Gunlock Flats, Southwestern Utah, by Kent C. Day
September • Evidence of Acculturation among the Indians of Northern Utah and Southeast Idaho: A Historical Approach: Part I, by John R. Dewey
December • Plains Relationships of the Fremont Culture – A Summary Statement of a Hypothesis, by C. Melvin Aikens
• Evidence of Acculturation among the Indians of Northern Utah and Southeast Idaho: A Historical Approach: Part II, by John R. Dewey
1967 March • Archaeological Survey of Whitmore Wash and Shivwits Plateau, Northwestern Arizona, by Gordon C. Baldwin
June • A Mountain Sheep Skull Exhibiting Unusual Modifications, by George Tripp
• A Handled Olla From the “Injun Creek” Site, by F. K. Hassel
September • A Sketch of Utah Prehistory, by Alice P. Hunt
December (Includes 1967/1968) • Hogup Mountain Cave: Interim Report, by C. Melvin Aikens, Kimball T. Harper, Gary F. Fry
• Split Twig Animal Miniatures in the Southwestern United States, by Grant M. Reeder, M.D.
1969 March • A New Variant of the Fremont Moccasin, by Kenneth Lee Petersen
June • The Determination of Prehistoric Dietary Patterns by Means of Coprolite Analysis; A Glen Canyon Example, by David J. Steele
September • Testing Matheny Alcove, Southeastern Utah. by Dee F. Green
• “Manitou Stones” by John L. Cross
• Radiocarbon Dates From Danger Cave, Utah, by Jesse D. Jennings
December • Some Historic Indian Burials form Utah Valley. by Evan E. DeBloois
1971 March • The Eastern Uinta Fremont, by David A. Breternitz
June • Parowan Fremont, by John P. Marwitt
• Salt Lake Fremont, by Gary F. Fry
1972 March • Why Historical Archaeology?, by Dale L. Berg
• A Pueblo II Structure, San Juan County, Utah, by Ray T. Matheny and Dee F. Green
1974 September • The Excavation of Innocents Ridge. by Alan Schroedl
• A Great Basin Small Tool Tradition, by Alan Bryan and Ruth Gruhn
• The Lakeman Point, by Dean Caldwell
December • An Archaeological Survey in Sevier, Emery and Garfield Counties, by Claudia Berry
1975 March • The Excavation of Cowboy Cave, by Alan R. Schroedl
April • A 40,000 Year Old Stone Industry on Lake Bonneville’s Alpine Beach, by Leland L. Clark, M.D., M.S.
July • Archaeology and Alluvium in the Grand Gulch-Cedar Mesa Area, Southeastern Utah,by William D. Lipe and R.G. Matson
1976 July • The Bull Creek Excavations, Garfield County, Utah, by Alan R. Schroedl
1982 April • Atypical Stone Tools at Red Rock Predating Lake Bonneville’s 19,000 Year-Old High
• Stand Beach – Geology, by Lealand L. Clark, M.D. and Reuben L. Bullock
• The Uintah Heights Site-Weber County, Utah. By Mark E. Stuart
• The Long Park Sites: An Archaeological Survey, by Mark E. Stuart
• An Unusual Surface Find From Weber County, Utah, by Mark E. Stuart