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Come Explore “Utah Technology Through Time” at the Utah State History Conference, September 25 – 27

For Immediate Release

17 September 14

Geoff Fattah, 801-245-7205, Public Information Office, Dept. of Heritage and Arts

Brad Westwood, 801-245-7248, Director, Utah Division of State History

Come Explore “Utah Technology Through Time” at the Utah State History Conference, September 25 – 27

The 62nd annual Utah State History Conference, September 25 – 27, will take a unique look at the role technology has played on human endeavors in Utah over the past 13,000 years. Reflecting this rich history, nearly 60 presenters will explore:

* Prehistoric technology in the region of Utah,

* The emergence of Utah’s high tech industry, 1950s to the present, and

* Utah’s industry, technology and enterprise in the 19th and 20th centuries.

“Few topics could be both more personal and more universal than humans and their relationship to the technology they have developed to shape how they live,” said State History director Brad Westwood.  “We warmly welcome scholars, enthusiasts, and the public to this extraordinary conference.  This conference focus will allow participants to see just how much technology has been the ‘secret sauce’ to Utah’s numerous successes through time.”


Thursday, September 25, 7 p.m.: “Place Matters: The Alchemy of Innovation in Utah and Beyond” (at the City Library, 210 East 400 South) by Dr. Margaret O’Mara. Throughout human history – from ancient Mesopotamia to Renaissance Florence to modern Silicon Valley – certain places have been home to remarkable clusters of technological and social innovation at particular moments in time.  What are the distinctive characteristics of place that foster innovation and invention?  How does a region’s past shape its innovative present and future?  In her conference keynote, historian Margaret O’Mara places the story of Utah’s technology through time in the broader context of history, place, and the alchemy of innovation. The event is free and open to the public. This will be followed by the annual State History Awards.

Friday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Leonardo (209 East 500 South): All-day presentations on diverse topics such as Utah’s NSA Center, the Navajos’ first impression of the car, folk medicine in 19thcentury Cache County, 3D modeling for historical reconstruction, Utah’s early streetcars, Utah’s role in the early Internet, and venture capitalism in Utah’s tech revolution, and more.  See a complete list of workshops at

Saturday, September 27, Tours: Destinations include Tooele, Wendover, and Lehi as three tours investigate mid-20th century Utah military technology, the Utah Refractories Plan, and the new high-tech Adobe Campus. Registration is required for all tours (go The Tooele/Wendover tour includes a $50 fee and box lunch.