SALT LAKE CITY — As part of the 1897 Golden Jubilee, Governor Heber M. Wells issued a call to create the Utah State Historical Society that resulted in an augural meeting attended by 27 people. To celebrate that 120th anniversary, the Historical Society is hosting four free brown bags in July:
- July 5th: “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: The Historical Society in the 1980s” (with Gary Topping, Archivist of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City)
- July 12th: “The DUP and Little-Known Stories of the Pioneers” (with Maurine Smith, President, Daughters of Utah Pioneers)
- July 19th: “My Experiences with the Utah State Historical Society” (with Thomas Alexander, professor emeritus of history, Brigham Young University)
- July 26th: “History Is a Verb: The Utah Social Studies Standards, Utah History Day & Doing History” (with Wendy Rex-Atzet, State Coordinator, Utah History Day, and Robert Austin, K-12 Social Studies Specialist, Utah State Board of Education).
The first three lectures begin at noon, while the July 26th brown bag starts at 1 p.m. All four events are located at the State Archives (346 S. Rio Grande St.).
The Historical Society offers web-based history materials and free public events. It also publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly (established in 1928) and sponsors an annual Utah history conference (established in 1952). To learn more about the Utah Division of State History and Utah History Day, visit history.utah.gov.