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Utah Archaeology Week Poster Contest
Posted on October 26, 2011
Utah Archaeology Week, to be held May 5 – 12, 2012, celebrates Utah’s rich archaeological and cultural resources with a special week of statewide lectures, programs, activities, demonstrations, and tours.

The Antiquities Section of State History invites Utah citizens of all ages to help promote the state’s exciting past by entering the Utah Archaeology Week Poster Contest. Entrants may choose any material, design, or medium, but the principal elements of the design should depict aspects of Utah archaeology. Entries should be less than 16″ wide and 24″ long. Winners in three categories will receive cash prizes: Grand contest winner: $250; secondary school winner: $100; elementary school winner: $100. The winning poster will be professionally printed and distributed nationwide.

Posters should be submitted no later than January 13, 2012, to: Antiquities Section, State History,
300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
For more information on how to enter or to see past winners, visit the Utah Archaeology Week web page at, or contact<a href=” “>Renae Weder</a>  at  or 801-533-3529 or <a href=” “>Derinna Kopp</a>  at  or 801-533-3519.

The contest is sponsored by State History, State Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Land Management, Utah Statewide Archaeological Society, Utah Professional Archaeological Council, U. S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service.
Application Season for H.E.A.T. Program Begins Nov. 1
Posted on October 24, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY- Home Energy Assistance Target (H.E.A.T.) applications will be accepted beginning November 1, 2011 and continue through the end of September, 2012 or until funds are exhausted, the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development announced today.

H.E.A.T. helps eligible families pay for home heating, cooling, and other energy costs, as well as helping to weatherize eligible families’ homes.

“During these tight economic times communities throughout Utah have seen increased demand on key services, such as energy assistance for low-income families. The recent cold snap puts even more pressure on families as they weigh the need to turn on their furnaces,” said Utah Division of Housing and Community Development director Gordon Walker. “The energy subsidies we are releasing this season will help more families afford heat and avert difficult choices too many Utahns face between paying for heat and paying for other essentials like food and medicine.”

To qualify, a family must earn below 150 percent of the federal poverty level: about $33,000 for a family of four. Priority for H.E.A.T. assistance is given to households with the highest energy burden in relationship to household income while taking into consideration vulnerable populations such as the elderly, disabled and families with young children.

Utahns are encouraged to visit our website at to find their county’s contact information, or to dial 2-1-1.

The H.E.A.T. program is administered by the State Energy Assistance and Lifeline office through a statewide network of local community-based organizations. Last year, the funding enabled the H.E.A.T. program to assist more than 50,000 low-income Utah households with their utility bills.

The H.E.A.T. program is Utah’s version of the federal LIHEAP program (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP). It is funded 100% by the Federal Government through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Utah’s State Energy Assistance and Lifeline Office is managed by the Utah Division of Housing and Community Development under the Utah Department of Community and Culture.


Posted in Housing and Community Development Division
Is your high school involved in Poetry Out Loud? Statewide competition in March.
Posted on October 18, 2011
The Utah Division of Arts & Museums, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national Poetry Out Loud movement that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Over forty Utah high schools received the curriculum in 2011, and twenty held competitions to select a school champion to send to the state competition held in March. The winner of the state competition receives $200, a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national championship, and his or her school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The winner of the national championship is awarded a $20,000 college scholarship.

Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers across the nation by capitalizing on trends in poetry recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form by inviting the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, the spoken word, and theatre in the English classroom. Through Poetry Out Loud, students master public speaking skills, build self confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

For more information visit, or To participate, contact Guy Lebeda, Utah Division of Arts & Museums Literary Arts Manager at or 801.236.7553.

Posted in Arts & Museums
Special Architectural Photos Are Now Online
Posted on October 18, 2011
A unique group of architectural photos are now online and available to the public. Taylor Woolley, a Utah architect who worked under Frank Lloyd Wright for a time, helped in the construction of Wright’s famous Taliesen I home in Spring Green, Wisconsin, during 1911-1912. He took photographs of the construction, and they became part of Utah State History’s photograph collection.

According to State History Research and Collections Coordinator Doug Misner, “The Taylor Woolley photographs are an important collection in our holdings and we’re very pleased through digitization we can make them available to a broader audience.” The collection is available online at .

The collection includes some unique images of the construction of Taliesin I, both interior and exterior, as well as images showing the intricate details of the home. The collection also documents Woolley’s architectural career in Utah with images of his business associates and building projects.

Architectural historian Peter L. Goss said, “Taylor Woolley’s photos are a further example of Woolley’s photographic documentation of significant events in the early life of Frank Lloyd Wright. This collection of photos is fascinating not only for its connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, but also for its look at how an architect in the early 20th century saw the architecture and interior design of his day.” Goss, a former member of the Utah Board of State History and fellow of the Utah State Historical Society, assisted State History in making the collection available to the public.

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