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2015 Utah State History Conference Workshops

October 1, 2015
Rio Grande Depot
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT

Registration for workshops


Writing History and Publishing in Utah Historical Quarterly
Holly George
9:00 am – 11:00 am, Board Room

This free public workshop will present some of the basics writing history, as well as information about submitting a manuscript to the Utah Historical Quarterly. The second half of the workshop will be hands-on, with an opportunity for participants to talk about individual writing projects. Come prepared with ideas, questions, and manuscripts.

Holly George is a Senior State Historian at the Utah Division of State History and co-managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly.


Preservation Consultant Workshop
Cory Jensen, Nelson Knight
9:00 am – noon, Archives Courtyard Training Room (346 S. Rio Grande Street)

This workshop will cover a variety of topics and issues regarding Architectural Survey, National Register of Historic Places nomination procedures, PreservationPro database, and Section 106 Review.

Cory Jensen is a Preservation Program Specialist and manages the National Register Architectural Survey programs and review compliance for FHWA/UDOT projects.

Nelson Knight is a Tax Credit Program Coordinator in State History’s Historic Preservation Office.  He manages the state and federal incentives programs for historic properties.  His research focus is on Salt Lake City’s history as well as historic workflow diagrams.


FULL – Introduction to Oral History
Allan Kent Powell, Megan van Frank and Jedediah Rogers
9 am – noon, Zephyr Conference Room

Oral history is a powerful tool for people to understand their family stories and community history. Whether used for scholarly research, finding community stories, or fleshing out one’s family history, oral history provides unusual access to stories not otherwise known or in danger of being lost.  This workshop will provide a focused introduction to the art and craft of oral history: to the philosophical underpinnings of the discipline—what it can, and cannot, tell us about the past—and to the nuts and bolts of executing successful oral history projects. Participants will learn how to make pre-interview preparations, interact with interviewees, conduct interviews, and transcribe and archive recorded interviews. They will receive experiential practice preparing probing questions, conducting an interview, and editing an oral history transcript. An orientation to the Utah Humanities and Utah Division of State History joint oral history program will also be provided.

Allan Kent Powell worked 43 years for the Utah State Historical Society, including over ten years as Senior State Historian and managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly. He has variously served as chairman of the Utah Oral History Consortium, offered training and technical assistance to individuals engaged in oral history projects, and together with Utah Humanities awarded oral history grants to deserving projects statewide.

Megan van Frank directs community history and museums programming for Utah Humanities.

Jedediah Rogers is a Senior State Historian at the Utah Division of State History and co-managing editor of the Utah Historical Quarterly.


Cultural Compliance Course
Christopher W. Merritt
Christopher L. Hansen
1:00 – 3:00 pm, Archives Courtyard Training Room (346 S. Rio Grande Street)

Whether a wily veteran or a bright-eyed novice, the cultural compliance process can be complicated and daunting but critical to the success of all state and federal projects. Join the Utah State Historic Preservation Office for a cultural compliance refresher course that will cover the basics of the process for both the federal (Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act) and state (Utah Code Annotated 9-8-404). This workshop is geared towards agencies, but private contractors are urged to attend to help guide their clients through the process as well. All course materials will be provided, all you need to bring are questions.

Christopher W. Merritt, Ph.D. Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Archaeological Compliance Reviewer. With archaeological experiences working for academic institutions, federal agencies, private contractors, and now the Utah SHPO, Merritt has engaged in the compliance process from nearly every potential angle.

Christopher L. Hansen, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, Architectural Compliance Reviewer. Working for over a decade at the Utah SHPO, Hansen has reviewed a wide variety of Section 106 and 404 cases and complex issues. Prior to the his work at the Utah SHPO, Hansen did preservation work at the local level in Spokane and Ogden.