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State History – Annual Themes

Bingham_Canyon_UtahThese annual statewide themes are vetted two years in advanced by the Utah Division of State History, the Utah State Historical Society, and the editorial staff of the Utah Historical Quarterly. If you would like to recommend an annual theme, please do so by writing to statehistory@utah.gov.

The annual theme is used for our annual statewide history conference (usually held in the fall).

Themes are based on noteworthy Utah anniversaries, public history trends, and new and emerging areas of historical interest. State History highly encourages that county, local and regional historical agencies, programs, repositories and societies join us in offering conferences and programs that follow these annual themes. “Preservation and Antiquities” month events also align with the annual themes.

2016 – Rural Utah and Western Issues

2017 – Local Matters

2018 – Transportation and the Utah Landscape (We will celebrate the 150th anniversaries of both the transcontinental railroad and John Wesley Powell’s exploration of the Colorado River.)

2019 – Utah’s Archaeological Past

2020 – Water and the Utah Environment