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Utah State History Brown Bag Presentations

Antisemitism: Past and Contemporary Lessons – Kim Klett is an instructor with the Echoes and Reflections program, which conducts Holocaust education training for teachers nationwide. Echoes is funded by the Anti-Defamation League, the Shoah Foundation, and Yad Vashem. – November 29, 2017

Challenges & Opportunities Facing Rural Libraries in Utah – Utah Division of State Library’s Kari May will discuss challenges and opportunities unique to rural libraries in Utah, ranging from struggling with limited internet connections to serving as active community hubs. – October 3, 2017

A Discussion on Native American Issues in Rural Utah – Utah Division of Indian Affairs’ Shirlee Silversmith and James Toledo will discuss Native American issues in rural Utah. – September 26, 2017

The Role of “Buy Local First” on Rural Utah – Kristen Lavelett, executive director of Buy Local First. She’ll discuss their efforts in rural Utah. This is the first of three brown bags. – September 19, 2017

History Is a Verb: The Utah Social Studies Standard, Utah History Day & Doing History with Robert Austin and Wendy Rex-Atzet
– Robert Austin, K-12 Social Studies Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education discuss the new social studies standards and their impact on teaching history in Utah’s public schools.
Wendy Rex-Atzet, State Coordinator for the Utah History Day program talks about the interaction of this program with students “doing history.” – July 26, 2017

The DUP and Little-Known Stories of Pioneers with Maurine Smith
Maurine Smith, president of Daughters of the Utah Pioneers speaks as part of our lecture series celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Utah State Historical Society. – July 12, 2017

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: The Utah Historical Society in the 1980s with Gary Topping – Join us for the 1st lecture in the July 2017 brown bag series celebrating the 120th anniversary of the Utah State Historical Society. Gary Topping, is a former long-time State History employee and Archivist of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City. – July 5, 2017

Chinese Railroad Workers in Utah (1868-1920) with Chris Merritt Ph.D. – A historical archaeological presentation documenting the Chinese railroad workers in Utah. – May 31, 2017

Salt Lake City & County Building Restoration 1973-1989 with Don Hartley – A review of the restoration work on the City & County Building. – May 34, 2017

Lost and Found: The First Salt Lake City with Laurie Bryant – A look back at the use of adobe brick in the building of Salt Lake City. – May 17, 2017

Utah’s Legacy of Architectural Cast Iron with Robert Baird– Watch the transformation of the ZCMI facade and the importance of cast iron architecture in our history. – May 10, 2017

Bear River Massacre Archaeology: Finding Bia Ogoi by Ken Cannon PhD – The application of historic documents and geomorphology to the understanding of the nineteenth century landscape change of the Bear River Valley, Franklin County, Idaho. – May 3, 2017

Celebrating Carbon County: Revisiting Historic Buildings, Rediscovering a Community Cookbook –  Ronald G. Watt will then take us on a tour of Carbon County by exploring historic buildings – many of them now demolished. Watt will discuss “company stores,” reflective of the mining past, as well as the major structures in Price and Helper: churches, schools, city halls, college campus, courthouse, and the LDS tabernacle. State History’s Heidi Tak and Melissa Coy will highlight a recently rediscovered Carbon County Community Cookbook, created by local residents between 1920 and 1930. – September 21, 2016

“Echoes From The Camp: Sego as a Case Study in Identifying an Industrial Landscape” with Jessica F. Montcalm – May 4, 2016

“An Inside Perspective” with Doug Wright – September 30, 2015

“Copy, Ink, and Diverse Voices: Ethnic and Vernacular Press in Utah History” with Dr. Joel Campbell – September 23, 2015.

“In With a Suitcase, Out With a Truck: Salt Lake City’s Historic Apartment Buildings of the Early 20th Century” with Lisa-Michele Church, J.D. – September 16, 2015.


A Summer Home for the People of Denver: Building Denver’s Mountain Parks, 1910-1940″ with Dr. Wendy Rex-Atzet – September 9, 2015.

Some Things She Should Know: Beauty Culture and Modern Womanhood in Salt Lake City, 1890-1930 with Melissa Coy – September 2, 2015