The commission is offering small grants to encourage Utahns to recognize the impact of WWI in their communities.
Contact Valerie Jacobson (email@example.com) for more information.
Registration for Spring 2018 contests opens in January.
HOW TO REGISTER:
1. Choose the correct contest. Scroll down, looking carefully at the options below. Click on the contest that serves you. (If you’re not sure, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you.)
2. Teachers need to register their schools and themselves before students can register.
3. Students complete one Student Registration form per student. Group projects should designate one student to register first and create the group entry; the remaining group members then select the group project as they complete their own student registrations.
If you attend a public school in one of these districts, you must register and compete in the District-Level contest. Top district entries then advance to the regional level.
Canyons School District – Registration deadline tba
Davis School District – Registration deadline tba
Ogden School District – Registration deadline February 10
Cache Regional (Cache, Box Elder) – Registration deadline February 13
Castle Country Regional (Carbon, Emery) – Registration deadline January 31
Salt Lake Regional (Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele) – Registration deadline February 26
San Juan Regional – Registration deadline February 9
South-Central Regional (Beaver & Iron Counties) -Registration deadline March 7
Utah Valley Regional (Utah County) – Registration deadline January 31
Washington County Regional – Registration deadline February 5
Weber Regional (Weber & Davis Counties) – Registration deadline February 28
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Tie-hacking and logging sites on the North Slope
Christopher W. Merritt, “Wooden Beds for Wooden Heads:” Railroad Tie Cutting in the Uinta Mountains, 1867–1938
To see the historic tie-hacking and logging sites on the Uinta Mountain’s North Slope, take a guided tour with Christopher Merritt. We also provide a gallery of historic photographs of tie-hacking operations and (forthcoming) a conversation with Dr. Merritt on the tools, methodologies, and insights of historical archaeology.
Mary Stevens’ murder: A conversation with Roger Blomquist
Roger Blomquist, “A Most Horrible Crime: The 1908 Murder of Mary Stevens in Orderville, Utah”
We interviewed Roger Blomquist about his research on the murder of Mary Stevens, a young woman from early twentieth-century Orderville, Utah. In our conversation Blomquist shares his perspective on the social dynamics of a close-knit community reeling from a high-profile murder case, details of the case, and what little we know about the short life of Mary Stevens.
Digital copy of James E. Talmage’s diary
Craig R. Smith, “James E. Talmage and the 1895 Deseret Museum Expedition to Southern Utah”
Talmage kept a detailed diary of his explorations during his explorations of southern Utah and northern Arizona geology. This handwritten diary dated July 23, 1894, to December 31, 1895, is located at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Volume 8 of Talmage’s private journal may be found here.
On April 21, 1908, Joseph Stevens found the body of his eighteen-year-old sister in a side canyon of Orderville, Utah. The murder of Mary Stevens–and subsequent conviction of Alvin Heaton Jr.–stunned and divided the small community. We spoke with Roger Blomquist about the murder and its aftermath, as well as the process of investigating such a heart-breaking and little-recognized story.
Roger Blomquist received his PhD at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and taught history at both Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University. His South Pass historical fiction series will have a projected five volumes. For more information, go to rogerblomquist.com. In addition to writing and teaching history, he is an accomplished saddle maker.
Each year National History Day uses a theme to provide a lens to study history. The theme is always broad enough so that you can select topics from any place (local, national, or world history) and any time period. Once you choose your topic, you investigate historical context, historical significance, and the topic’s relationship to the theme by conducting research in libraries, archives, and museums; through oral history interviews; and by visiting historic sites.
This year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise in History, requires you to view history through multiple perspectives. Compromise can sometimes prevent a conflict, but what happens when it does not? If a conflict occurs, how can compromise help to end the conflict? What happens if a failed compromise leads to an even larger conflict? Throughout this academic year, you will need to ask yourself these questions and more.
Utah History Day is Utah’s official National History Day affiliate. Formerly called Utah History Fair, this program has operated continuously in Utah since 1980. Last year, more than 5,000 Utah students in 4th through 12th grade participated in History Day, learning how to conduct real historical research and then create a final project that showcases their work. Students present their projects in a series of contests beginning at the school or district level and advancing through regional and state competitions. Utah’s top entries qualify to compete at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C., each June.
History Day brings history to life for students as they discover the past by choosing a topic from local, national, or world history, conducting their own research, and drawing reasoned conclusions based on historical evidence. Students who participate in History Day do much more than memorize facts from a textbook, they develop their abilities in reading, writing, critical thinking, and creative presentation. History Day builds a host of college and career ready skills while inspiring students to strive for excellence. Learn more about students’ great experiences!
Can I participate if my school does not? YES! Students may complete a project and enter their local regional competition on their own. No teacher sponsor is necessary to compete as an independent student.
Who can participate? Any Utah student in grades 4-12. Utah History Day is open to children who attend public, private, parochial, charter, online, or home schools.
What does it cost? It’s FREE! There is no registration fee for regional or state competitions in Utah.
Utah History Day is operated by the Utah Division of State History at the historic Rio Grande Depot in Salt Lake City, home of the Utah State Historical Society, Library and Collections, Utah Historical Quarterly, and next door to the Utah State Archives. We appreciate your excitement, commitment, and passion for this program!
Utah History Day
Division of State History
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
National History Day (NHD) is a non-profit education organization that offers year-long academic programs to students around the world. Students enter research-based projects into contests at the local and affiliate levels, where the top student projects have the opportunity to advance to the National Contest at the University of Maryland at College Park.
History is Gaining a New Future in Carbon Schools, Sun Advocate, October 19, 2017.
Don’t Know Much about History? These Students Do, Salt Lake Tribune, April 29, 2017.
“History Repeats Itself: Nine Students make Washington, D.C. Competition,” West Valley Journal, August 2017, p. 4.
62 Utah Students Qualify for National History Day Contest in DC, Deseret News, May 10, 2017.
“Belknap 2017 History Fair,” The Beaver County Journal, March 22, 2017, p. 6.
Utah Students Excel at National History Day Competition, KCSG Television, 17 June 2016.
St. George Students Head to National History Competition, St. George Daily Spectrum, 26 May, 2016.
Utah History Day Showcases student research and presentations, The Pyramid, 14 April, 2016.
Seven Local Historians Qualify for National Competition, ETV10 News, 26 April, 2016.
Carbon High Students Compete at National History Fair, ETV10 News, July 21, 2015.
Two Catholic Students Advance to National History Day Competition, Intermountain Catholic, May 8, 2015.
Layton Students Headed to National History Fair, Ogden Standard Examiner, May 6, 2015
Legacy and Leadership at History Fair, San Juan Record, March 25, 2015.
Carbon, Emery, and Grand Students Compete in History Day Fair, ETV10 News, March 19, 2015.
Students Ponder Leadership and Legacy in History at Utah History Day Contest in Price, ETV10 News, March 6, 2015.
Local Students Learn, Compete, and Explore at National History Day, ETV10 News, July 1, 2014.
Student Competition Takes Historical Look at Rights and Responsibilities, Deseret News, April 24, 2014.
Kaysville Sixth Graders Headed to National History Contest, Standard Examiner, May 7, 2014.
St. Joseph Students Speak Before the Senate on H.B. 64, Intermountain Catholic, February 28, 2014.
Utah Students Do Well at National History Day, June 20, 2013.
Olivia Baird Selected to Participate in US Freedom Pavilion Grand Opening,
Deseret News, March 5, 2013.