To schedule a tourof the State History Research Center contact Greg Walz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Research Libraries in Utah Visit your local university library to find secondary sources such as books and articles. Special Collections at each university house primary source materials on a wide range of topics.
Museums and Historic Sites
Whether you’re working on a project that focuses on local history, national history, or international history, you’ll need both primary and secondary resources to make your project complete. Here are just some of the great places you can look for resources for your project.
We are excited that you’ve decided to do a project for Utah History Day! Thousands of Utah students just like you participate in History Day every year. The best advance to compete at the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C.! Will it be you this year? We hope so! But before you can win, you’ve got to get started! Here’s how:
Research your topic. Start with 3-5 books and articles written by experts (secondary sources). Then begin searching for historical documents, newspaper articles, letters, etc. (primary sources). Find as many primary and secondary sources as you can. Research resources here.
Read theNHD Rule Book. More than a list of rules, this is your essential guide in creating your entry and will answer most of your questions.
Complete your Process Paper and Annotated Bibliography. Learn more about these in the NHD Rule Book. Students should bring 4 copiesof each to the competition.
Register for your local competition. Your first competition may be at your school or district. Registration for Utah’s ten regional contests opens January 1. Look for your contest dates and deadlines here.
What does it cost? IT’S FREE! There is no registration fee for regional or state competitions in Utah.
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.
Can I participate if my school does not? YES! Students may complete a project and enter their local regional competition on their own.
Now that you have thought about the Annual Theme, you can choose a topic to research. History Day projects can focus on Utah, United States, European, or World history.
Make sure that your topic relates clearly to the annual theme, but most importantly, choose a subject that you are passionate about! These are just ideas to help you get your brain started. You are free to choose a topic that does not appear on these lists. The best projects always come from topics that interest you!
When you’re thinking of ideas for your History Day project, be sure to consider Utah history. Why? When you choose a local topic, you’re likely to find a wealth of primary resources right on your doorstep. Here are some great ideas for topics with a Utah angle. And remember, the Utah Division of State History is here to help you succeed!
Explorers, Travel, and Trade in Early Utah
Shoshone, Paiute, Ute, Goshute, Navajo Trade Networks – The Old Spanish Trail
Trappers and the Fur Trade
James Beckwourth, African-American Fur Trader
Peter Skene Ogden
The Donner-Reed Party
John C. Fremont
Stansbury Expedition (UHQ)
John Wesley Powell
Science and Technology in Utah History
Women inventors in Utah Territory (UHQ)
John Wesley Powell’s Geographic Surveys
Paleontology and Utah’s Dinosaur Rush (UHQ)
Dr. John Widtsoe – Father of Dry Farming
Invention of the Television, Philo T. Farnsworth
Thiokol and the Exploration of Space
The Artificial Heart
The Dirty Harry Nuclear Test, Nevada Test Site
Utah’s Missile Launch Sites (UHQ)
Exploring Speed on the Salt Flats
Digital Pathbreakers: WordPerfect and Novell
Utah’s Diverse Cultures
Native American Histories
Walkara and the Walker War
Black Hawk War and Circleville Massacre
Indian Boarding Schools in Utah
Mormon colonization of Deseret
Native American-Mormon Relations in Early Utah
Mormon United Orders/communitarianism
Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution
Mormon-Gentile Relations in 19th Century Utah
Mormon-Federal Encounters & Exchange – The Utah War, Polygamy, Statehood
The Reed-Smoot Hearings – an encounter over Mormon polygamy
Colonel Thomas Kane
Railroad Communities and Cultures
Chinese workers and communities
Corinne – A Railroad Town in Mormon Utah
Legacy of the Golden Spike
Robert Brewster Stanton’s Railroad
Mining in Utah – Work, Trade, and Workers’ Rights
Carbon County – Cultural Crossroads
Bingham Canyon Mining Communities
Labor unions in Utah – United Mine Workers, Western Federation of Miners, National Miner’s Union, United Steelworkers of America,
Joe Hill and the IWW
Utah Copper/Bingham Canyon Strike of 1912
Winter Quarters Mine Disaster
Samuel & Frederick Auerbach, Utah retailers
Simon Bamberger, Utah Governor
Clarion, a Jewish colony
Leonidas Skliris, padrone
Georgia Magerou, midwife
Pacific Islanders and the Iosepa Settlement
Latino immigrants & culture
War brides in Utah
20th Century Refugee Communities
Intellectuals & the Arts
The Salt Lake Theater
Depression and Wartime in Utah
Wartime industry & mobilization
German internees at Fort Douglas
Topaz Japanese Internment Camp
Marriner S. Eccles, architect of the New Deal
Col. Gail Halvorsen, the Candy Bomber
The Civilian Conservation Corps
Civil Rights in Utah
Woman Suffrage and the Mormons
Kanab’s All-Woman Town Council of 1912 (UHQ)
ERA: The Equal Rights Amendment and Women’s Rights in Utah
Stephen Holbrook and Utah’s NAACP (UHRC)
Mormonism and African-Americans
Race Riots and BYU Athletics (UHQ)
Adoption of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in Utah
SOCIO: Spanish Speaking Organization for Community, Integrity, and Opportunity & Armando Solorzano
Berg Halstrom and River Rafting in Utah
International Peace Garden
The Lincoln Highway
Utah’s Highway 89
Utah’s National Parks
Dr. Arthur Leroy Inglesby (UHRC)
Everett Ruess – Canyon Country Explorer
David D. Rust (1874–1963) – Canyon Country Guide
Echo Park Dam Controversy
Glen Canyon Dam/Colorado River Storage Act (1956)
CUP: The Central Utah Project
Ranchers, Rangelands, and Grazing
Grand Staircase and the Federal Antiquities Act
Environmentalists and engineers in Cache Valley, 1965-1990s (UHQ)
Sagebrush Rebellion/Wise Use Movement
The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) in Utah
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