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Utah State History Utah State History is home to the Utah Historical Quarterly, Utah State Historical Society, Research Library and Collections, the State Historic Preservation Office (archaeology and historic buildings), and Antiquities Section.
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State History is a state agency. We're part of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts.

Mission: Preserving and sharing the past for the present and future.

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🎭  A Souvenir Fan ca. 1892 from the 1200th performance of “Men and Women” by Charles Frohman Co. performed at the Hollis...
12/31/2020

🎭 A Souvenir Fan ca. 1892 from the 1200th performance of “Men and Women” by Charles Frohman Co. performed at the Hollis Street Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Each wooden section of the fan carries a signature from an actor in the play and their role. One of these signatures is by Maude Adams who played Dora Prescott. The part of Dora Prescott was specially written for Maude on request of Charles Frohman to the writers David Belasco and Henry C. de Mille. Frohman was a powerful producer, and is credited with bringing Maude to stardom.

Maude Adams is connected to Utah intiially through her grandparents, who were first generation converts to the LDS faith and pioneers. Maude's grandfather was a labourer whose work cutting and hewing lumber on the Salt Lake Theatre was awarded with tickets to the theatre. Annie Adams, Maude's mother, attended the opening night of the Salt Lake Theatre in 1862, and thus began a lifelong dedication to the art of the theatre. Annie debuted on stage at the Salt Lake Theatre in 1865 and was cast in leading roles 6 months later. Annie married James Kiskadden, an Irish immigrant and Mormon “Gentile” in 1869. Maude was born 3 years later in 1871, and 9 months later she made her first appearance in a one act farce called “The Lost Child”, and so began an accomplished acting career.

Maude Adams is best known for her portrayal of Peter Pan in J. M. Barries’ play of the same name in 1905. During this time Maude was earning a whopping $20,000 a month making her the highest paid actress of the time. Maude performed in multiple plays until her retirement in 1918 after a bout with Influenza. Maude was a creative tour de force, helping design costumes and organize stage production. Even after her retirement from theatre, Maude was a pioneering force for stage production. She used her considerable wealth and stage expertise to develop improved stage lighting. Her resulting research led to the creation of the then largest incandescent lamp using tungsten filament that emitted 60,000 candlepower of illumination. Maude did not patten her work, resulting in General Electric, her collaborator on the project, to take it for themselves removing her name from the record. Maude Lamps became the standard in theatre and film production. Bassett Jones, a collaborator on the Tungsten lamps said of Maude “She completely revamped the whole art of stagecraft—setting and lighting…In my opinion, Maude Adams was the greatest production artist this country ever saw.”

Maude Adams became the head of the drama department at Stephens College in Columbia Missouri in 1937 where she taught until the age of 78. She never married, and lived with her long term partner Louise Boynton for 45 years until Boynton’s death in 1951. Maude passed away in 1953 at the age of 80. Maude and Louise share a headstone in Long Island, New York.
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Any questions? Please contact the Research Center : https://history.utah.gov/library-collections/

12/29/2020

If its Tuesday, then its time for archaeology!

❄️ ☃️ ❄️  Asahel Woodruff residence, 1636 South 500 East, Salt Lake City, Utah.December 18th, 1913Classified Photograph ...
12/26/2020

❄️ ☃️ ❄️ Asahel Woodruff residence, 1636 South 500 East, Salt Lake City, Utah.
December 18th, 1913
Classified Photograph Collection, photo number 16003

Any questions? Contact the Research Center : https://history.utah.gov/library-collections/

⭐️ 🎄 📰  Salt Lake Tribune Christmas tree, December 20th, 1953.Happy Merry everyone! 🎅MSS C 400 Salt Lake Tribune Negativ...
12/24/2020

⭐️ 🎄 📰 Salt Lake Tribune Christmas tree, December 20th, 1953.

Happy Merry everyone! 🎅

MSS C 400 Salt Lake Tribune Negative Collection, photo number 30227

You are a part of history. The Utah Division of State History and the Utah State Historical Society invite you to share ...
12/23/2020
You Are a Part of History:

You are a part of history. The Utah Division of State History and the Utah State Historical Society invite you to share your experiences from 2020. We will collect the experiences we receive and make them available to the public in 2021. The experiences will be anonymous. Click https://form.jotform.com/203554817256055 to submit your experiences (and a photo, if you’d like). We will be accepting submissions until mid-January 2021.

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The Site Stewardship Program is delighted to unveil our brand new logo!! We were partial to the footprint logo ourselves...
12/22/2020

The Site Stewardship Program is delighted to unveil our brand new logo!! We were partial to the footprint logo ourselves because it feels representative of following in the footsteps of the past... and of course it represents hiking! We're thrilled that so many of you agreed. 😀 👣 😀

💡 📏 📊  New manuscript collection!  The LDS Hospital Medical Researchers Oral History Project, 2005-2006.MSS B 2023, 2 bo...
12/19/2020

💡 📏 📊 New manuscript collection! The LDS Hospital Medical Researchers Oral History Project, 2005-2006.
MSS B 2023, 2 boxes

The collection contains 38 oral history audiocassette recordings and transcripts conducted with nine medical pioneers who made major contributions to medical advancements during their time at LDS Hospital. Also includes each doctor's curriculum vitae.

Finding aid : https://bit.ly/34q8bO9

Photo cred : https://bit.ly/3nBeOF6

Please contact the Research Center with any questions : https://history.utah.gov/library-collections/

🌄 🏜️ 🏝️  New manuscript collection! The Oregon-California Trails Association : Utah Crossroads Chapter Collection, 1982 ...
12/17/2020

🌄 🏜️ 🏝️ New manuscript collection! The Oregon-California Trails Association : Utah Crossroads Chapter Collection, 1982 -
MSS B 2023, 36 boxes

Utah Crossroads, a chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association, is dedicated to preserving, studying, and identifying the long distance historic trails developed and used by various voyagers and pioneer settlers from the early 1800s through the 1870s.

Series I contains Oregon-California Trails Association projects, presentations, research materials, field trip and tour guides, trail guides, photocopies of emigrant journals, historical journal publications and newsletters, institutional correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records. Series II contains maps used for research tours, and trail marking.

Finding aid : https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTmh5ZolbZodP-mrYGv3U92JS_9iOyiSivyVIXUAFv2-dbB8Bpt9Gylr_swJi7z1371_-XK566NBOrc/pub

Image information : https://bit.ly/3nkYJTK

Please contact the Research Center with any questions : https://history.utah.gov/library-collections/collections/

🎄 ☃️ ✨  This holiday card ca. 1960 from the John F. Kennedy family was sent to Eugene Jelesnik, an entertainer, musician...
12/12/2020

🎄 ☃️ ✨ This holiday card ca. 1960 from the John F. Kennedy family was sent to Eugene Jelesnik, an entertainer, musician, talent show host, and entrepreneur in Salt Lake City who was born in 1914 in Ukraine. It is signed by the future 35th President of the United States with his personal nickname, "Jack." Jelesnik met John F. Kennedy as he was running for president in 1960 during an interview on Jelesnik’s KSL show, Talent Showcase. Although a brief interview, Kennedy left quite an impression on Jelesnik. He was struck by how the President’s back brace caused him to walk and sit in a very stiff way, almost like a soldier in a parade. Thus, after his election he composed “The JFK March” which premiered at the 1962 Days of ‘47 Concert and toured in the USO.

Artifact no. 1996-069-375
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For more information about this and other items in the Utah State Historical Society Collection, please feel free to contact the Research Center. We'd love to hear from you.
http://heritage.utah.gov/history/library-collections-history

For Allyson ❤️
12/10/2020

For Allyson ❤️

📚 ✏️ 🎓  All Hallows College located at 400 East 200 South, Salt Lake City. December 10th, 1908Here's an article about th...
12/10/2020

📚 ✏️ 🎓 All Hallows College located at 400 East 200 South, Salt Lake City.

December 10th, 1908

Here's an article about the college written by archivist at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City Gary Topping:
https://bit.ly/3gvBweK

Mss C 275 Shipler Commercial Photographers Collection
Photo 08828
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Feel free to contact the Research Center with any Utah history related questions. We're always happy to hear from you! ❤️
https://history.utah.gov/library-collections/

The Utah Cultural Site Stewardship Program has exciting news... we'll let our newbie introduce himself:Howdy! I’m Ian Wr...
12/08/2020

The Utah Cultural Site Stewardship Program has exciting news... we'll let our newbie introduce himself:

Howdy! I’m Ian Wright, the new Cultural Site Stewardship Coordinator for the Utah Division of State History. I grew up in Salt Lake City, but our family also spent a great deal of time in Utah's West Desert. This is where I gained an appreciation and understanding about the value of protecting our unique cultural resources. My professional background is in community engagement, education and Great Basin archeology. I am very much looking forward to focusing this accumulated experience into SHPO’s Site Stewardship program.

I attended Snow College, and then Southern Utah University where I received a degree in history. After performing archaeological work throughout Utah and Nevada, I shifted into the energy education sector, directing nationwide community education programs and developing strategic partnerships for one of the nation's leading nonprofit organizations in energy education. During that time, I earned a Masters in Arts and Community Leadership from Westminster College while continuing to maintain one foot in the world of archeology by participating in field work and chairing my city’s Historic Preservation Board.

I currently live in Salt Lake City with my wife Tyra, one-year-old son Conrad, our dog Buffalo and a DNR-adopted desert tortoise named Winston. Outside of work I can be found in my woodshop or out visiting archaeological or cultural sites that I have read about. I look forward to working with you!

Senior public historian Brad Westwood is a CultureBytes podcast guest here, musing about the micro-ethnic communities th...
12/03/2020
Culture Bytes - Season 2, Episode 15: Salt Lake West Side Stories with UDHA

Senior public historian Brad Westwood is a CultureBytes podcast guest here, musing about the micro-ethnic communities that thrived around the Pioneer Park neighborhood. He also describes the SLC’s Progressive Era idea of running one big brothel for the city. In what neighborhood do you think this ill-conceived facility was placed? Take a listen.

This week we spoke with Brad Westwood, the Senior Historian at the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts about the new blog series Salt Lake West Side Stories: A History of the Pioneer Park Neighborhood. This serial blog series explores the history of the Pioneer Park Neighborhood and the many differ...

🎄✨☃️ Hinkley Family at Home snapshot (from left to right) : Robert H. Hinckley, Jr., Mrs. Robert H. Hinckley, and Paul R...
12/03/2020

🎄✨☃️ Hinkley Family at Home snapshot (from left to right) : Robert H. Hinckley, Jr., Mrs. Robert H. Hinckley, and Paul Ray Hinckley decorating Christmas tree. Elizabeth Hinckley and Robert H. Hinckley, seated; John Seely Hinckley standing, indoors, 1940 December 24.

MSS C 1977 The Ray King Photograph Collection, 1918-1951

https://history.utah.gov/library-collections/

Happy Native American Heritage Day!We heard about a cool thing: there's an archaeology film coming out that will co-star...
11/27/2020
New archaeology movie will feature familiar faces - Navajo Times

Happy Native American Heritage Day!

We heard about a cool thing: there's an archaeology film coming out that will co-star Indigenous actors playing Indigenous characters!! https://bit.ly/37bHOfg

This is huge: time and time again Indigenous actors have been overlooked for roles, even roles where they would play Indigenous characters. I'm thrilled to see these Dine, Cherokee, and Quechua-Huachipaeri actors in a film about Earl and Axtell Morris.

A movie about a pioneering female archaeologist being filmed on the Navajo Nation will feature some familiar Diné faces, possibly including a cameo by President Jonathan Nez.

Take a virtual tour of the John Jarvie Ranch Museum! https://bit.ly/2FqyslTOur archaeologists have been hard at work cre...
11/24/2020

Take a virtual tour of the John Jarvie Ranch Museum! https://bit.ly/2FqyslT

Our archaeologists have been hard at work creating new classroom curricula for the Ranch, and they took some beautiful photos of the artifacts associated with this old homestead/outlaw hangout.

Tomorrow we are so excited to have Ralph Burrillo join us for NMC Stewardship talking about his research into the archae...
11/24/2020
Borderlands: Collision and Coalescence in the Culture History of SE Utah

Tomorrow we are so excited to have Ralph Burrillo join us for NMC Stewardship talking about his research into the archaeology of Bears Ears!

He's looking at this place as a borderlands: at almost every given instance in its spectacular prehistory, history, and modernity, the Bears Ears area is the interdigitating limit where different peoples meet, articulate, and assume entirely new and novel sociocultural expressions within what is operatively a cultural crucible that never cools.

Check us out tomorrow at noon:

Join UPAN, Nine Mile Canyon Coalition, and Project Discovery as we celebrate Nine Mile Canyon Stewardship Day!

According to Harry F. Campbell's book Campbell's Tokens of Utah, "J. H. Stilwell and Despain had a general store, billia...
11/21/2020

According to Harry F. Campbell's book Campbell's Tokens of Utah, "J. H. Stilwell and Despain had a general store, billiard and pocket billiard hall in (Alta, UT) 1910-30. They also had a store in Sandy, UT."

Trade or good-for tokens were a common substitute for government-issued legal tender or currency, especially in times of coin shortages. Many businesses would have tokens stamped with a value stated on them along with the business name or a name known in that area of distribution.

The token as exchange medium was used up until the 1950’s, and thereafter tokens have been used more in arcades and entertainment establishments.

Artifact no. 2010-002-001

http://cloud1.rediscoverysoftware.com:85/ProficioWebModule/Detail.aspx?rID=2010-002-001&db=objects&dir=HISTORY&osearch=alta%2520token&list=res&rname=&rimage=&page=1

Please contact the Research Center with any questions :

https://history.utah.gov/library-collections/

November is Native American Month, so please listen to the “Speak Your Piece” podcast with Darren Parry, regarding the B...
11/20/2020
Speak Your Piece | Utah Department of Heritage & Arts

November is Native American Month, so please listen to the “Speak Your Piece” podcast with Darren Parry, regarding the Bear River Massacre (1863), his book “The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History (2019),” and the Northwest Band of the Shoshone’s planned interpretive center on the Boa Ogoi.

THE NEW 2021COMMEMERATION (Jan. 29) WILL BE STREAMED LIVE ON-LINE, ONLY A SMALL GROUP OF TRIBAL MEMBERS WILL BE ATTENDING THE ON-SITE PROGRAM, OUTSIDE OF PRESTON, IDAHO.

You may also find the "Speak Your Piece" podcast at: https://www.buzzsprout.com/774314

https://heritageandarts.utah.gov/speak-your-piece/

Speak Your Piece A Podcast About Utah's History Season 1 | Hosted by Brad Westwood The past is never truly “in the past.” It’s all around us, it informs us. It speaks to both our shared and to our separate identities. “Speak Your Piece” is a podcast where contributors share their insights ...

Hoskaninni-BegayCharles Kelly, photographerClassified Collection, photo no. 14390For more information please contact the...
11/19/2020

Hoskaninni-Begay

Charles Kelly, photographer

Classified Collection, photo no. 14390

For more information please contact the Research Center
https://bit.ly/2XhMj4P

New, never before seen aerial photography of Utah's archaeological sites... yes please! Join us on Zoom tomorrow at noon...
11/17/2020

New, never before seen aerial photography of Utah's archaeological sites... yes please!

Join us on Zoom tomorrow at noon as we welcome Dr. Jody Patterson to our Nine Mile Canyon Stewardship celebration. He will show us how he has been conducting aerial archaeology by plane over eastern Utah.

https://bit.ly/AerialArchaeology

Donor George E. Larsen was the last acting Admiral of the Ute Last Squad, a fraternal organization established in 1958 f...
11/14/2020

Donor George E. Larsen was the last acting Admiral of the Ute Last Squad, a fraternal organization established in 1958 for Utah veterans who served in World War I. The fraternity originally had 120 members from all over Utah, many of whom were also members of the American Legion. The group held regular reunions for fellowship and reminiscing at their headquarters in Spanish Fork over the course of twenty-five years, and officially scheduled their disbandment when there were only eight surviving members left. One of the squad veterans, George E. Natter, made this chest for the organization's members to store personal WWI memorabilia. It was built out of wood taken from the roll top desk of Judge Tilman Johnson after his retirement. The brass Native American head and fittings were made by George E. Larsen from salvaged Japanese shells used in Okinawa during WWII. The chest acted as a time capsule for the squad and it was later re-opened by members before the organization's dissolution. It and its contents were formally bequeathed to the Utah State Historical Society in 1983.

An online exhibit of the some of the contents of the Ute Last Squad chest can be found here :
http://cloud1.rediscoverysoftware.com:85/ProficioWebModule/Exhibit.aspx?rID=Ute%20Last%20Squad&dir=HISTORY

See also George E. Larson Papers, 1940-1983, MSS B 1197, Boxes 1-2.

Please contact the Research Center with any questions : https://history.utah.gov/library-collections/

#ArchivesVeterans

Almost fifty years, and after six unsuccessful attempls, on Jan. 4, 1896 (125 years this January) Utah became a state. I...
11/13/2020
Speak Your Piece

Almost fifty years, and after six unsuccessful attempls, on Jan. 4, 1896 (125 years this January) Utah became a state. In the below "Speak Your Piece" podcast, a four part series, Brad Westwood interviews Dr. Leo Lyman (author of the 2019 award winning book "Statehood Finally! published by Signature Books ) about all the stories you never heard in your 7th grade or college level Utah History classes.

The past is never truly “in the past.” It’s all around us, it informs us. It speaks to both our shared and to our separate identities. “Speak Your Piece” is a podcast where contributors share their insights and discoveries about Utah’s past. When a nation, a community or an individual lo...

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My Grandfather was working in Utah, and when he moved back to Sweden 1912 he brought back the item pictured. It is about 1-1/4" in diameter. Does anyone know what it represents? Thank You and have a good Holiday.
Larks connection with the Bingham Canyon mine.
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An Interview recorded by Alice Evelyn Sadler Goble in 1975 of her cousin, Nellie Hardman Prescott (1891 - 1990), her childhood memories of Coonville, the southern most part of Pleasant Green (Known modernly as Magna, Utah). Nellie was 84 years old at the time of the interview.
Original Abraham Coon history presentation from about 1976. It has original photographs from Coonville (the south part of Magna, pioneer town of Pleasant Green) and correct identification of some of the homes and home sites.
Question. Did the LDS Church throw out Polygamy in 1890 just for the sake of becoming a legal state in America and disregarding all that Joseph Smith brought forward? Is Utah moving back to Polygamy by decriminalize it? In the words of current Chief Justice Roberts regarding changes after the approval of same sex marriages, "If a same-sex couple has the constitutional right to marry because their children would otherwise 'suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser,' antem ... why wouldn't the same reasoning apply to a family of three or more persons raising children?" he asked.
Hello from Wales.... Would anyone be able to advise me on tracing my Welsh/American family who lived in Salt Lake City until the late 2000's. I had lost contact with them and they have since passed...hoping to pick up the thread. Kindest regards, Seimon.
Did anyone on here ever know Harold and Mary Osborne. Harold was a WW1 vet, and also raised a certain breed of dog, I can't remember. I used to clean house for them in the early 80's and I would love to have a picture of them, they were good people❤️ They lived somewhere on the east side of town
Our founding document. Today we commemorate our historic founding by the county court, July 21, 1874. Though today we are known as the Magna Township, our original name was Pleasant Green. Few know of our rich pioneer history three generations before industry came along. Mark this day on your calendars and keep it marked for the years that come, because this is our day. --Photo by Robert Goble