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

🐟  Tommy Kelly, In Front of Scott Hardware, 5/27/38.MSS C 321 Clifton Bray Photograph CollectionBox 22, No. 1220-AHave a...
05/16/2020

🐟 Tommy Kelly, In Front of Scott Hardware, 5/27/38.

MSS C 321 Clifton Bray Photograph Collection
Box 22, No. 1220-A

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05/14/2020
COVID 19 Memory Project | Utah Division of State History

📜 Announcing the Covid-19 Memory Project designed for K-12 students to share their experiences during this unique time in our history. Student responses will become part of a permanent historical collection retained by Utah Division of State History that will help future generations learn about what life was like during the Covid-19 pandemic in Utah. You can find more information here :

COVID 19 Memory Project Amy Barry April 30, 2020 K-12 The Covid-19 Memory Project is designed for K-12 students to share their experiences during this unique time in our history. Student responses will become part of a permanent historical collection retained by Utah Division of State History that w...

If you can’t wait to read the version of Thomas G. Andrew’s 2019 keynote address, “The Great Epizootic of 1872-73 and th...
05/12/2020

If you can’t wait to read the version of Thomas G. Andrew’s 2019 keynote address, “The Great Epizootic of 1872-73 and the Deep History of Humans, Equines, and Influenza,” to be published in a forthcoming issue of Utah Historical Quarterly, you can listen to its entirety on our YouTube channel.
https://bit.ly/3cpENJP

And if that is not enough to sate your appetite while waiting for the article hot off the presses, read these past UHQ articles that discuss the influenza pandemic touched off by World War I and the war itself.

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Cultural Response:
https://bit.ly/3fCiYsx

World War I: Centennial Issue:
https://bit.ly/2SWNOlX

🌷 Happy Mother's Day!Mother's Day Fashions - Makoff's -Shot 2May 1956MSS C 400 Salt Lake Tribune Negative CollectionPhot...
05/10/2020

🌷 Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Fashions - Makoff's -Shot 2
May 1956

MSS C 400 Salt Lake Tribune Negative Collection
Photo number 35655-1

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 8, 1895)The final address of the Constitutional Convention was given by John Henry S...
05/08/2020

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 8, 1895)
The final address of the Constitutional Convention was given by John Henry Smith, President of the Convention. “Gentlemen of the Convention, in these, the closing moments, I can but express my regard for every one of you. I thank you for your kindly treatment of myself, and I trust that the result of the experience through which we have gone will indeed accomplish in every sense in the breast of every one of us, the ideas embodied in the remarks of Mr. Varian. We came together as strangers, no doubt with views diverse in many respects from each other, and many of us but little acquainted with the transaction of public business of this character. We have fought the fight, we have finished this work, so far as it has been entrusted to our care. We have placed it in the hands of the proper officers and I have no doubt that the results of the labors that you have performed will be all that you desire, and that in the future commonwealth, when it shall be established, a body of freemen who have loved liberty, and who have labored in preparing and presenting to the people the instrument under which they shall live, will look with pride upon the labors that they have performed. I feel to invoke the Divine blessing upon you, that wherever you may go or wherever you may live, the blessing of Heaven may attend you, and that its peace may be around you, and that you may be guarded and directed in the paths of uprightness, and that you ever may be enabled to maintain and sustain the principles of government established in our nation, and have joy and satisfaction in seeing your children appreciate the blessings that you have sought to bestow upon them.
Thanking you for your kindness again, and praying that Heaven's blessing may ever attend you and yours, I will give way. I think it is the design now to close by calling upon the oldest member of the house to offer benediction Mr. Raleigh.”
Mr. Raleigh offered the benediction and the Convention adjourned at 2:36 pm.

Utah State Archives and Records Service @utahstatearchives
You can view the “Transcript of Proceedings; 66th Day: Wednesday, May 8, 1895” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/1333/rec/60
You can view the “Roll call book” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/1649/rec/1
You can view the “Federal enabling act” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/8292 http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/8292/rec/2
You can view the “Constitution of the State of Utah” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3214/id/1

You can also view the “Smith, John Henry” photograph https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6ck0ch2

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 8, 1895)Towards the end of the final session, Mr. Varian stated, “Mr. President, I s...
05/08/2020

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 8, 1895)
Towards the end of the final session, Mr. Varian stated, “Mr. President, I simply want to say, before that motion shall be made, which I shall withhold, if necessary, for other gentlemen to present any remarks that they may have to make, that in my judgment, we may well take a minute of time before finally concluding our labors, by adopting the order of final adjournment in congratulating each other because of the fact that this Convention has demonstrated, beyond the peradventure of a doubt, that all that was needed here in this Territory of Utah, in order to unify its people, was to bring together its representatives from every section and locality in the commonwealth, that they might look into each other's faces, ascertain each other's motives, learn to judge and believe in each other, as members of one common family. I believe that this result has been accomplished by this Convention. I believe that every man who has been a member here, has been liberalized in his views, has been taught by his fellowmen that, after all, we are very much alike, that the same passions, and the same motives, actuate us all.
We have been taught also that underlying everything here has been the one idea of duty -- duty born of the circumstances, fraught with great consequences, which has impelled every man on this floor, during the past two months, to give his best endeavors toward the sought-for result. I do not believe that any gentleman that has participated in the labors of this Convention can possibly carry away with him any other conviction than that it is his bounden duty to stand by and support the results of the joint labors of the Convention. Called together for this especial purpose, building up and lifting up a commonwealth, all the dead past has been buried, nothing remains but to set our faces toward the rising sun of the future, using all our endeavors to carry on the work set before us, conscious that if we fail in the end, nevertheless that we at least can say, we have labored diligently and faithfully, we have fought the good fight, we have kept the faith. In this fraternal spirit towards all of you, gentlemen, I now move that this Convention do adjourn sine die.”

Utah State Archives and Records Service @utahstatearchives
You can view the “Transcript of Proceedings; 66th Day: Wednesday, May 8, 1895” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/1333/rec/60

You can also view the “Charles Stetson Varian” photographs https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6j109vr, https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6sf33vq

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 8, 1895)Governor West addressed the Convention. “Mr. President and gentlemen of the ...
05/08/2020

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 8, 1895)
Governor West addressed the Convention. “Mr. President and gentlemen of the Convention, I assure you that when I came to this house this morning I did not expect to be called upon to say a word, and in fact if I had known that I should, while it is a very great and distinguished pleasure to be here, to see the last act in the making of this Constitution, I believe I would have been deterred. I do not recall just this minute how many days you gentlemen have been here engaged in the making and listening to speeches. Sixty-six, I am informed. It seems to me that in that time you certainly have got enough of talking, but as you have done me the honor to call upon me, for which I thank you very much indeed, I do wish to say now, that your labors, in my judgment, have been brought to a successful conclusion.
While I might not agree with everything that is incorporated into the Constitution, as I have no doubt many of you do not, still, as a whole, I fully and cordially, as the ninety-eight gentlemen, who have been engaged in making it, vote aye, and in voting aye, I believe I voice the sentiments of the people of Utah almost unanimously. As you had differences of opinion as to what ought to go into the Constitution, as you discussed those questions, there was heat and animation in the discussion, and some probably thought at the time, “I will not vote for a Constitution, if such a principle is put into it.” But as time has gone on, as you have gone from this house, and at night upon your pillows thought of the great work that you were doing, I am glad that when you come here upon the final vote you come with a unanimity that bespeaks the adoption of the Constitution, and the successful inauguration of Utah as one of the great States of the Union. And as opposition and as the differences disappear, as the frost does by the bright glance of the sun, in your mind, so it will throughout the Territory, with the people, and they will rally to your support, they will endorse your work, as well and faithfully done. And there will go up from the anxious hearts of this great people one great acclaim of rejoicing, that Utah is dis-enthralled, that she is clothed with the full power of a great, free, American State, and a full, complete, perfect, and strong part of the greatest Republic that the history of the world has ever known.”

Utah State Archives and Records Service @utahstatearchives
You can view the “Transcript of Proceedings; 66th Day: Wednesday, May 8, 1895” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/1333/rec/60

You can also view the “Salt Lake City, City and County Building P.4” photograph https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s69g73rw

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 8, 1895)From 9:40am to 11:55am the Constitution was taken up for final reading. At t...
05/08/2020

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 8, 1895)
From 9:40am to 11:55am the Constitution was taken up for final reading. At the end of the reading, Mr. Richards said, “Mr. President, I move that the Constitution be now adopted, and the roll be called and each delegate sign the Constitution as his name is called, and that absent members be permitted to sign at any time before the 15th day of October, 1895.”
The motion was agreed to and roll was called. There were 99 ayes and 8 absent.

Utah State Archives and Records Service @utahstatearchives
You can view the “Transcript of Proceedings; 66th Day: Wednesday, May 8, 1895” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/1333/rec/60

You can also view the “Richards, Franklin S.” photograph https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6dj7dr7

Happy 75th Anniversary of V-E Day! V-E Day -Shot 2, May 8th, 1945MSS C 400 Salt Lake Tribune Negative Collection, photo ...
05/08/2020

Happy 75th Anniversary of V-E Day!

V-E Day -Shot 2, May 8th, 1945

MSS C 400 Salt Lake Tribune Negative Collection, photo number 6119

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 7, 1895)Mr. Thurman proposed to add one word, “conveyed,” in miscellaneous article, ...
05/07/2020

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 7, 1895)
Mr. Thurman proposed to add one word, “conveyed,” in miscellaneous article, section 2. Allowing women to control their property.
“Mr. THURMAN: Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to offer one word in addition as an amendment to the miscellaneous article. In section 2, “real and personal estate of every female acquired before marriage, and all property to which she may afterwards become entitled by purchase, gift, grant, inheritance, or devise, shall be and remain the estate and property of such female, and shall not be liable for the debts, obligations, or engagements of her husband, and may be devised or bequeathed by her as if she were unmarried.” I move after the words “may be” to insert the word “conveyed.” The effect of the amendment is to give married women the right to convey their property by a deed as well as to bequeath or devise it by a will. “Convey” is omitted in the article as it stands.
The PRESIDENT: There is no objection, so we will accept it.”

Utah State Archives and Records Service @utahstatearchives
You can view the “Transcript of Proceedings; 65th Day: Tuesday, May 7, 1895” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/5204/rec/59

You can also view the “Big Cottonwood Canyon – Brighton p.31” photograph. Mr. James Henry Moyle gave this cabin to his wife, Alice E. Dinwoody, as a wedding gift. They were married November 17, 1887. https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6k9524d

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 6, 1895)At the beginning of the session on April 26th, a communication was read from...
05/06/2020

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 6, 1895)
At the beginning of the session on April 26th, a communication was read from N. W. Clayton, inviting the members of the Convention to an excursion to Saltair Beach. The action of the invitation was deferred until the end of the session.
Today, the trip to Saltair was discussed again. Mr. Thoreson was in favor of taking the trip that afternoon while Mr. Evans of Weber county, Mr. Chidester, and Mr. Whitney were not in favor.
“Mr. THORESON: Mr. President, I move we accept the invitation of the railway company for a trip to Saltair at 3 p. m. to-day.
The PRESIDENT: The train goes at 2:15.
Mr. EVANS (Weber): Mr. President, if there is work for this Convention to do, I am opposed to going out to Saltair at all to-day. We ought to finish our work before we go on any more junketing tours.
Mr. CHIDESTER: Mr. President, I amend the motion by saying that we decline the invitation.
Mr. WHITNEY: With thanks.
Mr. THORESON: Mr. President, I arise to a point of order on the amendment. We have accepted the invitation. It is a mere fixing of the time, and the only way we can do away with it is to reconsider the motion on which we accepted the invitation.
Mr. SQUIRES: Mr. President, I am going to try to get rid of this motion of Mr. Chidester's by moving to lay upon the table the motion to decline the invitation. After we have once accepted it, it seems to me a little discourteous.
Mr. PRESIDENT: The chair will sustain the point of order of Mr. Thoreson.
Mr. EVANS ( Weber): Mr. President, I move to postpone the fixing of the time indefinitely.
The motion was rejected.
The motion of Mr. Thoreson was agreed to.”
The Convention adjourned at 1:05 p.m.

Utah State Archives and Records Service @utahstatearchives
You can view the “Transcript of Proceedings; 64th Day: Monday, May 6, 1895” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/5231/rec/58

You can also view the “Saltair P.29” photograph (1896) https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6cz3n7q

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 5, 1895)There were three articles in the Salt Lake Tribune related to the end of the...
05/05/2020

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 5, 1895)
There were three articles in the Salt Lake Tribune related to the end of the Constitutional Convention and also included one article related to an argument between Mr. Ivins and Mr. Thurman. The Salt Lake Herald-Republican chose to publish an article stating that “a free pass to public officers is designated as a bribe” and should be prohibited.

You can view the newspaper articles on Utah Digital Newspapers
Salt Lake Tribune 1895-05-05 “The End is in Sight” - https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64j1qmd/12624834
Salt Lake Tribune 1895-05-05 “Two More Days Will End It” - https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64j1qmd/12624771
Salt Lake Tribune 1895-05-05 “The Document Completed” - https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64j1qmd/12624859
Salt Lake Tribune 1895-05-05 “Ivins-Thurman Spat” - https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s64j1qmd/12624693
Salt Lake Herald-Republican 1895-05-05 “Should be Prohibited” - https://newspapers.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6dv2rtg/11309899

The good folks over at Utah State Historic Preservation Office have launched into Utah’s Archaeology and Historic Preser...
05/05/2020

The good folks over at Utah State Historic Preservation Office have launched into Utah’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month head first! Here are the events they have planned for this week:
Today - learn how you can help to combat archaeological vandalism this summer
Tomorrow - check out the new educational curricula we made about the John Jarvie Ranch!
Thursday - we revisit the human remains story from last week and discover just who these people were
Friday - SHPO has teamed up with Science Moab to talk about Indigenous knowledge of both our ecological present and archaeological past

And there’s more where that came from! Like and follow Utah State Historic Preservation Office hear about all the (social distancing friendly!) events they have planned.

https://history.utah.gov/celebrate-archaeology-and-historic-preservation-month-with-us/

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 4, 1895)The following arrangement was reported and adopted for the proposed articles...
05/04/2020

Utah Constitutional Convention (May 4, 1895)
The following arrangement was reported and adopted for the proposed articles in the Constitution.
1. Preamble and Declaration of Rights.
2. Boundaries.
3. Ordinance.
4. Elections and Rights of Suffrage.
5. Distribution of Power.
6. Legislative.
7. Executive.
8. Judicial.
9. Apportionments.
10. Education and School Lands.
11. Counties, Cities and Towns.
12. Corporations.
13. Revenue and Taxation.
14. Public Debt.
15. Militia.
16. Labor and Arbitration.
17. Water Rights.
18. Forestry.
19. Public Buildings not Educational.
20. Public Lands.
21. Salaries of Public Officers.
22. Miscellaneous.
23. Amendments.
24. Schedule.

Utah State Archives and Records Service @utahstatearchives
You can view the “Transcript of Proceedings; 62nd Day: Saturday, May 4, 1895” http://images.archives.utah.gov/digital/collection/3212/id/2870/rec/57

You can also view the “Robert Taylor Burton” photograph. Burton was the Commanding General of the Utah Territorial Militia (6 January 1896) https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s61v5n97

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Does anyone remember this train collision near Salina, Utah near Highway 89 in 1962? I am looking for a personal connection.
My husband and I have found several pages of the Salt Lake Tribune from May 1, 1943, while ripping up some old flooring. There are Births, Deaths, Marriages, ... and much more. We wanted to see if there were any relatives to help out with family history. If you need a closer picture please let me know.
Question: What is the earliest silent movie that shows street scenes from downtown Salt Lake City? YouTube user "guy jones" specializes in creating reprocessed silent movies from 1890s to 1910s. Each frame is reprocessed and then time corrected. The results give a glimpse to life at the start of the 1900s that brings the subjects to life. Some examples include: Berlin 1896 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCr-FsmmO88 New York City 1911 https://youtu.be/aohXOpKtns0?t=102 The Marriott Digital archives has movies of Salt Lake City life, but the earliest is 1920s or 1930s. For sports fans, here is the 1934 Univ. of Utah vs. Aggies game: https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6d266mr Does anyone know what the earliest silent moving film of Salt Lake is? I'm thinking that there most be some type of "Movieline-News" shorts from the early 1920s that feature Salt Lake City. Marriott Digital Archives - Salt Lake City video search https://collections.lib.utah.edu/search?q=%22Salt+Lake+City%22&sort=sort_date_t+asc&format_t=video%2Fmp4
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Greetings! I'm hoping you can provide more context for a photograph that it looks like the Utah State Historical Society has in its possession. In the slideshow at this link (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10215748167954178&set=a.1632370086126&type=3&eid=ARCErkPeHL6IenlGJssAS3_kcqeVh3EcQA1hBsQljQUuojF6gIjfWcU_m3ufWZh2QVXRoiO6Y8AI7oQ_), it's the 3rd picture, which is described as follows: "Uidentified child, probably at Castle Gate. Finlander--9 years old. He worked in the Castle Gate Mine near the turn of the century. He carried explosives and searched for "Bad Air" and cleaned entries from animal debris and loose coal." I'm puzzled by the pickaxe he's standing with that seems far too large for him to employ, and the pipe that seems to be empty. I know there were children working in mines in awful conditions at that time, but this picture strikes me as odd. Is this a child worker who's been put in the 'costume' of an adult laborer by a photographer or do the pickaxe and pipe actually belong to this child? I realize, having worked in archives myself, that the answer may well be that you don't know, but I'm very interested in any further details you may have. Thanks so much!
During the coming year (2020), Utahns and the nation will be remembering and recognizing the end of World War II (1939-1945). Now and in the coming year, we urge that you visit Utah's World War II related sites, scattered across the state. Please visit one or more of the memorials and monuments, museums, and site of conscience shared below. 2020 has two very important WWII history related dates: May 8, 2020, 75th anniversary of V-E Day (Victory in Europe) and September 2, 2020, 75th anniversary of V-J Day (Victory over Japan).
This beautiful landmark, the Utah Theater, is slated to be torn down. It is important that the citizens of Salt Lake City and Utah not let this happen. Please sign this petition http://chng.it/2y6YVJNDTD and let the Salt Lake Mayor know that you want this beautiful building saved and restored.
This is a BetterDays2020 communique. History lovers the Salt Lake Literary Clubhouse needs your vote (every day for the rest of the week).
This is a BetterDay2020 communique. A quick five minute read, I promise. American historian (and PBS American Experience film producer) Lola Van Wagenen's 1994 Beehive History article (linked below) "Unity, Victory, Discord--The Struggle to Achieve Woman Suffrage." Also always turn to Utahwomenhistory.org for the latest on Utah Women history!
The last known video footage of Webster Elementary in Magna (Historic Pleasant Green) before it burned down in 2004. Please click the "subscribe" button for more videos like these.
Do you enjoy small-town out-of-the-way museums and road trips? You might enjoy a small jaunt to the Magna Ethnic and Mining museum before it closes for the season.
Indians voting in Utah Did a quick search of the history.utah.gov site for when did Indians in Utah get the right to vote - no luck. When did they get the right to vote - 1924 or earlier? Was it rescinded as it was for women? Could mixed races vote - specifically white and Indian?