The American West Center at the University of Utah

The American West Center at the University of Utah The American West Center was founded in 1964 with the mission of researching the history and culture of the American West. Today, the Center has completed thousands of oral histories, created document archives, and developed regional curriculum.

Need something to do this Friday afternoon? Stop by the Park City Library at 4 pm and see our director Dr. Greg Smoak ta...
05/30/2019
History lecture will take a dip into the Great Salt Lake

Need something to do this Friday afternoon? Stop by the Park City Library at 4 pm and see our director Dr. Greg Smoak talk about the Great Salt Lake!
https://www.parkrecord.com/entertainment/history-lecture-will-take-a-dip-into-the-great-salt-lake/

Throughout the centuries, the Great Salt Lake has fascinated residents, recreators and artists.Mineral extractors, swimmers and classic landscape artists such as Alfred W. Lambourn to more contemporary artists like

Join Dr. Barry McCarron from the NYU Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies, to discuss “Irish Workers on the Trans...
04/30/2019

Join Dr. Barry McCarron from the NYU Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies, to discuss
“Irish Workers on the Transcontinental Railroad in Comparative Perspective," hosted by Utah Division of State History!

300 S Rio Grande
May 7
5:30 - Appetizers and Irish music
6:00 - Presentation
Gregory E. Smoak

‪Congratulations to Hannah Smay, our outgoing Floyd ONeil Fellow! If you do Western public history, humanities and/or so...
04/29/2019

‪Congratulations to Hannah Smay, our outgoing Floyd ONeil Fellow! If you do Western public history, humanities and/or social science research, we’d love to see your applications for next year’s O’Neil Fellowship. https://awc.utah.edu/fellowship.php

Don't miss the 47th annual University of Utah Powwow, April 19-20!
04/08/2019

Don't miss the 47th annual University of Utah Powwow, April 19-20!

The Guest Writers Series at the University of Utah presents the Borderlands Conference at the Downtown Salt Lake City Pu...
03/21/2019

The Guest Writers Series at the University of Utah presents the Borderlands Conference at the Downtown Salt Lake City Public Library!

Thursday, April 4th, 7 PM, SLCPL Auditorium: Readings by Francisco Cantú and Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, followed by a Q&A and book signing

Friday, April 5th, 1 PM, SLCPL 4th Floor: Readings by Yuri Herrera and Natalie Scenters-Zapico, followed by a Q&A and book signing

Friday, April 5th, 2 PM, SLCPL 4th Floor: Roundtable Discussion, including Francisco Cantú, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, Yuri Herrera, and Natalie Scenters-Zapico

All events are free and open to the public

Books will be available for purchase on site from The King's English

Author Bios:

Francisco Cantú is the author of The Line Becomes a River, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award. A former Fulbright fellow, he is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and a 2017 Whiting Award. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Antonio Ruiz-Camacho is the author of the story collection Barefoot Dogs, which won the Jesse H. Jones Award and was named one of the best books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Texas Observer and PRI’s The World. Born and raised in Toluca, Mexico, he now lives in Austin, Texas.

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is the author of two poetry collections, The Verging Cities (winner of the PEN America/Osterweil, GLCA, and Utah Book Awards) and Lima :: Limón. She is a fronteriza from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, and Cd. Juárez, México. She teaches poetry at Bennington College.

Yuri Hererera is the author of three novels, including Signs Preceding the End of the World, which won the 2016 Best Translated Book Award. Born in Actopan, Mexico, he currently teaches at Tulane University.

Come see our own Greg Smoak discuss the Transcontinental Railroad with former AWC director Matt Basso and Utah poet laur...
03/05/2019
Promontory Perspectives: A Faculty Conversation | The Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Come see our own Greg Smoak discuss the Transcontinental Railroad with former AWC director Matt Basso and Utah poet laureate Paisley Rekdal!
https://umfa.utah.edu/node/333

2019 Mar 6 Wed Talks & Lectures Promontory Perspectives: A Faculty Conversation 7 pm | Katherine W. and Ezekiel R. Dumke Jr. Auditorium | FREE Perspectives on the transcontinental railroad and its completion at Promontory Point are as dynamic as the moment itself. Join us for an evening of Universit...

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12/06/2018
Portland Networking Event

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Our own Travis Ross recalls his time at the U and the lasting impact of Floyd O'Neil.

Travis Ross PhD’17 was featured in the November issue of Alumni Connection after he and his associates received the Western History Association's Autry Public History Prize for an exhibit titled: Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps. You can find the full story here.

Don't delay, submit a proposal for the Charles Redd Center's seminar next summer!
11/26/2018

Don't delay, submit a proposal for the Charles Redd Center's seminar next summer!

4 days left to submit a proposal for our June 2019 (fully-funded) seminar on the 21st Century American West! Nov. 30 deadline.

Topic: anything relating to the North American West (broadly conceived geographically) that is grounded in the 1990s-present!

Please share and apply! Just an abstract and CV needed right now. If accepted, you write an article in the 7,500-10,000 word range, we fly you to Utah and host you in June, we all sit around and workshop the papers, we give you revision/edit notes, you revise, then we edit and publish all the seminar essays as an anthology with a University press.

Email abstract & CV (or questions) to Brenden Rensink at bwrensink[at]byu[dot]edu.

More info here: http://reddcenter.byu.edu/Blogs/redd-center-blog/Post/cfp---new-modern-histories-of-the-21st-centur

10/19/2018

Western History Association President Donald L. Fixico dedicated his presidential address to our late, beloved Floyd A. O’Neil. Thanks Don.

Though it pains us to see him go, we wish AWC alum and U of U History MA grad Benjamin Kiser the very best and are happy...
06/27/2018

Though it pains us to see him go, we wish AWC alum and U of U History MA grad Benjamin Kiser the very best and are happy to share pictures of his farewell public history staff trip to the Spiral Jetty with Lisa Barr and Erin Adam, who are thankfully still with us at the Center

Congratulations to new MA graduates at the American West Center - Amanda Scheuerman, Erin Adam, Lisa Barr, and Ben Kiser...
05/05/2018

Congratulations to new MA graduates at the American West Center - Amanda Scheuerman, Erin Adam, Lisa Barr, and Ben Kiser!

We are saddened beyond measure to report the April 18 passing of Dr. Floyd A. O'Neil, Emeritus Director of the American ...
04/22/2018

We are saddened beyond measure to report the April 18 passing of Dr. Floyd A. O'Neil, Emeritus Director of the American West Center and our great friend. A tireless advocate for Native American education, for public history, and for his students, Floyd came to the Center in 1967 and never left. “You’ll be a grandfather before I will,” he would tell three generations of graduate students. Little did he admit that he was a grandfather to all of us. We’ll miss you, Floyd.

This Sunday at the Marriott Library come hear Hikmet Loe talk about the surreal landscape of Great Salt Lake and the unf...
04/06/2018

This Sunday at the Marriott Library come hear Hikmet Loe talk about the surreal landscape of Great Salt Lake and the unforgettable land art it has inspired.

Need some neo-noir in your life? Get some tonight! Commentary by our own Dr. Gregory Smoak
03/28/2018

Need some neo-noir in your life? Get some tonight! Commentary by our own Dr. Gregory Smoak

Our own Dr. Greg Smoak will be lecturing on Native Peoples in Utah Territory tomorrow afternoon in Park City!
02/22/2018

Our own Dr. Greg Smoak will be lecturing on Native Peoples in Utah Territory tomorrow afternoon in Park City!

Director Emeritus Floyd O'Neil in the news!
02/12/2018
PRESERVING A LEGACY | @TheU

Director Emeritus Floyd O'Neil in the news!

At 90 years of age, you’ll still find Floyd O’Neil in his book-filled office in the U’s American West Center, where he has worked since 1966 and where he served as director for 11 years.

Lo he returns smelling of strong drink, and the truth is not in him. We are thrilled beyond words to welcome Emeritus Di...
12/08/2017

Lo he returns smelling of strong drink, and the truth is not in him.
We are thrilled beyond words to welcome Emeritus Director Floyd A. O’Neil back to his office after far too long an absence!
David Rich Lewis beware. He’s coming for you next

In Memory of Louise Pubols
11/23/2017
In Memory of Louise Pubols | Oakland Museum of California

In Memory of Louise Pubols

As I remember our dear colleague, Louise Pubols, former Senior Curator of History here at the Oakland Museum of California who passed away earlier this year, I can picture so many moments from the years we worked together. Memories of her are intertwined with all of the exhibitions she led throughou...

A fine celebration with AWC November birthday folks Amanda Scheuerman, Ben Kiser, Erin Adam and our admirable conductor ...
11/18/2017

A fine celebration with AWC November birthday folks Amanda Scheuerman, Ben Kiser, Erin Adam and our admirable conductor Greg Smoak, presided over by the inimitable Floyd and Shauna O’Neil

Catch "Narrating Wars: Vietnamese Perspectives on the Legacies of Armed Conflict," October 26, at the University of Utah
10/12/2017

Catch "Narrating Wars: Vietnamese Perspectives on the Legacies of Armed Conflict," October 26, at the University of Utah

See Hikmet Loe talk about the Spiral Jetty tonight at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, then hit the Marriott Library and re...
10/04/2017

See Hikmet Loe talk about the Spiral Jetty tonight at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, then hit the Marriott Library and read some of the Great Salt Lake Oral History Project

Don't miss Navajo Voices on Bears Ears, October 11, 7-9 pm, brought to you by the American West Center, the Marriott Lib...
09/27/2017

Don't miss Navajo Voices on Bears Ears, October 11, 7-9 pm, brought to you by the American West Center, the Marriott Library, the SJ Quinney College of Law and the University of Utah College of Humanities

The AWC's own Lisa Barr doing public history at Pipe Spring National Monument
09/22/2017

The AWC's own Lisa Barr doing public history at Pipe Spring National Monument

Lisa Barr, University of Utah American West Center graduate student, explains fort inscriptions she’s researched to the Pipe Spring staff.

The project Barr is working on is funded through the University of Utah Cooperative Ecosystems Study Units. The purpose of the study is to document the people and groups responsible for the numerous inscriptions found across the monument.

Some of her findings include historical cattle brands, pioneer family ties to Pipe spring, Civilian Conservation Corps camp workers, and early National Park System tourism just to name a few.
- Ranger Julie

University of Utah students, faculty and staff, interested visitors, come see prominent Native historian Philip DeLoria ...
09/22/2017

University of Utah students, faculty and staff, interested visitors, come see prominent Native historian Philip DeLoria and several U professors discuss Islander, Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies on Friday September 29 at 3:30!

Join us in wishing Director Emeritus Floyd A. O'Neil a very Happy 90th Birthday!
07/14/2017

Join us in wishing Director Emeritus Floyd A. O'Neil a very Happy 90th Birthday!

On this Bastille Day we think it only fitting for 90th birthday boy Dr. Floyd A. O'Neil to preside over the decapitation...
07/14/2017

On this Bastille Day we think it only fitting for 90th birthday boy Dr. Floyd A. O'Neil to preside over the decapitation of two of his closest friends, Dr.s Greg Smoak and David Rich Lewis!

Courtesy of our good friend Larry Cesspooch-Suhspuechhttp://utephotography.weebly.com/
06/12/2017
Ute Wasatch Photo Project

Courtesy of our good friend Larry Cesspooch-Suhspuech

http://utephotography.weebly.com/

Ute artists along with representatives from Wasatch Camera Club will be holding workshops throughout the year to teach students the fundamentals of photography and to help them create photographs...

Come support Ute storytelling at the Marriott Library tomorrow at 3 pm!
06/07/2017

Come support Ute storytelling at the Marriott Library tomorrow at 3 pm!

Our friends and colleagues Joseph Taylor and Leisl Carr Childers appeared on Frontline last week! Essential watching if ...
05/19/2017
American Patriot: Inside the Armed Uprising Against the Federal Gov't

Our friends and colleagues Joseph Taylor and Leisl Carr Childers appeared on Frontline last week! Essential watching if you are concerned with the increasingly heated public lands debate in the American West.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/american-patriot-inside-the-armed-uprising-against-the-federal-government/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_content=Video

How the Bundy family’s fight against the government invigorated armed militias and “Patriot” groups.

A very happy birthday to our wonderfully competent and colorful administrative officer Michelle Judd. Thanks for helping...
04/04/2017

A very happy birthday to our wonderfully competent and colorful administrative officer Michelle Judd. Thanks for helping us all keep body, soul and budget together!

03/21/2017
Intermountain Histories

Courtesy of the Charles Redd Center.
Check out these great stories, brought to you by the graduate students at UNLV

5 new stories have been published! They come from a wonderful group of graduate students working with Andy Kirk at UNLV. Read and learn about Alamo Airways, The Goldfield Historic District, Atomic Liqours, The Moulin Rouge, and the Las Vegas Courthouse and Post Office. You can access these stories by downloading the Intermountain Histories mobile app for iOS or Android or by visiting the site at www.intermountainhistories.org

Come see Dr. Diane Harris, Dean of the College of Humanities, in her talk "Save Everything! Reflections of a Historian o...
03/01/2017

Come see Dr. Diane Harris, Dean of the College of Humanities, in her talk "Save Everything! Reflections of a Historian on Archives of the Future."
March 7, 2017, 7 PM, Gould Auditorium, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Oh, and it's free.

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
02/13/2017

Charles Redd Center for Western Studies

The Redd Center has partnered with the BYU | David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies and the American Indian Resource Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Ethnic Studies Program, and The American West Center at the University of Utah to present this Indigenous Languages Summit on February 25. There are 5 days of associated events and classes you can attend. Please help us spread the word.

We're happy to announce two upcoming environmental history lectures hosted by the SJ Quinney College of Law at the Unive...
02/09/2017
Wallace Stegner Center Lecture – Sara Dant

We're happy to announce two upcoming environmental history lectures hosted by the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah:
Dr. Sara Dant of Weber State University talks about her new book Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West, on Thursday, February 16, 2017: http://www.law.utah.edu/event/stegner-center-green-bag-sara-dant/
Dr. Leisl Carr Childers of University of Northern Iowa discusses her recent The Size of the Risk: Histories of Multiple Use in the Great Basin at the same time on February 23, 2017: http://www.law.utah.edu/event/wallace-stegner-center-lecture-leisl-carr-childers/

Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom The American West has long been at the center of national debates abou…

Just opening at the state capitol, check out Utah Drawn, An Exhibition of Rare Maps. Co-curated by AWC research associat...
01/25/2017
Utah Drawn: An Exhibition of Rare Maps - Utah Department of Heritage and Arts

Just opening at the state capitol, check out Utah Drawn, An Exhibition of Rare Maps. Co-curated by AWC research associate and former Floyd O'Neil Scholar Travis Ross, with educational contributions by AWC program coordinator Cassie Clark

We are pleased to announce an upcoming exhibition of forty rare historical maps depicting the region that became Utah from its earliest imaginings by European cartographers to the modern state’s boundaries. Original maps shown are from the private collection of Salt Lake City businessman Stephen Bou...

Congratulations to Dr. Travis Ross, past winner of the Floyd O'Neil Fellowship, who successfully defended his dissertati...
12/15/2016

Congratulations to Dr. Travis Ross, past winner of the Floyd O'Neil Fellowship, who successfully defended his dissertation yesterday!

A new website illustrating the work of historian and friend of the American West Center Joseph E. Taylor. Check it out!h...
12/01/2016
New interactive Stanford website presents unexamined data on federal programs that aid local governments in the American West | Stanford News

A new website illustrating the work of historian and friend of the American West Center Joseph E. Taylor. Check it out!

http://news.stanford.edu/2016/11/30/new-interactive-stanford-website-presents-unexamined-data-federal-programs-aid-local-governments-american-west/

A team at Stanford created an interactive website to shed light on the money the federal government has paid to counties and states.

11/11/2016
Photos from The American West Center at the University of Utah's post

Ute drum group Red Sky and Intertribal Veterans color guard begin University of Utah Veterans Day panel, "Serving their Country: The Legacy of Native American Service in the United States Military"

With panelists
Larry Cesspooch (Ute)
Arnold Lano (Navajo)
Lisa Lano (Hoopa, Karok, Yurok)
Warren Young (Navajo)

And moderator Gregory Smoak

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