Utah History Day

Utah History Day Utah's National History Day affiliate, offering hands-on history education and yearly competitions to grades 4-12 throughout Utah.

Coleton M. received a Youth State Champion designation with his individual exhibit "Triumph and Tragedy of the Winter Qu...
08/05/2019

Coleton M. received a Youth State Champion designation with his individual exhibit "Triumph and Tragedy of the Winter Quarters Mine Disaster" at this year's state contest! Here he is pictured with his teacher Mrs. Halloran.

Did you know that you can choose an exhibit such as Coleton's, a website, documentary, performance or paper for your Utah History Day project?

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The topic possibilities are endless with this year’s NHD theme, “Breaking Barriers in History.” Follow this link to find...
08/02/2019

The topic possibilities are endless with this year’s NHD theme, “Breaking Barriers in History.” Follow this link to find the theme book and other resources to prepare your NHD projects on Utah History Day's website!
https://history.utah.gov/utah-history-day/

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The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a public work relief program borne out of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New D...
07/31/2019

The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a public work relief program borne out of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, operated from 1933 until 1942. There were about 116 CCC camps established in Utah! A camp usually consisted of about 200 men and these workers fought forest fires, planted trees, and numerous other activities. This is a page from the August 1, 1940 issue of “Desert Sun,” a CCC camp newsletter published in Hanksville, Utah by company 0298.

You can access this digitized primary source and other Utah CCC camp newsletters (1935-1941) in Utah State History's online collection: https://collections.lib.utah.edu/search?facet_setname_s=dha_cccn

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One Utah History Day student said “The best thing about doing an NHD project would be the opportunity to go in depth in ...
07/29/2019

One Utah History Day student said “The best thing about doing an NHD project would be the opportunity to go in depth in researching and learning about one's topic entirely!” Jack B. and Aidan M. know all about in-depth research; they were the recipients of the 2019 State Contest’s Military History Prize with their exhibit “Gallipoli: Triumph and Tragedy.”

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Meet Joy Harjo! She is breaking barriers as the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate.The Poet Laureate is appointed ...
07/26/2019

Meet Joy Harjo! She is breaking barriers as the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate.The Poet Laureate is appointed by the Librarian of Congress and seeks to elevate the nation's appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry. Harjo is the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate since the creation of the position in 1937.

Photo Courtesy Library of Congress.

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⁣Happy Pioneer Day, Utah! To celebrate, here is a map made by GIS analyst Christina Epperson detailing some of the histo...
07/24/2019

⁣Happy Pioneer Day, Utah! To celebrate, here is a map made by GIS analyst Christina Epperson detailing some of the historical markers along the route of the 1847 group. In Christina's words, we might want to "peer through the window of time to understand how we all got here, and monuments scattered across the state help tell some of these stories." The monument featured here is at This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City. ⠀

Click this link in to read more about the pioneers that came into the now-Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847: https://history.utah.gov/how-did-i-get-here-follow-the-historical-markers/

1948 photo courtesy Utah State History.

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Educators, 1 week until registration closes for the WWI NHD Webinar! The World War I Centennial Commission sponsors two ...
07/22/2019

Educators, 1 week until registration closes for the WWI NHD Webinar! The World War I Centennial Commission sponsors two full scholarships for Utah participants. NHD has created resources to offer different perspectives on the war, engage students with unique primary sources, and remember those who served and sacrificed as part of the war effort. Applications are accepted through July 30, 2019. Follow this link to apply: https://www.nhd.org/world-war-i

WWI Monument at Rich County Courthouse photo courtesy Utah State Historical Society.

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Did you know that 1960 marked the centennial of the Pony Express? On July 19th, 1960, riders set out from St. Joseph, Mi...
07/19/2019

Did you know that 1960 marked the centennial of the Pony Express? On July 19th, 1960, riders set out from St. Joseph, Missouri and retraced the mail service route, which was in operation for only 18 months.

Abi H. was 2019's State Champion in the Youth Individual Documentary category for her documentary "Riding in the Pony Express." Here is Abi in front of one of the monuments marking a station along the Pony Express route in Utah!

Utah was one of eight states riders crossed while delivering mail between Missouri and California. The Postal Service released a stamp to commemorate the centennial, and even allowed the 1960 riders to carry mail for delivery!

Pony Express Centennial Issue stamp courtesy the National Postal Museum, 1980.2493.5328.

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Interested in learning more about bringing National History Day into your classroom? Contact us if you'd like to host a ...
07/18/2019

Interested in learning more about bringing National History Day into your classroom? Contact us if you'd like to host a "Nuts and Bolts" workshop, or sign up for one that's convenient for you. Follow this link to sign up to host or register: https://form.jotform.com/91536449162158

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Breaking barriers! 50 years ago today, Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module ...
07/16/2019

Breaking barriers! 50 years ago today, Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin lifted off from Cape Kennedy, Florida on the Apollo 11 mission. Four days later, Aldrin (descending from the lunar module in the second photo) and Armstrong would become the first individuals to set foot on the moon!

Photos courtesy NASA, KSC-69PC-387, AS11-40-5867.

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We can’t believe that the National History Day contest was a whole month ago! It feels like just yesterday these awesome...
07/12/2019

We can’t believe that the National History Day contest was a whole month ago! It feels like just yesterday these awesome students were representing Utah. Next year’s national contest is June 14-18. The 2020 theme is “Breaking Barriers in History.”

Follow this link to find out more and get researching: https://www.nhd.org/node/14063

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Three students from Davis School District joined nearly 3,000 students from across the country in Washington D.C. recently. The National History Contest was the final stop after competing in their school and state competition.

Teachers, National History Day is offering some great online workshops this fall! Want to integrate NHD project-based le...
07/11/2019

Teachers, National History Day is offering some great online workshops this fall! Want to integrate NHD project-based learning into your classroom? Learn more about research within the National History Day Model? Registration deadline is August 30, 2019!

Follow this link to find out more: https://www.nhd.org//onlineeducation

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An "amazing re-creation of a story of skill, courage and triumph—unique in the annals of history." Last week, Representa...
07/09/2019
Story of Utahn in the Ghost Army is secret no more

An "amazing re-creation of a story of skill, courage and triumph—unique in the annals of history." Last week, Representative Ben McAdams honored Sgt. Stanley Nance, who served in the Ghost Army during World War II, and his great-grandaughter Madeline, whose 2019 NHD project helped to share the stories of the soldiers that fought in the once-top-secret Ghost Army.

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For 50 years after World War II ended, Utahn and veteran Sgt. Stanley Nance couldn't tell his family what he really did in the war — even though his secret faction, the Ghost Army, saved tens of thousands of lives. Now, his story is set in history.

Teachers! Utah History Day professional development begins soon! Check out our NHD 101 teacher training opportunities in...
07/08/2019

Teachers! Utah History Day professional development begins soon! Check out our NHD 101 teacher training opportunities in August and September. The workshops are free and will give you the tools to put National History Day to work in your classroom!

Follow this link for dates and registration: https://form.jotform.com/91536449162158

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Happy Independence Day! Check out this photo of a ca. 1880 Independence Day parade group on horseback in Bingham Canyon,...
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day! Check out this photo of a ca. 1880 Independence Day parade group on horseback in Bingham Canyon, Utah!

Photo Courtesy Utah State Historical Society.

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Join our judging team and be part of learning and making history! One judge said "I loved seeing the students’ faces lig...
07/02/2019

Join our judging team and be part of learning and making history! One judge said "I loved seeing the students’ faces light up when talking about their projects. They put so much work into it and I really enjoyed interviewing the students."

In addition to interviewing, judges evaluate projects and provide feedback to competitors. Judges will also receive complete training, materials, and lunch!

Follow this link to sign up for details: https://form.jotform.com/91536050283150

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July marks the 122nd anniversary of the founding of the Utah State Historical Society and the 52nd anniversary of the es...
07/01/2019

July marks the 122nd anniversary of the founding of the Utah State Historical Society and the 52nd anniversary of the establishment of Utah State History! The USHS began with a mission to encourage historical research, collect and maintain a library, and disseminate info on Utah’s history. The USHS has been responsible for many academic publications, including its current publication, the “Utah Historical Quarterly.” State History houses six programs (including Utah History Day!) and works to preserve and share Utah’s past for present and future generations.

Follow this link to learn more: bit.ly/2KiUKHh

Rio Grande Depot, 1910 photo courtesy Utah State Historical Society.

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On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed between Germany and the Allied Powers, effectively ending World Wa...
06/28/2019

On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed between Germany and the Allied Powers, effectively ending World War I. Three years before, the Battle of the Somme was about to begin in France—one of the deadliest battles ever, and the largest on the Western Front during WWI. Daniel J. and Dinyu W. chose to analyze the British and French forces’ efforts at Somme with their website “Somme: The Triumph Hidden Within the Tragedy,” earning them the World War I Prize at the 2019 State Contest!

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June 24-June 30 is Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week! Born June 27, 1880, Keller became deaf-blind at an early age....
06/26/2019

June 24-June 30 is Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week! Born June 27, 1880, Keller became deaf-blind at an early age. She went on to break many of the barriers surrounding deaf-blind individuals by graduating from college, writing an autobiography, and advocating for humanitarian rights, among other accomplishments. Did you know the Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled has the largest collection of hard-copy Braille books in the U.S.? That is 20,475 titles and 144,176 volumes!

Follow this link to learn more about services for the deaf-blind! bit.ly/2KiUKHh

Image: Helen Keller is seated on a wooden armchair reading a braille book. A small part of a refrigerator is visible in the background

Courtesy of Perkins School for the Blind Archives.

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Educators, don't miss the opportunity to participate in NHD's WWI Webinar Series this Fall! Generous funding by the Worl...
06/24/2019

Educators, don't miss the opportunity to participate in NHD's WWI Webinar Series this Fall! Generous funding by the World War I Centennial Commission sponsors two full scholarships for Utah participants. Applications are accepted through July 30, 2019. NHD has created resources to offer different perspectives on the war, engage students with unique primary sources, and remember those who served and sacrificed as part of the war effort. Follow this link to apply: https://www.nhd.org/world-war-i

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Lieutenant John Keith Lundberg, one of Utah’s WWII Silent Heroes, died on June 22, 1944 in Abbeville, France. Brighton H...
06/22/2019

Lieutenant John Keith Lundberg, one of Utah’s WWII Silent Heroes, died on June 22, 1944 in Abbeville, France. Brighton High School student Jacob Simmons researched Lt. Lundberg as part of National History Day's Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student & Teacher Institute. Along with Albion Middle School teacher Eden Ellingson, Simmons completed an intensive course of study on WWII last spring. Through primary sources such as war records, draft cards, and interviews with descendants, Simmons uncovered the story of Utah aviator Lt. Lundberg and journeyed to Normandy, where he eulogized Lt. Lundberg at the site of his cross in the Normandy American Cemetery.

Click this link to find out more about Lt. John K. Lundberg by reading the research Jacob Simmons completed for National History Day: https://nhdsilentheroes.org/john-keith-lundberg

2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion. The June 6, 1944 storming of France’s Normandy region by Allied forces was considered the beginning of the end of World War II, pushing the German occupation out of France.

Photos courtesy National History Day and The American Air Museum.

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06/19/2019
"We got a whole lotta history..."

Not-so-way-back Wednesday! This is from the Welcome Ceremony at last week’s National History Day contest in Washington, D.C. The song sounds a little familiar...

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The journey to NHD 2020 begins now! Next year’s theme narrative is “Breaking Barriers in History.” What could this mean ...
06/17/2019

The journey to NHD 2020 begins now! Next year’s theme narrative is “Breaking Barriers in History.” What could this mean for your Utah History Day project? Place this question into historical context to start thinking about how and when barriers of all kinds have been overcome. How has that broken barrier influenced the course of history? You might consider whether a barrier is physical or ideological, or even how barriers can be positive forces for change.

Comment your topic ideas below, and get researching!

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Today is Fort Douglas Day! Located in Salt Lake City, Fort Douglas was established in 1862 by Colonel Patrick Edward Con...
06/15/2019

Today is Fort Douglas Day! Located in Salt Lake City, Fort Douglas was established in 1862 by Colonel Patrick Edward Connor as “Camp Douglas,” a base from which volunteer Union Army soldiers could defend the Overland Mail Route during the Civil War. Its campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and hosts the Fort Douglas Military Museum detailing Fort Douglas’s role in military history.

Follow this link to explore an interactive Story Map of Fort Douglas! https://arcg.is/1C9yi9

1938 photo courtesy Utah State History.
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Sundance arrives back home after a fun, history-filled week at the National contest.#LearnHistoryMakeHistory #uhd2019 #n...
06/14/2019

Sundance arrives back home after a fun, history-filled week at the National contest.

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And just like that, the 2019 NHD Contest has come to a close. We are so proud of Team Utah! Congrats to the students, te...
06/13/2019

And just like that, the 2019 NHD Contest has come to a close. We are so proud of Team Utah! Congrats to the students, teachers, and all who supported them in making this contest such a success!

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Congratulations to Madeline C., who was awarded the World War II History Prize for her exhibit “Ghost Army.” Here she is...
06/13/2019

Congratulations to Madeline C., who was awarded the World War II History Prize for her exhibit “Ghost Army.” Here she is with Adam Foreman from The National WWII Museum, the sponsor of the prize!

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Outstanding State Entry Award winner Lydia B. placed fourth in the nation in her category with her website “Florence Nig...
06/13/2019

Outstanding State Entry Award winner Lydia B. placed fourth in the nation in her category with her website “Florence Nightingale: More Than Just the "Lady of the Lamp.” Way to go, Lydia!

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The Parade of States opens the 2019 National History Day Awards Ceremony in the most fun way. Team Utah (including Sunda...
06/13/2019

The Parade of States opens the 2019 National History Day Awards Ceremony in the most fun way. Team Utah (including Sundance the Dino) had a blast!

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Representative McAdams, Senator Lee, and Senator Romney took the time to meet with Team Utah today on Capitol Hill! Than...
06/12/2019

Representative McAdams, Senator Lee, and Senator Romney took the time to meet with Team Utah today on Capitol Hill! Thank you for having us, and for discussing the importance of learning history to make history!

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Here are some of the amazing students who wowed the judges on Day 2 of competition at the National History Day contest w...
06/12/2019

Here are some of the amazing students who wowed the judges on Day 2 of competition at the National History Day contest with their exhibits and papers! Click on their photo to learn more about their projects!

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This is Staten, Kaitlyn, Emma, and Sophia from Blanding, Utah! They performed at Nationals today for their project “Selm...
06/11/2019

This is Staten, Kaitlyn, Emma, and Sophia from Blanding, Utah! They performed at Nationals today for their project “Selma to Montgomery March: Triumph Over Tragedy.”

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Today is day 2 of Junior Division judging and the first round of Senior Division competition! Here are some highlights f...
06/11/2019

Today is day 2 of Junior Division judging and the first round of Senior Division competition! Here are some highlights from yesterday's National History Day contest (ft. Jupiter the Dino). Way to represent Utah!

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