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That’s a Wrap on Archives Month

Lauren Katz
November 1, 2023

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate the Utah Archives Month theme of food! Here are some of our favorite moments from October:

A billhead from 1896 showing an invoice to Hawkes Brothers meet in Salt Lake City.

Before the emergence of one-stop shop supermarkets, a variety of local grocers, butchers, and bakers in Salt Lake City delivered goods directly to customers’ homes. Ornate billheads give a glimpse into the kinds of food and sundries Utahns were buying at the end of the 19th century. Using billheads found in the Salt Lake County Probate Case Files series, summer intern Taylor Burnette created a new digital exhibit that plots the locations of long-gone grocers across Salt Lake City. Explore Food in the Desert.

Staff from the Utah State Archives standing at a table with information about the Archives and Archives Month

We hosted an in-person Scan-and-Share event with the Utah Historical Society where family recipes were scanned to become part of the “Peoples of Utah Revisited” collection.

Couldn’t make it in-person? No problem! You can upload your recipes and food-related records directly into the collection here.

Graphic showing Brigham City Peach Days, Payson Onion Days, Torrey Apple Days and North Ogden Cherry Days

We love the intricate and unique poster that local graphic designer Danelle Cheney created for this year’s Utah Archives Month campaign! Learn more about the graphics Danelle created (including these famous Utah harvest days) in her own words here.

Utah Archives Month graphic sticker design

Although Archives Month is over, the Utah Archives Month website is still live! Explore the food-themed digital exhibits gathered from around the state. If you would like a printed poster (or stickers!) from this year’s campaign, reach out! We’re happy to mail them out.