Utah Archives Month 2011

Archives: The Records of Our Lives.

ARCHIVES MONTH is an annual event sponsored by archives and special collections from across Utah. Archives showcased include academic, private, corporate, religious and governmental repositories. All events are free and open to the public. Contact the hosting institutions for additional information. For Archives Month events nation-wide, please see American Archives Month coordinated by the Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists.

Participating institutions may download a promotional flyer to customize (Word 2007).

Calendar of Events

Date Institution Event Description
September 24 and 30, October 1 LDS Church History Department Treasures of the Collection More than 60 rare and precious artifacts related to the history of the Relief Society will be on display for three days during the fourth “Treasures of the Collection” open house at the Church History Library in Salt Lake City.

The exhibit will debut on Saturday, September 24, 2011, from noon to 9:00 p.m. It will reopen on Friday, September 30, also from noon to 9:00 p.m. It will also be available for viewing on Saturday, October 1, from noon to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
October 1 - 31 Salt Lake County Archives Historic Magna Main Street Exhibit This physical exhibit features historic photographs taken of Magna Main Street in the 1930s. It will be on view at the Magna Public Library during the month of October.

The Magna Public Library is located at 2675 South 8950 West, and is open Mondays-Thursdays 10:00-9:00 and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00-6:00.

For more information please visit the Salt Lake County Archives website at www.archives.slco.org.
October 7 Utah State Archives Lecture: "The Tall and Short Man" 12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Meeting Room
346 S. Rio Grande St.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Join us at the Utah State Archives as archivist Alan Barnett shares the fascinating story of extortion letters that were found in the Utah State Archives holdings from an Ogden City Police Dept investigation. These letters talk about the self-proclaimed "Tall and Short Man" who attempted to extort money from the Eccles family in early 20th century Utah. This promises to be a fascinating look at criminal activity in the state at the turn of the last century!
October 13 LDS Church History Department Patty Bartlett Sessions: Mormon Midwife Midwifery was an important profession in Maine, where Patty was raised. Unexpectedly having to assist in a birth, she was later told by the local doctor that “she must attend to that business, not to have any fear, for she would prosper in it.” Her skill in delivering babies would become critical to the well-being of fellow members of the Church. As a Mormon, Patty received further confirmation of her decision to follow an obstetrical career.

Lecture will be held in the main floor auditorium of the Church Office Building at 50 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah. Lecture begins at 7:00pm.
October 14 Utah State Archives Lecture: When the White House Came to Zion 12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Meeting Room
346 S. Rio Grande St.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Join us on October 14th at the Utah State Archives as Ron Fox discusses his latest book, When the White House Came to Zion (co-authored with Mike Winder). This photographic history takes us on an entertaining journey through time as we discover the stories behind the events that brought American presidents to Utah. Since 1875 when Ulysses S. Grant visited the Utah Territory, U.S. presidents have continued to trek to the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Through the decades, whether campaigning, helping friends at fundraisers, interacting at town hall meetings, meeting with local officials, or participating in historic events, the nation's top leaders have come to Utah to press the flesh, plot strategies, and kiss babies in an effort to close the gap between the president and the people.

You will be delighted with fascinating stories and anecdotes from American presidents' memorable visits from the time of the presidential Pullman railroad car to today's Air Force One. And if a picture is worth a thousand words, then this photographically rich book is worth millions. With more than 500 historical photographs—some never before published—and dozens of pieces of interesting memorabilia, this well-researched visual history highlights the warmth and hospitality of the people of the Beehive State. You may even find a photo of your grandfather, uncle, cousin, mother, or father in the crowd surrounding a visiting president!

Ron Fox has over thirty years of government service and currently serves as president of The Fox Group, Inc. The firm specializes in public affairs/relations and event management in Salt Lake City, Utah and Washington D.C.
October 18 Weber State University Treasures Brought to Light Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Special Collections in the Stewart Library on October 18, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. Along with items from over 200 collections, the evening will include a lecture from Val Holley, biographer and historian as he discusses the history of Ogden's 25th Street. For more information contact Special Collections at 801-626-6540 or check out our website.
October 21 Utah State Archives Lecture: The Mormon Rebellion: America's First Civil War, 1857-1858 12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Meeting Room
346 S. Rio Grande St.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Join us on October 21st at the Utah State Archives as Will Bagley discusses his latest book (co-authored with David Bigler), The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857-1858. This story describes how in 1857 President James Buchanan ordered U.S. troops to Utah to replace Brigham Young as governor and restore order in what the federal government viewed as a territory in rebellion. In this compelling narrative, Bigler and Bagley use long-suppressed sources to show that contrary to common perception the Mormon rebellion was not the result of Buchanan s blunder, nor was it a David-and-Goliath tale in which an abused religious minority heroically defied the imperial ambitions of an unjust and tyrannical government. They argue that Mormon leaders had their own far-reaching ambitions and fully intended to establish an independent nation the Kingdom of God in the West.

Long overshadowed by the Civil War, the tragic story of this conflict involved a tense and protracted clash pitting Brigham Young’s Nauvoo Legion against Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston and the U.S. Army’s Utah Expedition. In the end, the conflict between the two armies saw no pitched battles, but Bagley and Bigler argue that Buchanan’s decision to order troops to Utah (his so-called blunder) eventually proved decisive and beneficial for both Mormons and the American republic.

A rich exploration of events and forces that presaged the Civil War, The Mormon Rebellion broadens our understanding of both antebellum America and Utah’s frontier theocracy and offers a challenging reinterpretation of a controversial chapter in Mormon annals.

Will Bagley is a historian specializing in the history of western United States. Bagley has written about the fur trade, overland emigration, American Indians, military history, frontier violence, railroads, mining, and Utah and the Mormons, and has authored and edited numerous books, including Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Mountain Meadows Massacre and So Rugged and Mountainous: Blazing the Trails to Oregon and California, 1812 1848.
October 21 Brigham Young University Special Collections Open House The L. Tom Perry Special Collections will be hosting an open house for members of the campus community from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Curators will be available to discuss some of the treasures from our collections.
October 22 Brigham Young University Special Collections Open House The L. Tom Perry Special Collections will be hosting an open house for members of the community from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 pm. Curators will be available to discuss some of the treasures from our collections.
October 28 Utah State Archives Building the Utah Law Enforcement Historical Record Collection 12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Meeting Room
346 S. Rio Grande St.
Salt Lake City, Utah

Join us on October 28th at the Utah State Archives as Robert Kirby shares his thoughts on the value of historic records in our everyday lives. This will be followed by an event to raise awareness of the value of historic records and archival preservation issues. We are inviting any and all members of Utah’s past and present law enforcement community to bring in historic items and memories to share. Some of these items may take a permanent place in the Utah Law Enforcement Collection that Kirby and members of the Utah State Historical Society and Utah State Archives are helping develop. The goal of this project is to preserve the records, artifacts, and stories of enduring value from members of Utah’s law enforcement community.

Robert Kirby is a humor and religion columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune. A former police officer, Kirby serves as the Vice President/Historian of the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial. In addition, Kirby has published several books including End of Watch: Utah’s Murdered Police Officers, 1853-2003. Kirby lives with his long-suffering family (including eight grandkids) in Herriman.

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Last updated October 14, 2011

Image: July 16, 1925. "U.S. Patent Office files." Harris & Ewing glass neg.

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