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Utah Humanities Council Book Festival
October is Arts and Humanities Month

Utah Archives Month 2015
Mapping History

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.

Calendar of Events

Date Institution Event Description
September 8 - October 9 LDS Church History Library "Jesus the Christ" Exhibit The LDS Church History Library will launch a new temporary exhibit titled "Jesus the Christ" on Tuesday, September 8, in the lobby of the Library. Its creation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first publication of the book Jesus the Christ by Elder James E. Talmage of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. This free exhibit is located in the Church History Library at 15 North Temple Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is open to the public during regular Library hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday; and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors may also see the “Foundations of Faith” exhibit, which remains at the Library.
September 30 LDS Church History Museum LDS Church History Museum Reopens to the Public The Church History Department is pleased to announce the end of the year-long renovation of the Church History Museum. The grand reopening and official launch of the new exhibit, The Heavens Are Opened, will take place on Wednesday, September 30. Artifacts and displays cover key events and inspirational stories beginning with the origins of Joseph Smith, continuing through his visions and revelations. The Church History Museum is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 45 West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150-0902. Doors will reopen on Wednesday, September 30, at 9:00 a.m. MDT. For more information, visit
October 1-31 L. Tom Perry Special Collections - BYU Rose Marie Reid exhibit Collection of over 50 swimsuits created by famed swimsuit designer Rose Marie Reid.

8am -9pm Monday - Thursday
10am-6pm Friday - Saturday
October 1-31 L. Tom Perry Special Collections - BYU Building Faith: Lego's of Religion Exhibit Features LDS temples and other religious scenes made out of Legos.

8am -9pm Monday - Thursday
10am-6pm Friday - Saturday
October 1-31 Weber State University Archives Mapping Weber: 1889 - 2015 This is a month long exhibit with two 4 x 5 foot maps with 18 embedded photographs and text of the many historic locations of Weber State University from 1889 to the present. Included in the map are WSU extensions.
October 1-November 5 Utah Division of State History We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe: Latinos in Utah This exhibit by Armando Solorzano documents the Latino experience in Utah history. It will be on display at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City, located at 1355 West 3100 South.
October 2 2015 Annual State History Conference Utah State History Deep Roots, Many Voices: Exploring Utah’s Multicultural Past

Utah is – and always has been – an eclectic mix of peoples and communities. Join us on October 2nd at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center for a free conference full of workshops, history sessions, panels and documentaries on the theme of multicultural diversity. Lunch is included on October 2nd. Workshops and tours will also be held in conjunction with the conference (please see below for details and dates).

Utah’s history is enriched by the study of a host of peoples, experiences, and voices. The histories of ethnicity, gender, work, and family, from the perspective of ordinary people, do more than pepper diversity in Utah history: they fundamentally change and enhance our understanding of the state and its past. These histories are ones of empowerment, creativity, and survival, as well as conquest, dispossession, and prejudice.

For more information visit:
October 2 Utah State Archives Online Colorado River Exhibit Please visit our online exhibit at which provides access to historic government records documenting the human use and management of the Colorado River in Utah throughout the 20th and 21st centuries through the lens of state government records.

Launched in conjunction with Utah Archives Month 2015, this exhibit is administered by the Utah State Archives and Records Service. Partial funding has been provided by the Utah Humanities (UH) in celebration of Arts and Humanities Month. UH empowers Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities.
October 5-November 5 Salt Lake County Archives Ghosts of West Temple: An Online Exhibit West Temple street was once home to some of the most prominent families of Salt Lake City. The houses are long gone and the families have moved, but their stories and images remain. Travel back in time to see this history via an online exhibit at
October 6 Utah State Archives WESTPAS Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response and Recovery Two Part Workshop Outcomes: The “Protecting Cultural Collections” training is presented in a sequence of two archived webinars plus one in-person workshop to produce the following outcomes:

• Complete a disaster response & collection salvage plan
• Learn how to train staff to implement your plan effectively
• Set pre- and post-disaster action priorities for your collections
• Understand practical decision-making skills needed during an emergency
• Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, photos & objects

The webinar sessions and the in-person workshop are scheduled to enable participants to prepare short assignments between sessions, resulting in a completed disaster plan. Participating institutions will be invited to join an informal network of WESTPAS trained personnel to provide mutual aid in the event of emergencies involving collections in your region.

Pre-registration required. Register online for an IN-PERSON session at:
October 15 Southern Utah University Sherratt Library
October 7 Utah State Archives A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: 19th and 20th Century Utah Gravestones A lecture by noted folklore historian Carol Edison on 19th and 20th century gravestones in Utah. Whether the earliest hand-carved sandstone markers carved by immigrant stone cutters or the granite monuments skillfully designed by today’s memorialists, gravestones always reflect contemporary culture, beliefs, interests and concerns. An examination of Utah’s gravestone heritage through the changes in materials and designs over time provides an interesting and new window for understanding the rich and unique history and culture of Utah. This presentation will draw on archival holdings related to gravestone documentation conducted by Edison while she was an employee of the Utah Division of Fine Arts.

This event will be held at noon in the State Archives Courtyard Meeting Room, 346 South Rio Grande (450 West), Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
October 8 LDS Church History Library Pioneers in Every Land Lecture The LDS Church History Library will host the Pioneers in Every Land lecture titled “Housewife in a Foreign War Zone” on Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. The presenter will be Kate Holbrook, a specialist in Women’s History at the LDS Church History Department. The focus of the lecture is the life and service of Carol Gray. Carol, a housewife, mother of seven, and Relief Society president in the Sheffield England 2nd Ward, found a vocation in international aid while watching television. “News coverage of civil war in former Yugoslavia depicted extreme suffering and devastation; she wept as she watched. She also prayed and began to organize relief supplies,” explains Holbrook.

This free lecture is part of the 2015 Pioneers in Every Land Lecture Series sponsored by the Church History Library. Lectures are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple Street. Limited free parking is provided at the Conference Center for those attending this event. Parking may fill quickly and is not guaranteed. As an alternative to parking downtown, consider public transit.
October 9 L. Tom Perry Special Collections - BYU 20th Century (1934) film 7:00pm in the BYU Library Auditorium. For more information:
October 14 Utah State Archives Colorado River People: White Collar Visionaries & Blue Collar Workers A lecture by archivist Jim Kichas entitled “Colorado River People: White Collar Visionaries and Blue Collar Workers.” In a fast-paced, image-based presentation, Kichas will discuss the principle players in Utah state government behind monumental Colorado River decisions, such as the heated negotiation to build the Glen Canyon Dam over a previously selected site in Echo Park. Attention will also be given to planners and workers involved with the Central Utah Water Project, which has had enormous impact of drawing on water from the Colorado River to fundamentally shape growth in the state.

This event will be held at noon in the State Archives Courtyard Meeting Room, 346 South Rio Grande (450 West), Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
October 16 Conference of Intermountain Archivists CIMA Fall Caucus 10:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m. at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah

Speakers will present on their experiences with recent disasters that affected their collections. They will address the following questions: What part of their disaster response and recovery went well? What aspects of their response efforts didn’t work well? What would you have done differently?

See for more information.

Please RVSP that you will be attending to Amber D’Ambrosio (
October 21 Utah State Archives Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West Freelance writer, editor, and folk-historian, Sarah Alisabeth Fox, will present on her latest book, Downwind: A People’s History of the Nuclear West. In her work, Fox highlights the personal cost of nuclear testing and uranium extraction in the American West through extensive interviews with downwinders: the Native American and non-Native residents of the Great Basin region affected by nuclear environmental contamination and nuclear-testing fallout. These downwinders tell tales of communities ravaged by cancer epidemics, farmers and ranchers economically ruined by massive crop and animal deaths, and Native miners working in dangerous conditions without proper safety equipment so that the government could surreptitiously study the effects of radiation on humans. Fox will give special attention to the wealth of archival sources and collections she drew on in the course of writing Downwind.

This event will be held at noon in the State Archives Courtyard Meeting Room, 346 South Rio Grande (450 West), Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106
October 21 L. Tom Perry Special Collections - BYU Make your own Cuneiform tablet workshop Free event: open to the community. Come and learn how to make your own Cuneiform tablet. Clay will be provided to the first 100 people. For more information please contact: Cindy Brightenburg, (801) 422-6098,
October 22 Utah State Archives Electronic Records Conference Annual fall conference with presentations focusing on care and management of electronic records. To register please visit:
October 23 L. Tom Perry Special Collections - BYU The Uninvited (1944) This Halloween thriller will be play at 7:00pm in the BYU Library's Auditorium. For more information:
October 28 Utah State Archives The Awkward State of Utah: Coming of Age in the Nation Historian Brian Cannon will present on his new work (co-authored with Charles S. Peterson) that focuses on the history of Utah between 1896 and 1945. In The Awkward State of Utah: Coming of Age in the Nation, Cannon and Peterson incorporate fresh archival sources, new oral histories, and hundreds of scholarly articles and books as they narrate the little-known story of the crucial formative years when Utah came of age. During its sometimes awkward years of adolescence and maturation, Utah was gradually incorporated into the American political, social, and economic mainstream. Urban and industrial influences supplanted agrarian traditions, displacing people socially, draining the countryside of population, and galvanizing a critical crisis in values and self-identification. National corporations and mass labor movements took root in the state as commerce expanded. Involvement in world events such as the Spanish-American War, two world wars, and the Great Depression further set the stage for entry into the modern, globalized world as Utahns immersed themselves in national politics and became part of the democratic, corporate culture of twentieth-century America.

This event will be held at noon in the State Archives Courtyard Meeting Room, 346 South Rio Grande (450 West), Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1106

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