Utah Archives Month 2017
Destination 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.

This year the Division of Archives and Records Service, in collaboration with Utah's Division of Parks and Recreation's 60th anniversary, will provide exhibits and a series of lectures around the theme of “Archives Month 2017: Destination History.”

Calendar of Events

Date Institution Event Description
October Utah State Archives and Records Service The Wholesome Enjoyment of Life The Archives online and lobby exhibits will show the creation of the Parks and Recreation Division and how they have fulfilled their original mandate to support Utahn's "wholesome enjoyment of life."
October 4 L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections; From BYU History to Pop Culture You are invited to enjoy a display of BYU yearbooks and newspapers from past centuries combined with recent archival collections from the past few years. Curators of these collections will be on hand to answer questions. Giveaways will include a one-of-a-kind postcards and a Limited Editions L. Tom Perry Special Collections Pin to the first 100 visitors who follow us on one of our social media sites. The display will be located on the HBLL 3rd floor by the circulation desk from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
October 6 Utah State Archives and Records Service Territorial Statehouse: Utah’s First State Park and Oldest Government Building Carl Aldrich, a ranger at the Territorial Statehouse State Park, will present “Territorial Statehouse: Utah’s First State Park and Oldest Government Building.”

Noon to 1:00 p.m.
White Memorial Chapel
Utah State Capitol
86 E 300 N
Salt Lake City, UT
October 10, 17, & 24 Utah State Archives and Records Service Visit the Archives The Utah State Archives will provide lunch-time tours of the archives building and demonstrations of the archives building’s automated storage and retrieval system.

346 South Rio Grande St
Salt Lake City, UT
October 10-11 Utah Division of State History Utah's 65th Annual State History Conference Local Matters: Interweaving historical threads of community

Our annual conference will examine the many strands that create the fabric of communities, such as festivals, buildings, schools, or the arts.We’ll also discuss the uses of local history and the application of sophisticated methodology to personal, family, and community history. Workshops will focus on strategies for local organizations, oral history, historic preservation, and community histories.

Register: https://heritage.utah.gov/history/2017conference
October 11 L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library Conservation Roadshow Bring your journals, photographs and other artifacts to the Harold B. Lee Library Conservation Lab (3452 HBLL) from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and learn how to care for them. Christina Thomas and Christopher McAfee, conservators for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections will evaluate your personal and family heirlooms and share best ways to repair and store these priceless items. You can also come for an inside look at what goes on behind the Conservation Lab doors.
October 12 Utah State University "Memento Mori: The Art of Death and Mourning" Exhibit Opening Utah State Folklorist, Carol Edison, will present a gallery talk about Mormon cemetery monuments from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. The exhibit can be seen in the Merrill-Cazier Library Atrium August 23 - December 10.

Link to event: http://www.usu.edu/calendar2/?id=63455&day=2017/10/12
October 13 Utah State Archives and Records Service Diamonds of Utah: Celebrating 60 Years of State Parks in Utah Dr. Justina Parsons-Bernstein, Utah’s Division of Parks and Recreation Heritage and Interpretation Resources Manager, will present “Diamonds of Utah: Celebrating 60 Years of State Parks in Utah.”

Noon to 1:00 p.m.
White Memorial Chapel
Utah State Capitol
86 E 300 N
Salt Lake City, UT
October 17 L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library Famous Signatures from the Archive For one day only, L. Tom Perry Special Collections will display original documents from the Vault, signed by famous historical figures such as George Washington, Joseph Smith, Charles Dickens, Jane Addams, Ida McKinley, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Robert Louis Stephenson, Isaac Asimov, Jimmy Stewart and others. Held from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in HBLL 1131.
October 20 Utah State Archives and Records Service Archives Ancestry International genealogist Jill Kirby will speak about the various archives she has visited all around the world in her search for her ancestry.

Noon to 1:00 p.m.
White Memorial Chapel
Utah State Capitol
86 E 300 N
Salt Lake City, UT
October 24 Utah State Archives and Records Service Visualizing Historical Boundaries: Overlay Historical Maps on Google Earth Holly Hansen of Family History Expos, Inc., will present “Visualizing Historical Boundaries: Overlay Historical Maps on Google Earth.”

Noon to 1: 00 p.m.
Utah State Archives
346 South Rio Grande St
Salt Lake City, UT
October 24 L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library The Making of The Saint John's Bible The Saint John's Bible, a work of art and theology, was created by a group of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in Central Minnesota. The result is a stunning amalgam of the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with a modern flair. The Harold B. Lee Library owns the only copy in the state of Utah of the remarkable seven-volume Heritage Edition facsimile of this bible. Join us for a fascinating and informative presentation of the behind-the-scenes story of the making of The Saint John's Bible with special guest speaker Brad Neary, Director of The Saint John's Bible Heritage Program at Saint John's University in Minnesota, held in the HBLL Auditorium (HBLL 1160) at 3:00 pm. Following the presentation, you are invited to view all seven volumes of the Heritage Edition in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections classroom (HBLL 1131). Contact Cindy Brightenburg (bright@byu.edu) for more information.
October 26 L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library Hold a 1st Edition Book of Mormon In late 1829, Joseph Smith arranged to have the Book of Mormon printed by E.B. Grandin in Palmyra, New York, and the first copy was off the press by March, 1820. Today, it is estimated that fewer than 700 copies survive. Brigham Young University owns six copies of the 1830 Book of Mormon. Each copy is a treasure, and we take great care to preserve them. Each copy is also a connection to the Church's foundation and the testimonies that motivated the first generation of Latter-day Saints. The Harold B. Lee Library and L. Tom Perry Special Collections invites you to visit the HBLL 3rd floor atrium to hold one of our copies and take a moment to turn a few pages, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For more information contact Greg Seppi (greg_seppi@byu.edu).
October 27 Utah State Archives and Records Service The Making of Modern Motels in Utah: How to Research the Recent Past Dr. Susan S. Rugh, professor of history at Brigham Young University, will present “The Making of Modern Motels in Utah: How to Research the Recent Past.“

Noon to 1: 00 p.m.
Utah State Archives
346 South Rio Grande St
Salt Lake City, UT
October 27 Utah State Archives and Records Service 2017 CIMA Fall Caucus Please join us for the annual CIMA Fall Caucus. A tentative program agenda is available on the online registration form, available here: https://goo.gl/forms/Ij2QfgsRfHEH1f6L2

Any questions can be directed to Jim Kichas at jkichas@utah.gov
October 28 Utah State Archives and Records Service Antelope Island: Through the Years The Utah State Archives will have an exhibit at this year's Antelope Island Bison Round Up.
October 31 L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library Horror and Edgar Allan Poe Come listen to guest speaker Dr. Carl Sederholm discuss Edgar Allan Poe and the tradition of horror, held in the Special Collections classroom (HBLL 1131) at 1:00 pm. Afterword, see some spooky and strange things in the Special Collections' "Strange Things from the Archives" exhibit including a copy of the February 1845 edition of The American Review, where Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" was first published. For more information, contact Alexis Davis (alexis_davis@byu.edu)
November 1 Utah State Archives and Records Service Contemplating the Ultimate Destination: Utah Gravestone Art Alan Barnett, Utah State Archives Local Government Archivist, will present “Contemplating the Ultimate Destination: Utah Gravestone Art.”

Noon to 1:00 p.m.
White Memorial Chapel
Utah State Capitol
86 E 300 N
Salt Lake City, UT

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