Utah Civic Season, Summer 2021

Amy Barry History Main Blog

Please join the Utah Division of State History and the Department of Cultural and Community Engagement as we engage with our past, take informed action in the present, and work together to shape the future during Utah’s first annual Civic Season. Throughout June and July State History will highlight nine …

“I Have Shot My Betrayer”: Q&A with Lisa Tait

Jedediah Rogers History Main Blog, UHQ Blog, UHQ Extras, Utah Historical Society

Editors’ Note: The SPRING 2021 UHQ opens with the story of Amanda Olson, the working-class daughter of Swedish immigrants whose story dominated local news in 1891. After Olson was either raped or seduced–the language was intentionally vague–she “shot [her] betrayer.” We asked Lisa Tait, the article’s author, a few questions about Olson’s …

A Colorful History: Black Rock’s History and Graffiti Woes

ehora History Main Blog, UPAN Blog

Christopher W. Merritt, Ph.D. Utah State Historic Preservation Officer  It is unclear when the first human laid eyes upon the geological oddity now called “Black Rock” on the southern shores of the Great Salt Lake. But it was likely a Native American from the Paleoindian or Early Archaic period, evidence …

Utah at 125: A Bibliography

Jedediah Rogers History Main Blog, UHQ Blog, Utah Historical Society

In January 4, 1896, after decades of struggle, Utah became the 45th state to enter the Union. Utah’s path to statehood was complicated and often controversial, which makes its journey an important American story. Utah’s leaders applied for statehood seven times—and failed six times—over five decades. Here we compiled a list …