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2019 Annual State History Conference

The Utah State Historical Society invites proposals for papers, sessions, and panels for its 67th annual conference.

The conference theme takes a long view of the interior West.

Call for Papers

Historic Salt Lake City Apartments of the Early Twentieth Century

Text and Photographs by Lisa-Michele Church

Salt Lake City contains many beautiful examples of apartment buildings constructed to house a growing urban population.

Walking Tour

Veterans Utah History Project

The Division of State History and the Utah Department of Veterans & Military Affairs have joined together on the Veterans Utah History Project. Get involved to collect, document and archive this important part of our history.

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Utah World War I Commission

April 2017 marked the centennial of America's entry into World War I, a defining conflict of the modern era.

1914-1918-online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War

Utah and World War I: special issue of Utah Historical Quarterly

Utah and the Great War: The Beehive State and the World War I Experience, ed. by Allan Kent Powell: a collection of essays exploring the complexity of WWI and its impact on Utahns.

State Legislature’s Resolution 

Governor’s Declaration, April 2017 

Utah in the World War, by Noble Warrum: published under the auspices of the Utah Council of Defense in 1924.

Harold Rider Morris’s World War I Diary. Harold Rider Morris, a Millard County native, enlisted for the war in 1917. His diary was made available for Utah Valley University to digitize by his daughter Karolyn.

The Great War, from American Experience

National WWI Museum and Memorial

NHD National History Day Teaching World War I: Resource to connect teachers and students to the best sources for the 100th anniversary of WWI. Includes Middle School and High School lesson modules.

The United States World War I Centennial Commission.

Utah World War I Memorial Pamphlets

History Day 2018 WWI Regional Prize Winners

Documentary –
The Treat of Versailles: A Dictated Peace

Group Performance – 
Nurses on the Front Lines in WWI

Individual Exhibits – 
Treaty of Versailles: The Uncompromising Compromise

Papers –
The Christmas Truce of 1914

Websites –
A Failed Treaty Caused WWII?
The Christmas Truce: The Legendary Compromise
Mennonites & Makhnovists: Conflict and Compromise in Early 20th Century Ukraine

Archives/Special Collections

Utah State Archives: WWI Record Series

LDS Church History Library: (PDF list of WWI related collections)

State Historical Society: (PDF list of Historical Society Collections relating to WWI)

University of Utah: (PDF list of WWI related items/collections held in Special Collections)

Utah State University: (PDF list of WWI related items/collections held in Special Collections)

USS Utah Ship Bell

On December 7, 2017, the bell from the USS Utah was placed on permanent display in the University of Utah's Naval Science Building.

The ship’s bell from the USS Utah was originally presented by the United States Navy to the Utah State Historical Society in April 1961. Transfer of the bell was arranged through the office of Senator Wallace F. Bennett and was given to the Historical Society on an indefinite loan basis. For almost six years the bell was housed at the Historical Society’s offices in the Kearns Mansion on South Temple.

Discussions began in 1965 to loan the bell to a new Naval History Museum that was to be located in the Naval Science Building on the University of Utah campus. The museum was to be an affiliate of the Utah State Museum of Natural History. In January 1965, the Board of Trustees of the State Historical Society passed a resolution supporting the creation of the museum.  Everett L. Cooley, Director of the Utah State Historical Society and Major Gaut, curator of the Naval History Museum, began communicating to arrange the loan of the ship’s bell and other items from the Historical Society’s collection. The bell was to be loaned to the museum with the condition that the Historical Society could ask for its return if in the future a new Utah State History Museum was established. The bell was transferred in February 1966 with the intention of either displaying it inside the Naval Science Building or on an appropriate foundation outside the building.