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The Oljato Trading Post: Renewed Significance in the 21st Century

May 27, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am

In celebration of Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, the Utah State Historic Preservation Office is excited to host a series of brown bag lectures. Join us on May 27 as we welcome SHPO’s own Steve Cornell to the Utah State Archives!

About the presentation:

The Oljato Trading Post (from the Navajo ‘Oljéé’to’ (“Moonwater”) was constructed in 1921 by Joseph Heffernan. Heffernan owned the post and constructed a series of additions until he sold it in 1936. Ownership of the trading post went through a series of traders during the 20th century and saw transitions in how trading posts were used and how ownership changed over time, especially after WWII. The Oljato Trading Post remains one of the oldest and one of the few remaining trading posts in the Region. After sitting vacant for a number of years and showing physical signs of its age, questions about the future of the Trading Post are being asked and in an effort to stabilize the Trading Post against further deterioration, a partnership was formed between the Navajo Nation’s Oljato Chapter, San Juan County, San Juan County Historical Commission, Utah Division of State History, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, and the Navajo Nation Historic Department and a three-day work project was organized to carry out this first phase of work.

About the speaker:

Steven Cornell is both an architect and historian having studied at the University of Virginia where he received dual Masters in Architecture and Architectural History and a Certificate in Historic Preservation. His interests focus on how the preservation of architecture creates a better sense of place and enhances the character of communities.


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