66th Annual Utah History Conference

Transportation and Movement

September 27-29, 2018

Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley

It's possible to read Utah history as a story of movement and transportation. The centrality of movement to exploration, industry, and travel—major themes in Utah history—is obvious. Less so is the way movement can be seen on a more conceptual level as a way to evaluate change over space and time: the variation and transformation of the landscape, the flow of ideas and people into and out of the state, the mobility of groups and individuals, the development of transportation-related infrastructure, and the transportation and communication networks connecting the state to regional and national systems.

The flow of ideas and people is now more global than ever before, rendering traditional boundaries that confined physical movement less operable.

The Utah Historical State Society, thanks to our generous sponsors, offers the conference free to scholars, writers, educators, students, and the general public.


Registration is required.

Thursday, September 27 
8:30 am–5:00 pm
Rio Grande Depot, 300 S. Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City
State Archives Building, 346 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City

Friday, September 28 
7:45 am – 9:00 am:  Check in and morning refreshments
9:00 am – 10:15 am: Opening Plenary
History Session 1:  10:30 am – 11:45 am
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm:  Lunchtime Keynote Speech by David Haward Bain, author of “Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad” and Outstanding Achievement Awards Program, by Dina Blaes, Chair, Board of State History
History Session 2:  1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
History Session 3:  3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Saturday, September 29th
8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Pony Express in Utah Tour
Transcontinental Railroad Tour

BLM logo
KRCL logo
Promontory Point logo
Hall and Naoma Tate Foundation
Transcontinental Railroad logo
KUED logo
Ames Construction logo
American West Center logo
CHD logo
Better Days logo
Marriott Library logo
Utah Humanities logo
National Park Service logo
Utah State University logo
Westerners logo
DHA logo
Utah Cultural Celebration Center logo
University of Utah Dept of History logo
Utah DNR logo
Westerners logo

For additional information, please email Lisa Buckmiller or call 801-245-7231.