Your Story Matters
The Peoples of Utah Revisited is a multi-year initiative to recognize and celebrate our state's diverse past.
Utah is home to hundreds of communities with distinct and intertwined histories. Wherever you live and whatever your background, your story is part of Utah's history.
We Invite You to Share Your Story
There are many ways that individuals, communities, and organizations can get involved in this project. With your leadership we can gather historic objects and stories that represent your past, people, and community. Your story is an important part of Utah history.
How to Get Involved
Contribute Digital Materials
- Photographs of people, places, buildings, landscapes, events, and other artifacts
- Artwork such as poetry, visual expressions, and music
- Diaries, journals, letters, and memoirs
Become a Community Historian
- Hosting or attending a community event
- Organizing or participating in a oral history project
- Going to a history workshop, storytelling event, conference, or other memory projects
Create New Histories
- Historical scholarship about Utah's Diverse Communities
- Geospatial maps that plot historic peoples, places, and communities
- Storymaps, blog posts, and other forms of digital history
Many Stories, One Utah
Many Stories, One Utah is a partnership of organizations dedicated to honoring the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Peoples of Utah Revisited is our division's primary project for the America250 initiative.
As we prepare to honor the Declaration's ideals of liberty and equality in 2026, we have the opportunity and responsibility to reflect on all of the people and communities of Utah who came together before and after the 1700s. Please let use know your questions about how you can share your story in honor of the nationwide commemoration.
Almost fifty years ago ethnographer Helen Zeese Papanikolas edited the first Peoples of Utah as a part of Utah's bicentennial commemoration. The edited volume of essays chronicled the histories of some of Utah's religious and ethnic communities.
Papanikolas's worked centered on her lived experience as a member of Utah's vibrant Greek community. Born to immigrant parents in 1917, she grew up in Helper at a time when people from 30 countries lived and worked in Carbon County.
Papanikolas dedicated her career to uncovering stories of the many peoples who lived in Utah to share them with a broad audience.