Japanese Americans on the West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-SevenBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark During the late nineteenth century, Japanese American immigrants arrived in Utah seeking employment opportunities. Initially, many worked for railroad companies that previously employed Chinese immigrants. Many Japanese Americans made their mark by opening businesses, participating in their temples and churches, and participating in Utah’s civic life. Japanese migrants, …

Joe Hill (1879-1915): Labor Troubadour, Union Organizer & Execution in Utah

Date:  02.10.2020 (Season 1, Ep. 12; 36:41 minutes and 27:12 minutes (two audio segments) Click here for part one and Click here for part two for BuzzSprout versions. The image above is the “inmate record [with execution date: November 19, 1915]” for Joe Hill, born Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, known also as Joseph Hillström, Utah State Penitentiary. Courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune. …

“We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout:” The Life of W. W. Phelps with LDS Historian Bruce Van Orden

Date June 7, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 3: 57:47 minutes). Click here to go to the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece Episode. The above photograph is of W. W. Phelps, as he appeared in the early 1850s; courtesy of Dr. Bruce Van Orden. Podcast Content: Drawing on decades of research and analysis, Dr. Bruce Van Orden offers the …

“Run it up the Flagpole…” Utah Considers a New State Flag

Date: June 21, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 7; 55:28 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The image above is the current 2011 version of the flag of Utah. Courtesy of John Hartvigsen (Retired Vexillologist, Colonial Flag Company). Podcast Content: In this Speak Your Piece episode, three guests: Political Historian Ronald Fox, State Representative …

“MY LIFE IN [1950’S] CARBON COUNTY [UTAH]:” A CONVERSATION WITH DR. RONALD G. WATT

Date: March 15, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 15; 76:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of Ron Watt as a young man in front of his Carbon County home, circa 1955. Courtesy of Ron Watt. Podcast Content: In this episode of Speak Your Piece, historian Ron Watt describes his latest …

THE YOUTHFUL WORKFORCE OF THE NORTH RIM, ZION, BRYCE & CEDAR BREAKS: “SINGAWAY: WORKING AND PLAYING FOR THE UTAH PARKS COMPANY, 1923 TO 1972”

Date: March 1, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 14; 63:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photo is of an early 1950s “singalong,” a daily event where seasonal employees sang their goodbyes to “the dudes” before they were loaded on to the buses for Lund, Utah, to catch a Union Pacific train …

“Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders” — a Conversation with Co-author Allen Roberts

Date: March 22, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 16; 62:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of the three different cover designs for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated best-seller Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders. Courtesy of Allen Roberts. Podcast Content: The Netflix documentary Murder Among the Mormons (released March …

Salt Lake City’s LGBTQ+ Communities and the Pioneer Park Neighborhood

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Thirty-Twoby Brad Westwood Although the LGBTQ+ community had many prior informal political and social gathering spots elsewhere in Salt Lake City, a number of bars and taverns located in the Pioneer Park neighborhood served as gathering spaces for Salt Lake City’s emerging LGBTQ+ communities. In 1970, just one year after New York City’s Stonewall …

Utah’s Story: 150 Years of Photography from the Salt Lake Tribune

April 12, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 18: 53:46 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Image above is the cover of Utah’s Story. Courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune.  Podcast Content: In celebration of the Salt Lake Tribune’s 150th anniversary (1870-2020) as continuous newspaper published in Salt Lake City the “Trib” published in 2020, …

From Pioneer Vanguard to Pioneer Fort

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Fiveby Brad Westwood Above Illustration: “Fort on the Great Salt Lake;” researched and rendered by Kirk Henrichsen, circa 1995; used with permission of the artist. In 1847, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints decided to organize an exodus to the West in search of a new homeland where they believed …

Irish, Cornish, Welsh and Jewish immigrants and Salt Lake City’s West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-TwoBy Brad Westwood Many of the west side’s earliest immigrants found employment in mining, transportation and smelter industries. Others brought and sold goods essential to frontier life. This segment speaks to the Cornish, Irish and Jewish American Communities who lived and worshiped on the west side. Many immigrants left their homelands because of famine …

Mormon Laborers, Working on the Transcontinental Railroad (1868-1869)

June 28, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 6: 59 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above image is of a Mormon grader camp in Echo Canyon, Summit County, circa 1969, captured by photographer Charles R. Savage. The Union Pacific Railway contracted with Brigham Young, who then established contractor companies, who then hired thousands …