We are the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement.

New Name. Better Alignment. The Utah Department of Heritage & Arts officially became the Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement (CCE) on May 5, 2021. This name change better reflects who we are as a department, and it brings common goals to the forefront as it aligns us as a family of divisions. Just as the name Cultural and …

“Topaz Stories: Remembering the Japanese American Incarceration”

June 2, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 2, the recording in 48 minutes) Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of an unidentified man standing amid tar paper covered Topaz residental blocks, circa 1941-1945. Courtesy and from the Peoples of Utah Collection, Utah Division of State History. This episode of Speak Your …

Circles of Life

How Patrick Willie rediscovered his heritage, one hoop step at a time. By Ellen Fagg Weist | Photography by Samuel JakeAdditional photography by Natalie Behring “What does one hoop represent?” Patrick Willie asks at the end of every weekly hoop dancing class. “The world,” one grade-schooler answers, loudly, so he can be heard over the Native American drum class in …

History of Water in Utah: “The Most Complicated Plumbing System…”

April 19, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 1: 1 hour and 32 minutes) BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Caption for the above graphic/logo: Think Water Utah, a statewide collaboration and conversation on the critical topic of water presented by Utah Humanities and its many Utah partners. Utah Humanities‘ Megan van Frank and The American West Center‘s Gregory E. Smoak speak about a …

Safeguarding Utah’s prehistoric rock art

Volunteers record and guard the state’s precious archaeological sites. By Ellen Fagg Weist | Photography by Keith Johnson TOOELE VALLEY > This morning’s fog makes everything look mysterious as we head to the West Desert to see rock art. It’s a gray January Saturday in-between snow storms, so access roads have turned into mud wrestling pits under our tires. On …

“The Peoples of Utah”- revisited, to be ready for USA’s 250th (1776-2026) anniversary celebration

January 11, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 10, 42 minutes) BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece podcast. The above panoramic photo is of members of the Ogden chapter of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Associations) gathered at the Mantua, Utah Fish Hatchery on July 28, 1929. Courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society. It has been forty-five years (1976-2021) since Utah historian Helen …

Utah’s Archaeological Past and the “Utah Cultural Stewardship Program”

01.25.2021 (Season 2: Episode 12; 54 minutes long) BuzzSprout version of the Speak Your Piece Podcast. Above photograph is of a petroglyph panel in Nine Mile Canyon (Duchesne County, Utah); Frank Beckwith photographer, Classified Photograph Collection, Utah State Historical Society. This episode of Speak Your Piece is about how you can learn, how you can experience the wonder, and how …

Utah’s Small Museum Landscape

1.18.2021 (Season 2: Episode 11; 64 minutes) Speak Your Piece Podcast on Buzzsprout. Above photograph is of the Uintah County Heritage Musuem (Vernal, Utah, 2019). The guests in this Speak Your Piece episode live and work in three dispersed regions of Utah: LeeAnn Denzer from east central Utah (Ashley Valley), Diana Call in the southwest corner (Little Valley) and Jami Van Huss …

Dr. Martha Bradley Evans: 20th century Utah and LDS women’s history, including the fight over the Equal Rights Ammendment (ERA)

January 4, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 9) BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece podcast. Above photo caption: Anti-ERA banquet, Washington, D.C., March 22, 1979; Anti-ERA activist Phyllis Schlafry (center) framed by Utah Repulican senator Orrin G. Hatch (right) and North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms (left), as the three accept applauds from banquet attendees (use by permission from Associated Press). …

Sons of Utah Pioneers (SUP), their magazine “The Pioneer,” & their 125th statehood anniversary issue

12.28.2020 (Season 2: Episode 8; 57 minutes) BuzzSprout version Speak Your Piece Podcast. Above illustration: The front cover of the Pioneer (vol. 67: No. 4, 2020 released 01.2021); courtesy of the SUP. Podcast (part 1 and 2 combined): Podcast Introduction: This episode includes William Tanner, the publisher of the Sons of Utah Pioneer’s (SUP) magazine; Wayne Hinton, the organization’s 2020 national …

A Patriarch & Three Scions: George Q. Cannon and his oldest sons John, Frank & Abraham

12.11.2020 (Season 2: Episode 7; 50 minutes) Speak Your Piece Podcast. Above photograph (left to right): Frank J. Cannon, Abraham H. Cannon, George Q. Cannon (patriarch) and John Q. Cannon; Charles R. Savage, photographer, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. Courtesy of the LDS Church HIstory Library. Podcast (part 1 and 2 combined): Podcast Introduction: Keep in mind that on January …