James Toledo on Multi-Generational Impacts from Boarding Schools and on the Need for Healing: Part 5 – Series Conclusion

Date: August 29, 2022 (Season 5, Episode 11: 38 minutes and 41 seconds long). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here. The above cropped photo shows a group of swimmers at the Intermountain Indian School (1950-1984), one of the country’s largest Native American …

SLC’s Pioneer Museum and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers: A Conversation with Megan Weiss

Date: May 30, 2023 (Season 5, Episode 13: 54 minutes and 21 seconds long). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here. The episode was co-produced by Brad Westwood and Chelsey Zamir with help (sound engineering and post-production editing) from Jason Powers, from the …

Community members photographing a newly installed women's mural at the Rose Park Community Garden

Honoring Women of the Westside

By Renée Leta The Rose Park Community Garden is now home to a new mural of eight of Rose Park’s influential women. The mural honors Bobby Florez, Cristina Caputo, Maria Cardenas, Nettie Gregory, Cencira Te’o, Karina Lufo-Villalba, and Sylvia Abalos.  “With this mural, we’re focusing on highlighting women from communities who are not usually in the history books, because we …

First meeting of the Utah America250 Commission, launched by Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox.

Happy Birthday, America — with Utah Style

Gov. Spencer J. Cox says he has been anticipating celebrating America’s 250th Birthday as long as he’s been alive. After all, his wife was a bicentennial baby, whose parents gave her “a good bicentennial name: Abigail.” At the launch of Utah’s America250 Commission on June 6, the governor applauded the regional projects that were built across Utah in 1976. Then …

Utah students with Sen. Mitt Romney in Washington D.C.

Utah’s Candy Bomber Showcased in National History Day Research

By Renée Leta This spring. Cooper Maughan and Jared Killpack put their history research and performance skills to the test as part of Utah’s National History Day contests. Then in June, the pair of 7th-graders from Logan performed their research at the national competition. Their performance focused on United States Air Force Colonel Gail “Candy Bomber” Halvorsen. A Utah native who …

Tim Glenn discussing exhibit planning for The Museum of Utah.

Telling the Stories Preserved in Utah’s Archives

Tim Glenn, former executive director of Green River’s John Wesley Powell River History Museum, was hired in January 2023 to direct the Museum of Utah. The state history museum, to be housed in a new building being constructed to the north of the Utah State Capitol, is scheduled for opening in 2026. As construction moves forward, Glenn is working with …

Sanpete Bookmobile on the road in Nephi Canyon

On the Road Again With Utah’s Bookmobiles

By Renée Leta The road trip is a quintessential summer activity for many Utah families, but the day-to-day routes of Utah’s bookmobile librarians rival these epic journeys. For example, U.S. 89 is the longest highway in the state, covering more than 500 miles through the central part of the state. Approximately one-fifth of the road runs north to south through …

Making Connections: Conferences That Build Communities

By Reneé Leta Three June conferences spotlight the public-facing work of the State Library Division, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the Division of Indian Affairs. These summits offer participants the chance to learn from subject experts, as well as network with colleagues and policy makers. Internet for All: Utah Broadband Confluence >> Wednesday, June 7, Utah Valley University Conference …

Current Challenges and Developments in a Post-Industrial Neighborhood: Part Two

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Thirty-Fourby Brad Westwood The Pioneer Park neighborhood has always been a contested space. Initially, the area was owned by Native Americans until Mormon (members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Pioneers colonized the land. Since 1847, the region has been in constant transition as new and old residents and business interests …

Gary Bergera on his Life’s Work as an Author and Publisher of History

Date: March 10, 2023 (Season 5, Episode 10: 53 minutes long). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here. The episode was co-produced by Brad Westwood and Chelsey Zamir, with sound engineering and post-production editing by Jason T. Powers, from the Utah State Library …

Youth painting a fish as inspiration for Celebrate Wildlife contest.

Celebrate Wildlife: A call for art recognizing Utah’s creatures

If you live in Utah, chances are you’ve had at least one wildlife encounter. From the bighorn sheep of Zion National Park to the chickadee in your backyard, no matter how you encounter wildlife in our state, we want to hear about it. And how you share your experience can be as varied as our state’s wildlife species. The Utah …

Gov. Spencer Cox and First Lady Abby Cox present an MLK Art and Essay award

Students Showcase Artistic Reflections from MLK’s Legacy

By Reneé Leta // Photographs by Maegan Castleton Members of the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission honored nine Utah students for their artistic entries in an art and essay contest to honoring Dr. King’s principles of nonviolence.  The commission, a program of the Division of Multicultural Affairs, launched the contest for Utah students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. …