As part of the 1897 Golden Jubilee, Governor Heber M. Wells issued a call to create the Utah State Historical Society. To celebrate that 120th anniversary, the Historical Society is hosting four free brown bags in July:
• July 5th: “The Best of Times, the Worst of Times: The Historical Society in the 1980s” (with Gary Topping, Archivist of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City
• July 12th: “The DUP and Little-Known Stories of the Pioneers” (with Maurine Smith, President, Daughters of Utah Pioneers)
• July 19th: “My Experiences with the Utah State Historical Society” (with Thomas Alexander, professor emeritus of history, Brigham Young University)
• July 26th: “History Is a Verb: The Utah Social Studies Standards, Utah History Day & Doing History” (with Wendy Rex-Atzet, State Coordinator, Utah History Day, and Robert Austin, K-12 Social Studies Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
The first three lectures begin at noon, while the July 26th brown bag starts at 1 p.m.All four events are located at the State Archives (346 S. Rio Grande St.).
The Historical Society offers web-based history materials and free public events. It also publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly (established in 1928) and sponsors an annual Utah history conference (established in 1952).