Explore “Local Matters” at Utah History Conference (Oct. 11)

Contact: Josh Loftin 
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts 
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Explore “Local Matters” at Annual Utah History Conference Oct. 11


SALT LAKE CITY — The 65th annual Utah History Conference will take a unique look at the historical events and trends that have shaped the local communities of the state.

This year’s conference, titled “Local Matters: Interweaving Historical Threads of Community,” will be held starting at 9 a.m. on October 11. The conference will be held at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center and free to attend. 

Reflecting the broad theme of the conference, nearly 40 presentations will examine:


  • Peril, conflict and storytelling in community history
  • Food and culture
  • The impact of independent film on local communities
  • Territorial history
  • The history of the southern Paiute Tribe
  • Much more
Ken Verdoia, formerly of KUED, will provide the keynote, “I’m not a Historian, but I Played One on TV.”

While the conference is free, including lunch, please register by the end-of-day Friday, October 6th, 2017. RSVPs can be taken at history.utah.gov. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center (3100 South 1355 West, West Valley City). Direct general media inquiries and requests for interviews to Josh Loftin at 801-386-4755.

“Our annual conference will examine the many strands that create the fabric of communities, such as festivals, buildings, schools, the arts and food,” said Brad Westwood, director of the Utah Division of State History. “Few topics could be both more personal and more universal than community.”

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