Archive for September, 2012

Utah Westerner speaking at the Marriott Library

John McCormick and John Sillito will be speaking about their new book, A History of Utah Radicalism: Startling, Socialistic and Decidedly Revolutionary, on Sunday, September 16th at the Marriott Library, University of Utah at 3pm.

Best known today for its conservatism, Utah actually has a long tradition of radicalism stretching back more than a century. In many ways, Utah radicals have been part of national patterns. In the 1890’s Utahns, like their counterparts across the country, sought to build a Populist Party and a viable union movement. Of particular importance is the Socialist Party of America, which reached a peak of political influence in the first two decades of the twentieth century–in Utah and nationally–as over one hundred socialists were elected to office in Utah towns. While little known today, Utah’s radical past helps us gain a fuller picture of the state’s diverse past.

John McCormick and John Sillito will draw on their recent book A History of Utah Radicalism: Startling, Socialistic and Decidedly Revolutionary, published by Utah State University Press. McCormick and Sillito are also the editors of A World We Thought We Knew: Readings in Utah History published by the University of Utah Press.

John S. McCormick earned a Ph.D. in intellectual history from the University of Iowa. He is currently dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Salt Lake Community College. He has published books and articles in a number of areas, including political history, urban history, historic preservation, and the built environment. His books on Utah history include The Gathering Place: An Illustrated History of Salt Lake City.

“John Sillito is emeritus professor of libraries at Weber State University and currently teaches there as an adjunct in the History Department. A native of Salt Lake City, he has degrees in history and political science from the University of Utah. He is the editor of History’s Apprentice: The Diaries of B. H. Roberts, 1880-98. His writings have appeared in such journals as the Utah Historical Quarterly, Sunstone, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.


September 13, 2012 at 9:48 am Leave a comment

September Announcement for the Utah Westerners



Each summer Stephenie Ambrose’s mother and father, historian and bestselling author, Stephen Ambrose, would pack up their five children and take them on “grand adventures” centered on specific historical events. They spent most of every summer on the road, car camping and traveling across the Great Plains while Stephen researched his latest book. They canoed and hiked entire swaths of America and learned what it meant to live from campground to campground like pioneers heading west.

Stephenie will detail some of the highlights of those memorable trips and the lessons she learned along the way. She particularly enjoys engaging younger audiences (she’ll make an exception in our case) in getting out of doors and in recognizing their personal roles in preserving and protecting special places for their children and their children’s children. National Historic Sites and Trails, National Parks, National Monuments and Wildlife Refuges all depend on a strong network of supporters and advocates if they are to continue to be maintained. She sees that our job is to teach our children how to venerate places and river systems. She feels strongly that we must convey to them what it means to be good stewards and how they are part of the legacy of taking care of the roots of our story as Americans.

Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs holds two degrees in history from the University of Montana and has written and spoken extensively on local and western history, the Lewis and Clark Expedition and Trail, and conservation and preservation of wild spaces in the West. Following in her father’s footsteps, Stephenie became a sought-after expert on the Trail and the Corps of Discovery. During the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (2003-2006) she traveled the entire trail speaking about various aspects of the expedition.

She was a researcher for Stephen Ambrose’s three-volume biography of Richard Nixon and went on to become a respected author in her own right, writing The Lewis and Clark Companion: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Voyage of Discovery and Why Sacagawea Deserves the Day Off and Other Lessons from the Lewis and Clark Trail (with Clay Straus Jenkinson). (See reviews that follow).

Stephenie currently serves as Co-Chair of the Lewis and Clark Trust, serves on the Board of the Montana Preservation Alliance and on the Advisory Council for the American Prairie Reserve.

For months we have been waiting with anticipation and excitement for this evening with Stephenie Ambrose Tubbs. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a popular and respected speaker and author and be sure to invite a guest.

September 7, 2012 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Utah Westerner in the New York Times

The New York Times recently wrote an article based on Utah Westerner, Ken Cannon’s research. You can read the article here:

September 7, 2012 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

Utah Westerners win Westerners International Book Awards!

Rod Miller has won the 2011 Fred Olds Poetry award for his book ‘Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems’

David Bigler and Will Bagley’s work ‘The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil War, 1857-1858’ received second place in the 2011 Co-Founders Best Book Work.

Nice work gentlemen.

September 7, 2012 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Utah Westerners and the 60th Annual Utah State History Conference

The Utah Westerners will be sponsoring a panel at this year’s Utah State History Conference on Saturday the 22nd at 1:30. The session is titled ‘The Chinese in Utah’ and features UW members John Eldredge, Gary Kimball and Walter Jones. Brad Westwood will moderate. More information can be found here:

September 7, 2012 at 10:13 am Leave a comment

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