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May Announcement for the Utah Westerners

STATE HISTORY

(AND THE STATE OF UTAH’S HISTORY)

 BRAD WESTWOOD

JULIE FISHER

BRIAN SOMERS

We at State History–known officially as the Utah Division of State History (UDSH) and the Utah Historical Society—are asking each of you Utah Westerners to lend an ear and your heart to a presentation about State History.

There has been a symbiotic relationship between State History and the Utah Westerners since the UW was established in 1967.  In the recent past, Michael Homer, longtime Board of History chair (13 years),  deputy board chair Greg Thompson (6 years), and State History directors Phil Notarianni, Wilson Martin, Kristen Rogers-Iverson, and the current director Brad Westwood, have all participated in the Utah Westerners’ energetic and independent forum for Western and Utah history.  State History and its parent organization, the Department of Heritage & Arts, want to carry on this relationship by making this presentation.

Established in 1897, this statewide enterprise documents and celebrates Utah’s history. Come learn about the “state” of Utah History (present and future).  We will explore the State’s efforts at collecting, protecting and writing its history.The Utah Westerners play a major role in the enterprise of history in Utah, so please come listen and play a part in the future of State History.

In June 2013, State History selected three broad, long-range goals: 1) Make Utah’s history relevant and valuable to every citizen (State History to be a household name); 2) Make the state’s history useful for public policy; and 3)Pursue a state-of-the-art professional facilityfor Utah’s premier history collection. At the same time, State History wishes to showcase or exhibit (digitally or otherwise) a history where all of Utah’s communities will see themselves in the pages of history.

Formed first as a private organization in 1897–amid the rush of the pioneers’ celebration (fiftieth  anniversary, 1847-1897), a growing national interest in genealogy and a grassroots desire to document the pioneer past–the Utah State Historical Society was embraced in 1920 as a worthy state-funded agency.  Following the establishment of a library and museum collection, the Utah Historical Quarterly was launched in 1928. In the 1970s, the division became the state’s agency for documenting and encouraging the protection of archaeological sites and historic architecture.

For sixty-two years, State History has also hosted the Utah History Conference (held each September).  We hope you will be surprised and pleased with both the present services and the future plans for State History.

This presentation will be offered by UDSH director Brad Westwood, assisted by Julie Fisher, Executive Director of the Department of Heritage & Arts, and Department Deputy Director, Brian Somers.

In addition to her duties as Executive Director, Julie Fisher, also administers support to the State Library, Division of Arts & Museums, Office of Indian Affairs, Mulitcultural Commission, and the Commission on Service & Volunteerism.  Before her appointment by Governor Gary Herbert in 2011, Julie was a state representative (District 17) serving four terms, representing Fruit Heights, Kaysville and Farmington.

Deputy Director Brian Somers, has held this position since February 2013. Prior to this, he was Governor Herbert’s speech writer, before which he was a congressional staff member in Washington, D.C.

Brad Westwood has been director of State History since May 2013. Prior to that appointment, he managed programs and departments at the LDS Church History Department, Brigham Young University, and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. He also owned a private business, Westwood Research & Consulting, which he ran for four years.  Brad has degrees in American Studies from BYU and Historic Preservation from University of Pennsylvania.

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