Archive for July, 2015

July Announcement for the Utah Westerners

“Creating the World Class Joe Quinney Sports Center/Alf Engen Ski Museum”

Alan Engen & Greg Thompson

Please join nationally regarded ski historians Alan Engen and Greg Thompson, both members of the Utah Westerners, as they present an overview of the history behind the creation the world class Alf Engen Ski Museum.  They will discuss the unique partnership that exists between the Alf Engen Ski Museum (which features one-of-a-kind interactive exhibits) and the J. Willard Marriott Library–Utah Ski Archives.   Both organizations use the highly successful ski history approach which makes the relationship a model of excellence, recognized world-wide.   The ski museum was used by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) to host the world media during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and has twice been given the distinction of “Best of State” museum repository. The evening presentation will be the first, and perhaps only occasion, where both Alan and Greg (co-authors of FIRST TRACKS – A Century of Skiing in Utah published by Gibbs Smith, 2001).  They will discuss their close friendship and working relationship which formed the basis for the Utah Ski Archives and the Alf Engen Ski Museum to become a reality.

The evening will also include a bus tour of the Utah Olympic Park (led by Connie Nelson, Executive director of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation), opening reception, dinner, the evening’s presentation and self-guided tours of the Alf Engen Ski Museum.


A native of Salt Lake City, Alan retired as Alta’s Director of Skiing, a position he held from 1998 to April 2011.  He also spent over thirty years in the corporate world, holding a number of management positions with Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City and Hercules Aerospace in Salt Lake City.  He received both BS and BFA degrees from the University of Utah (1963) and an Executive MBA degree from Kansas University (1973).  Alan was also a member of the Salt Lake City Olympic Bid jump sub-committee involved with investigating alternative potential ski jumping sites and making the selection recommendations which resulted in the Utah Winter Sports Park (currently known as Utah Olympic Park) being constructed in the early 1990s.  Since the late 1980s, Alan has played a key role as a founder of a world class regional ski museum, carrying his legendary father’s namesake, currently located at Utah Olympic Park.

In addition to functioning in the Chairman Emeritus position of the Alf Engen Ski Museum Foundation, he serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Alta Historical Society and is a charter member of the Utah Ski Archives at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library.  He is also active member of the Bonneville Kiwanis Club.  He and his wife, Barbara, have been married fifty- two-years and have two sons and four grand-daughters.


Gregory C. Thompson,  is the Associate Dean of the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library for Special Collections and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of History. He received his BS from Colorado State University (1965), BA from Fort Lewis College (1967), and his MS (1971) and Ph.D. (1981) degrees from the University of Utah. From 1967 to 1983, Greg, a historian of the American West, served on the staff of the University of Utah’s American West Center. His research focused on the Ute tribes of Colorado and Utah and he served as a consultant to the San Juan County School District (Utah) and the Southern Ute Tribe of Ignacio, Colorado. Greg has published several monographs on the Ute tribe including Southern Ute Lands, 1848-1899: The Creation of a Reservation (1972); The Southern Utes: A Tribal History (1972); and edited, with Floyd A. O’Neil, A History of the Indians of the United States: A Syllabus (1979).


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