Archive for July, 2017

July Announcement for the Utah Westerners

An Evening in Park City, Utah

Hosted by Sandra Morrison, Executive Director

and the Park City Museum

Discover Park City’s history at the Park City Museum on Historic Main Street. Prospectors discovered silver in 1868 in the area that became Park City.  While mine owners made fortunes, thousands of miners simply made a living.  After silver prices declined, Park City reinvented itself as a ski resort town.   This history is displayed in the Park City Museum.  Permanent galleries include “From Around the World” which tells about the early settlers and their journey to Park City; “Mega Mine and the Days of Ore” includes a scale model of the late 19th century Mega Mine and the mining equipment used.  “Muckers and Millionaires” is an exhibit on the great economic divide between the miners and mine owners; “Living in Park City” shows what it was like to live in Park City 100 years ago; “The Great Fire” discusses the fire which tore through the heart of Park City the morning of June 19, 1898. The fire led to over $1 million dollars in damage and the displacement of 500 local citizens.  Other exhibits to see include the territorial jail; a bar and a 1926 fire truck and much much more.  Playing in the Subway Theater is a film which explains the transition of Park City from mining to skiing Town. 

After dinner at Flanagans located three doors from the Museum we will hear a presentation by Sandra Morrison on the “History of Park City.”

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July 11, 2017 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

May Announcement for the Utah Westerners

Day of Infamy: The Sand Creek Massacre and the Creation of the Sand Creek National

Historic Site by Dr. David Halaas

There were many atrocities in the American West, but the slaughter at Sand Creek stands out because of the impact it had at the time and the way it has been remembered. Or rather, lost and then rediscovered. Sand Creek was the My Lai of its day, a war crime exposed by soldiers and condemned by the U.S. government. It fueled decades of war on the Great Plains. And yet, over time, the massacre receded from white memory, to the point where even locals were unaware of what had happened in their own backyard.
On November 7, 2000, the United States Congress authorized the establishment of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site so that the impacts of this pivotal episode in America’s history may be understood and never forgotten.

Dr. Halaas retired from Pittsburgh’s Senator John Heinz History Center (in Association with the Smithsonian Institution), and holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado. Former historian/curator at the Library of Congress and Colorado State Historian, he is author of over sixty articles, and has written six books, including Halfbreed: The Remarkable True Story of George Bent; and Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook History of Coups and Combat. Currently consultant to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, Dr. Halaas has testified on the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre before committees of the United States Senate. In 1998, he was invited to the White House Oval Office to witness President Bill Clinton sign the landmark legislation leading to the creation of the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site

July 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

April Announcement for the Utah Westerners

Alma Richards: Olympian

Larry Gerlach

In 2016 the University of Utah Press published Alma Richards: Olympian by Larry Gerlach, our speaker for April.  Larry’s compelling biography recounts and interprets the life of Alma Richards, who in 1912 became the first and only Utahn and Mormon to win an Olympic gold medal in the 20th century.  Instead of recounting the particulars of Alma’s life, however, Larry will talk about more general topics–why he wrote the book, the nature of biography, what impressed him most about Alma and, finally, what he learned from the project. This will be a fascinating presentation by one of the outstanding historians of Utah and sport.

Larry Gerlach is Professor Emeritus of History, University of Utah.  His eclectic teaching and research interests—early America, especially the Revolution; the history of sport in America, notably baseball; the Olympic Games; and Utah history—are reflected in his publications, which include Blazing Crosses in Zion: The Ku Klux Klan in Utah, The Men in Blue: Conversations with Umpires, and The Winter Olympics: From Chamonix to Salt Lake City.  Larry has received numerous awards for his writing, research, and teaching.

July 11, 2017 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment


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