Friday, September 30, 2011

Utah Archives Month programs

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received late yesterday from the Utah State Archives and Records Service. Address all inquiries to

The Utah State Archives will observe Utah Archives Month throughout October with weekly events each Friday at noon. Classes geared to celebrate the value of historic records will be offered each week. The statewide theme for 2011 is "Archives: the Records of Our Lives."

Alan Barnett, reference archivist at the Utah State Archives, will share the fascinating story of extortion letters from the self-proclaimed "Tall and Short Man"€ that were found in the Utah State Archives holdings from a 1911-1913 Ogden City Police Department investigation, on October 7.

Ron Fox, who has over 30 years of government service and currently serves as president of The Fox Group, Inc., will discuss his latest book “When the White House Came to Zion,” a photographic history that takes us on an entertaining journey through time as we discover the stories behind the events that brought American presidents to Utah, on October 14.

Will Bagley, a historian specializing in the history of the western United States, will discuss his latest book €œThe Mormon Rebellion: America's First Civil War, 1857-1858, a story that describes how, in 1857, President James Buchanan ordered U.S. troops to Utah to replace Brigham Young as governor and restore order in what the federal government viewed as a territory in rebellion, on October 21.

Robert Kirby, a humor and religion columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune, will share his thoughts on the value of historic records in our everyday lives, followed by an event inviting past and present members of Utah's law enforcement community to bring in historic items and memories to share, on October 28.

All events will be held in the Courtyard Meeting Room in the State Archives Building, 346 S. Rio Grande Street (455 West), Salt Lake City. An exhibit of capitol artifacts is on display in the lobby of the Archives building. The display includes notable artifacts, such as a capitol dome light, original office furnishings, historic photographs, design submission competition entries, program of competition booklets, a piece of granite, and commemorative items.

Information about these and other events is listed in the calendar on the Utah Archives Month website,


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