Speak Your Piece | 13: Season 3, Ep. 13: A New Flag for Utah? A New Brand, Along With the Familiar

Date: November 15, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 13; 32 minutes long). To see the complete show notes (including  “topics discussed in time,” and photographs) Click here for the Utah Dept. of Culture & Community Engagement version  of this episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here to see all the […]

President’s Message: December 2021

This is a cherished time of year as we move from Thanksgiving to Christmas followed by 2022, the New Year ahead.  We look forward with anticipation. The current year of 2021 has been a wonderful year despite all the issues that have needed special attention.  It appears we are making progress as we traverse our way through the various strains […]

Speak Your Piece | 8: “Rails East to Ogden:” Abandon Cultural Landscapes, Historical Archaeology and One of USA’s “Unknown National Treasures”

Date: 07.12.2021 (Season 3, Episode 8, 1: 20:00 min.) To read the complete Utah Dept. of Culture & Community Engagement show notes for this episode (including topics in time, photos and recommended readings) click here.  Interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here for more episodes. podcast Content: What can be encountered on one […]

Speak Your Piece | 8: Season 2, Ep. 8, Sons of Utah Pioneers, their magazine “the Pioneer,” & their 125th statehood anniversary issue

podcast Introduction: This episode includes William  W. Tanner, the publisher of the Sons of Utah pioneer’s (sup) magazine; Wayne Hinton, the organization’s 2020 national president; and Thomas Alexander, the 2015 national president, all engaged in a discussion with Speak Your Piece host Brad Westwood, about this all-male Utah history organization: its origins, it’s membership (today […]

Speak Your Piece | 10: Season 2, Ep. 10, “The Peoples of Utah” – revisited, for USA’s 250th anniversary in 2026

January 11, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 10, 42 minutes); to read the full Speak Your Piece podcast show notes, including guest bios, click here.   It has been forty-five years (1976-2021) since Utah historian Helen Z. Papanikolas published her book The Peoples of Utah (Utah State Historical Society, 1976) with funding from the Utah American […]

Speak Your Piece | 14: Season 2, Ep. 14, The Youthful Workforce of the North Rim, Zion, Bryce & Cedar Breaks: “Singaway: Working and Playing for the Utah Parks Company, 1923 to 1972”

March 1, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 14, 63 minutes) To see the Speak Your Piece  shownotes incluidng the bios of this episode's guests, click here.  From 1923 to 1972 the Utah Parks Company (a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad based in Cedar City, Utah) hosted nearly every visitor that came through Zion National Park, […]

Speak Your Piece | Season 3, Ep. 1: History of Water in Utah: “The Most Complicated Plumbing System…”

April 19, 2021 (Season 3, Ep. 1: 1 hr & 32 min.) Utah Dept. of Culture & Community Engagement version of this SYP episode. This link will get you to some Speak Your Piece EXTRA materials not included here.  Utah Humanities‘ Megan van Frank and The American West Center‘s Gregory E. Smoak speak about a remarkable […]

Speak Your Piece | 3: Season 3, Ep. 2: “Topaz Stories: Remembering the Japanese American Incarceration”

June 2, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 2,  48 minutes).  Click here to read the Utah Dept. of Culture & Community Engagement show notes for this Speak Your Piece episode. This episode of Speak Your Piece is based on a digital exhibit Topaz Stories: Remembering the Japanese American Incarceration, and includes selected readings of some deeply […]

Speak Your Piece | 6: Season 3, Ep. 6: Mormon Laborers, Working on the Transcontinental Railroad (1868-1869)

June 28, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 6: 59 minutes). Click here for the Utah Department of Culture & Community Engagement show notes for this Speak Your Piece episode. The show notes includes additional links and sources.  On this 24th of July (Utah’s pioneer Day) the Golden Spike National Historical Park is inaugurating an annual event […]

Speak Your Piece | 18: Season 2, Ep. 18: Utah’s Story – 150 Years of Photography from the Salt Lake Tribune

April 12, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 18: 53:46 minutes). Click here for the Utah Department of Culture & Community Engagement show notes for this Speak Your Piece episode. The show notes includes additional links and sources.  podcast Content: In celebration of the Salt Lake Tribune’s 150th anniversary (1870-2020) as continuous newspaper published in Salt Lake […]

Speak Your Piece | 3: Season 3, Episode 3: “We’ll Sing and We’ll Shout:” The Life of W. W. Phelps with LDS Historian Bruce Van Orden

Date June 7, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 3: 57:47 minutes).  Click here to go to a complete set of shownotes for this episode. podcast Content — Drawing on decades of research and analysis, Dr. Bruce Van Orden offers the “life and times” of Willam Wines Phelps (1792-1872), one of the LDS Church’s and early Utah’s […]

Speak Your Piece | 7: Season 3, Ep. 7: “Run it up the Flagpole…” Utah Considers a New State Flag

Date: June 21, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 7; 55:28 minutes). Click here for the complete Speak Your Piece shownotes for this episode. podcast Content: In this Speak Your Piece episode, three guests: political historian Ronald Fox, State Representative Stephen Handy and State Senator Daniel McCay, discuss the idea of a new flag for Utah. Law SB-48 […]

Speak Your Piece | 11: Season 3, Ep. 11: SLC’s Latinx Population, Environmental Racism: A West Side Story, Past & Present

Date: September 20, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 11; 49:26 minutes long). Click here for the Utah Dept. of Culture & Community Engagement version of this Speak Your Piece episode which includes topics discussed in time, photos of guest speakers and additional resources and readings. podcast Content: Former Utah State University (USU) student Emma Jones and […]

Loren Webb, author of Southern Utah Memories

The February 2021 meeting of the cotton mission chapter featured Loren Webb, a retired newsman and historian in southern utah.  His new book, Southern Utah Memories. Local educator, author and journalist, Loren R. Webb is the author of “Southern Utah Memories” chronicling the history, events and people who influenced the development of southern Utah communities. […]

September 9, 2020 Message from the SUP National Executive Committee

Following next week’s announcement of the president-elect voting outcome and the swearing in ceremony, the next major event will be Area training for Chapter presidents, past-presidents, presidents-elect, Secretaries and/or Secretary/treasurers, and other Board members that the Chapter Executive Board would like to invite to attend via zoom. The schedule we have adopted is for two […]

VAN ROSENDAAL, Keith

It breaks my heart to announce the passing of our dear past president, Keith Van Rosendaal on Thursday, June 25th of congestive heart failure while in the company of his family.  Keith and Elizabeth are members of the Mills Chapter of sup where he served as Chapter President in 2016.  The next year he was […]

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