Speak Your Piece | 4: Season 4, Ep. 4: The Enduring Value & Big Arguments of Laurel T. Ulrich’s Book “A House Full of Females” (2017)

February 7, 2022 (Season 4, Episode 4: 67 minutes long), click here for the Utah Department of Culture & Community Engagement's fuller version with complete show notes, for this Speak Your Piece episode. American historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's influential 2017 book A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women's Rights in Early Mormonism,1835-1870 (Vintage […]

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 […]

Speak Your Piece | Sojourners to the Mormon West: Historian Michael Homer on Seeing Mormonism and Utah through European Eyes

Date: 08.02.2021 (Season 3, Episode 9, 01:03:32 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: In this episode of Speak Your Piece, […]

Speak Your Piece | Season 1, Episode 9 (Part 1): Brenden Rensink, Mobile App “Intermountain Histories,” Podcast “Writing Westward”

Guest BioBrenden Rensink is one of Utah’s brightest and most digitally savvy young historians. A true scholar at heart; he understand nonetheless how and why scholarly products–studies, books, presentations, etc.–need to make their way into the everyday life and interests of the general public.  An historian of the North American West (borderlands, indigenous peoples, public […]

Speak Your Piece | Season 1, Episode 9 (Part 2): Brenden Rensink, Mobile App “Intermountain Histories,” Podcast “Writing Westward”

Guest BioBrenden Rensink is one of Utah’s brightest and most digitally savvy young historians. A true scholar at heart; he understand nonetheless how and why scholarly products–studies, books, presentations, etc.–need to make their way into the everyday life and interests of the general public.  An historian of the North American West (borderlands, indigenous peoples, public […]

Speak Your Piece | 15: Season 1, Ep. 15 (Part 1): Seth Anderson discusses the history of Utah’s LGBTQ+.

With the fifty-first anniversary of the NYC Stonewall Riots (June 28th to July 3rd) ending just before the 4th of July weekend, we thought this Speaking of Utah podcast by Senior Public historian Brad Westwood with historian J. Seth Anderson, would offer some good Utah history listening.  Anderson is the author of LGBTQ Salt Lake […]

Speak Your Piece | 3: Season 2, Ep. 3 (Part 1 of 2) Leo Lyman’s Deep Dive into the “Sausage Making” of Utah’s Statehood

Concerning Utah’s statehood story, the oft heard quote comes to mind, attributed to German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who said: “laws and sausage, if they are to be enjoyed, should never be watched made.” Lyman’s book argues for the opposite: knowing the stories behind political actions are essential to a vibrant and strong democracy.  Lyman’s […]

Speak Your Piece | 7: Season 2, Ep. (1 & 2 combined), Kenneth L. Cannon: A Patriarch & Three Scions: George Q. Cannon and Sons

podcast Introduction: Keep in mind that on January 4, 2021, Utah will enter its 125th year as a state in the union (1896-2021). This was no small accomplishment, as it took the Territory of Utah forty-seven years to be granted equal status among the previous forty-four states. When the deal was finally closed for Utah, […]

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 | 16: Season 2, Ep. 16, “Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders” — a Conversation with Co-author Allen D. Roberts

3.22.2021 (Season 2: Episode 16; 62 minutes) To read the show notes includng a listed of related materials and the guest's bio, click here — Utah Department of Heritage and Arts' Speak Your Piece Podcast. podcast Introduction: The Netflix documentary Murder Among the Mormons (released March 3, 2021, IMDb) has created much national interest, or […]

Speak Your Piece | 15: Season 2, Ep. 15: “My Life in [1950’s] Carbon County [Utah]:” A Conversation With Dr. Ronald G. Watt

3.15.2021 (Season 2: Episode 15; 76 minutes) Click here for the Utah Dept. of Heritage & Arts Show Notes for this  Speak Your Piece episode. Introduction: In this episode of Speak Your Piece, historian Ron Watt describes his latest book, which is part memoir, part county history and part geography tour of 1950s Carbon County. […]

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 | 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 […]

This is Her Place Who Tells Your Story: Betty Sawyer and Mae Timbimboo Parry

There’s a recurring line in the musical Hamilton that George Washington says to Alexander Hamilton: “You have no control over who lives, who dies, who tells your story.”

In this episode, we talk about two women were determined to take control and make sure the true story of their people was told:

Mae Timbimboo Parry, historian and matriarch of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone. Mae Timbimboo Parry successfully lobbied the National Park Service to change the name of “The Battle of Bear River” to “The Bear River Massacre” in recognition of the near-annihilation of her tribe by U.S. cavalry there.

Betty Sawyer, Community Engagement Coordinator in Access and Diversity at Weber State University and an activist on issues of racial justice in Utah for over 40 years. Betty Sawyer was an important part of the effort to get Martin Luther King Day recognized as an official holiday in Utah and is the director of the Utah Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival and Holiday.

Both women had to first learn their histories for themselves. Once they did, it took decades of work to get that history recognized both nationally and in Utah, and their efforts have left a lasting impact on the state.

Gathering Early Saints Through Liverpool

This article originally appeared in Vol.62, No.2 (2015) of pioneer Magazine. by Fred E. Woods, BYU Department of Church history and Doctrine The glorious news of the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ included the doctrine of the gathering—the coming together of God’s covenant people. Adherence to this doctrine would result in dramatic life […]

Speak Your Piece | 6: Season 2, Ep. 6 (1 & 2 combined) Darren Parry and his book “The Bear River Massacre: A Shoshone History”

podcast Info: On 29 January 1863 Col. Patrick Connor and his California Volunteers (US Army, Camp Douglas, Great Salt Lake City, Territory of Utah) rode down a snow covered bluff and attacked a Northwestern Shoshoni winter village–on the Bear River, in the far northern section of Cache Valley, 1.6 km from the present Utah and […]

Charley Kelly penned many tales of pioneer life out west

THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN COUNTRY’S TOP historian This article originally appeared in the May/June 1970 issue of pioneer Magazine By Herb S. Hamlin, Editor “The Pony Express” Students of western history are gradually coming around to appreciating the voluminous and fascinating works of Charles Kelly, prolific and versatile historian. The author of “Salt Desert Trails,” “Holy […]

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