Holding on to the Past

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2000 issue of Pioneer Magazine By Kellene Ricks Adams A century and a half ago, the Utah pioneers likely didn’t think twice about the clothes they wore, the tools they used, the dishes they washed or the homes they lived in. Yet these ordinary parts of their lives, […]

The Building of Zion

This article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of Pioneer Magazine. by Richard W. Jackson On July 25, 1847, a Sunday, the Saints held their first worship services in the Salt Lake Valley with meetings in the morning and afternoon. By the following Wednesday, brigham young and the General Authorities in the party had located […]

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 […]

The Building of Zion

This article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of Pioneer Magazine. by Richard W. Jackson On July 25, 1847, a Sunday, the Saints held their first worship services in the Salt Lake Valley with meetings in the morning and afternoon. By the following Wednesday, brigham young and the General Authorities in the party had located […]

DIBBLE, Philo

There he was shot and wounded by the anti-Mormon mob.  While he was bleeding to death, in fact almost gone, the prophet was sent for.  He and the prophet were very close friends.  The prophet laid his hands upon his head and blessed him to live and said he would go to the Rocky Mountains and be a useful instrument in carrying on the work of the Lord there, and would live to be of old age. 

Speak Your Piece | 10: Season 3, Ep. 10: Utah’s National History Day

Date: 08.09.2021 (Season 3, Episode 10, 54:13 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. National history Day, along with Utah’s affiliate program, […]

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 | 1: Season 1, Ep. 1, Will Bagley on the value of history

Will Bagley, Utah and Western historian, author, editor of over twenty books, former columnist for the Salt Lake Tribune (best known column “history Matters” 2000–2004) and sought-out public commentator on Mormon and Utah history.  A former journalist and for the last 35 years, as one of Utah's most outspoken historians, Bagley answers questions regarding why […]

Speak Your Piece | 3: Season 1, Ep. 3 (Part 1): W. Paul Reeve, “Century of Black Mormons”

W. Paul Reeve, Simmons Professor of Mormon Studies, University of Utah, describes his public history project Century of Black Mormons, designed to name and identify all known Black, African American, members of the Mormon Church (1830 and 1930). Reeves also describes the key arguments for his award winning book Religion of a Different Color: Race […]

Speak Your Piece | 3: Season 1, Ep. 3 (Part 2): W. Paul Reeve, “Century of Black Mormons”

W. Paul Reeve, Simmons Professor of Mormon Studies, University of Utah, describes his public history project Century of Black Mormons, designed to name and identify all known Black, African American, members of the Mormon Church (1830 and 1930). Reeves also describes the key arguments for his award winning book Religion of a Different Color: Race […]

Speak Your Piece | 4: Season 1, Ep. 4 (Part 1): Rick Turley, 35 Years of LDS Church History

Richard E. Turley, former Assistant Church historian (and before this, Executive Director) of the Church history Department, describes his thirty-five year career in Mormon history. Among other works, Turley co-authored in 2008 Massacre at Mountain Meadows: An American Tragedy with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard, and in 1992 Victims: The LDS Church and […]

Speak Your Piece | 4: Season 1, Ep. 4 (Part 2): Rick Turley, 35 Years of LDS Church History

Richard E. Turley, former Assistant Church historian (and before this, Executive Director) of the Church history Department, describes his thirty-five year career in Mormon history. Among other works, Turley co-authored in 2008 Massacre at Mountain Meadows: An American Tragedy with Ronald W. Walker and Glen M. Leonard, and in 1992 Victims: The LDS Church and […]

Speak Your Piece | 6: Season 1, Ep. 5 (Part 1): James D’Arc, Hollywood films made in Utah

James D’Arc, while in his early 20s as a BYU undergrad in the mid-1970s, convinced brigham young University to collect and document America’s film industry. Not just motion picture related to Utah or Mormonism–which they also collected–but nearly everything to document this culture making and reflecting industry. This includes original motion pictures, music scores, film […]

Speak Your Piece | 5: Season 1, Ep. 8 (Part 1): Better Days 2020 Historian Katherine Kitterman on women suffrage history, key arguments, events and people (1870-1920)

Guest Bio: Katherine Kitterman deeply understands both the national and the local contexts regarding 19th and early 20th century women suffrage history. She also has a knack for explaining in simply ways, complex historical circumstances.   Kitterman is a PhD candidate in History at American University (Washington, D.C.) and is the Historical Director for the […]

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 | Season 1, Ep. 10 (Part 1): Sondra Jones, “Being & Becoming Ute” (2019)

Guest BioSondra Jones has spent her adult life researching, listening, writing and doing fieldwork regarding Native American in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. With a secondary emphasis in anthropology, Jones’s fieldwork projects include work within Utah’s Uintah and Ouray Reservation.  She has a PhD in U.S. history from the University of Utah (2013) and has […]

Speak Your Piece | 11: Season 1, Ep. 10 (Part 2): Sondra Jones, “Being & Becoming Ute”

Guest BioSondra Jones has spent her adult life researching, listening, writing and doing fieldwork regarding Native American in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. With a secondary emphasis in anthropology, Jones’s fieldwork projects include work within Utah’s Uintah and Ouray Reservation.  She has a PhD in U.S. history from the University of Utah (2013) and has […]

Speak Your Piece | 12: Season 1, Ep. 12 (Part 1): Joe Hill (1879-1915): Labor Troubadour, Union Organizer & Execution in Utah

Date:  02.10.2020 (Season 1, Ep. 12; 36:41 minutes and 27:12 minutes (two audio segments). To read the complete Speak Your Piece shownotes for this episode click here.   Summary: Former Salt Lake Tribune Photo Editor Jeromy Harmon, breaks down Joe Hills’ crime (the murder of a grocer and his son on 773 South West temple), […]

Speak Your Piece | 12: Season 1, Ep. 12 (Part 2): Joe Hill (1879-1915): Labor Troubadour, Union Organizer & Execution in Utah

Date:  02.10.2020 (Season 1, Ep. 12; 36:41 minutes and 27:12 minutes (two audio segments). To read the complete Speak Your Piece shownotes for this episode click here.   Summary: Former Salt Lake Tribune Photo Editor Jeromy Harmon, breaks down Joe Hills’ crime (the murder of a grocer and his son on 773 South West temple), […]

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 | 1: Season 2, Ep. 1 (Part 1): Everett Bassett: Discovering human remains at Mountain Meadows

The story of the siege and massacre of approximately 120 California bound immigrants by Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians at Mountain Meadows (Washington County, 38 miles northwest of St. George) on September 11, 1857 is perhaps the second most well-known story in all of Utah’s history behind only the epic story of the 1847 Mormon […]

Speak Your Piece | 1: Season 2 Ep. 1 (Part 2): Everett Bassett: Discovering human remains at Mountain Meadows

The story of the siege and massacre of approximately 120 California bound immigrants by Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians at Mountain Meadows (Washington County, 38 m. northwest of St. George) on September 11, 1857 is perhaps the second most well-known story in all of Utah’s history behind only the epic story of the 1847 Mormon […]

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