The Creative Pivot: UtahPresents

Black Benatar will lead her Black Magic Cabaret from Kingsbury Hall on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket holders will receive a live stream of the “eclectic theater spectacle,” developed at Kingsbury last year. The show combines elements of magic and drag performance, and will weave in the experiences of local performers — “queer, black, or other” — as an …

New Department Name Reinforces Purpose, Mission

A ceremonial signing of House Bill 313 on Wednesday by Gov. Spencer J. Cox gave a strong endorsement for the Department of Cultural & Community Engagement — formerly the Department of Heritage & Arts. This name change better reflects the department as a whole and brings common goals to the forefront while aligning the seven divisions to an overall purpose. …

Latinos and Salt Lake City’s West Side: Part One

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twenty-EightBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark During the late 1880s and into the 1890s Latino/as slowly started to arrive in the Utah territory. It was largely railroad companies and later agriculture that drew Latino/as into Utah’s economy. In 1881, the first railway linked Mexico to the American Southwest. American corporations built and mainly controlled …

The Legacy of Salt Lake City’s Pioneer Fort

Salt Lake West Side Stores: Post Sevenby Brad Westwood Above photo caption: Utah’s Hall of Relics, built as a small Parthenon replica. Note above the pediment is a smaller relica of Ralph Ramsey’s flying eagle sculpture (the original atop Brigham Young’s Eagle Gate). The hall, constructed of plaster and jute fiber over a wooden frame, was built for the 1897 …

“My Life in [1950’s] Carbon County [Utah]:” A Conversation With Dr. Ronald G. Watt

A conversation with historian Ron Watt, about life in 1950s Carbon County, Utah. This episode is about Ron’s geographical journey entitled “My Life in Carbon County: a Personal Tour Through Time and Space.”

“Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders” — a Conversation with Co-author Allen Roberts

3.22.2021 (Season 2: Episode 16; 62 minutes) For the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece Podcast. The above photograph is of the three different cover designs for the Pulitzer Prize-nominated best-seller Salamander: The Story of the Mormon Forgery Murders. Courtesy of Allen Roberts. Podcast Introduction: The Netflix documentary Murder Among the Mormons (released March 3, 2021, IMDb) has created …

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) BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece podcast. The above photo is of an early 1950s “singalong,” a daily event where seasonal employees sang their goodbyes to “the dudes” before they were loaded on to the buses for Lund, Utah, to catch a Union Pacific train home. Courtesy of Southern Utah …

“The Peoples of Utah”- revisited, to be ready for USA’s 250th (1776-2026) anniversary celebration

January 11, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 10, 42 minutes) BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece podcast. The above panoramic photo is of members of the Ogden chapter of AHEPA (American Hellenic Educational Progressive Associations) gathered at the Mantua, Utah Fish Hatchery on July 28, 1929. Courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society. It has been forty-five years (1976-2021) since Utah historian Helen …

Utah’s Archaeological Past and the “Utah Cultural Stewardship Program”

01.25.2021 (Season 2: Episode 12; 54 minutes long) BuzzSprout version of the Speak Your Piece Podcast. Above photograph is of a petroglyph panel in Nine Mile Canyon (Duchesne County, Utah); Frank Beckwith photographer, Classified Photograph Collection, Utah State Historical Society. This episode of Speak Your Piece is about how you can learn, how you can experience the wonder, and how …

Utah’s Small Museum Landscape

1.18.2021 (Season 2: Episode 11; 64 minutes) Speak Your Piece Podcast on Buzzsprout. Above photograph is of the Uintah County Heritage Musuem (Vernal, Utah, 2019). The guests in this Speak Your Piece episode live and work in three dispersed regions of Utah: LeeAnn Denzer from east central Utah (Ashley Valley), Diana Call in the southwest corner (Little Valley) and Jami Van Huss …

Dr. Martha Bradley Evans: 20th century Utah and LDS women’s history, including the fight over the Equal Rights Ammendment (ERA)

January 4, 2021 (Season 2, Episode 9) BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece podcast. Above photo caption: Anti-ERA banquet, Washington, D.C., March 22, 1979; Anti-ERA activist Phyllis Schlafry (center) framed by Utah Repulican senator Orrin G. Hatch (right) and North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms (left), as the three accept applauds from banquet attendees (use by permission from Associated Press). …

Sons of Utah Pioneers (SUP), their magazine “The Pioneer,” & their 125th statehood anniversary issue

12.28.2020 (Season 2: Episode 8; 57 minutes) BuzzSprout version Speak Your Piece Podcast. Above illustration: The front cover of the Pioneer (vol. 67: No. 4, 2020 released 01.2021); courtesy of the SUP. Podcast (part 1 and 2 combined): Podcast Introduction: This episode includes William Tanner, the publisher of the Sons of Utah Pioneer’s (SUP) magazine; Wayne Hinton, the organization’s 2020 national …

A Patriarch & Three Scions: George Q. Cannon and his oldest sons John, Frank & Abraham

12.11.2020 (Season 2: Episode 7; 50 minutes) Speak Your Piece Podcast. Above photograph (left to right): Frank J. Cannon, Abraham H. Cannon, George Q. Cannon (patriarch) and John Q. Cannon; Charles R. Savage, photographer, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. Courtesy of the LDS Church HIstory Library. Podcast (part 1 and 2 combined): Podcast Introduction: Keep in mind that on January …