Preserving and sharing Utah's past for present and future generations



In 1897, public-spirited Utahns organized the Utah State Historical Society in order to expand public understanding of Utah's past. Today, the Utah Division of State History administers the Society and as part of its statutory obligations, publishes the Utah Historical Quarterly, which has collected and preserved Utah's unique history since 1928. The Division also collects materials related to the history of Utah, assists communities, agencies, building owners, and consultants with state and federal processes regarding archaeological and historical resources, administers the ancient human remains program, makes historical resources available in a specialized research library, offers extensive online resources and grants, and assists in public policy and the promotion of Utah's rich history.



    We work to: Strengthen Utah’s economic health, particularly in rural areas. Make communities better places, where people feel at home and grounded in heritage. Foster individual learning, understanding, and excitement about their heritage. Provide tools and assistance to agencies and local governments to help them do their jobs more efficiently. Preserve knowledge and resources for future generations. State History provides all services and information as a non-regulatory, business-friendly agency.


    The Utah Historic Trails Consortium is formed to cooperatively identify, preserve, mark, and promote historic trails in Utah. For questions, please contact Chris Merritt, 801-245-7263


    The Utah Committee on Geographic Names is tasked with reviewing and providing recommendations regarding geographic name proposals in Utah submitted to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. For additional information, contact Arie Leeflang, 801-538-4864. More information.

The Board of State History

The Board of State History consists of eleven members, appointed by the Governor for four-year terms. The Board makes policy for the Division, advises the Director, and acts as the State Historic Preservation Review Board. The federal regulations regarding the State Historic Preservation Review Board are found in 36 CFR 61.4 (e).


2021 Board of State History Meeting Dates: January 21, March 18, May 20, July 15, September 16, November 18

You may view agendas as they are posted on the public notice board under the Department of Heritage & Arts (Entity) and Board of State History (Body).

Dina Blaes, 2021, Salt Lake City

Vice Chair:
Wesley Robert White, 2021, Salt Lake City

John B. D’Arcy, 2022, Salt Lake City
Spencer Ryan Hall, Salt Lake City, 2023
Ken Gallacher, 2022, Riverton
David Rich Lewis, 2023, Logan
Steven Lloyd Olsen, 2021, Heber City
Margaret H. Olson, 2023, Park City
David Scott Richardson, 2023, Salt Lake City
Richard Talbot, 2022, Provo
Heather A. Wilson, 2023, Millcreek

For more information on Board matters, contact Alycia Rowley at 801-245-7226.


The activity that is the subject of this website has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the State Historic Preservation Office of Utah. The contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or the Utah State Historic Preservation Office, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior or the Utah State Historic Preservation Office.

Nondiscrimination Statement

This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office for Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 849 C Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20240.