The Utah Historical Society, founded in 1897, encourages the research, study, and publication of Utah history. From its modest beginnings, the Utah Historical Society has grown to several hundred members, developed a research collection of over a million items, published over 300 issues of the Utah Historical Quarterly, led the historic preservation movement in Utah for nearly fifty years, created energetic antiquities and museums programs, and much more.
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. Preserve knowledge and resources for future generations. State History provides all services and information as a non-regulatory, business-friendly agency.
We are thrilled to announce the release of our 2023-2027 Strategic Plan. Since April 2022, the History team has worked hard on developing a plan that feels representative of the work we are doing now and into the next five years of our organization’s development. We spoke to audiences long steeped in our organization’s history, from scholars and k-12 audiences to new to us audiences and the general public.
We hosted 32 Community Listening Sessions, 10 focus groups, and received 1,077 survey responses from all 29 counties across the state. We are committed to being data-driven in our decision making and plan to use the Strategic Plan as our guiding light moving forward. We hope you enjoy digging into our Strategic Priorities and join us on our journey in becoming your Utah Historical Society.
We are thrilled to reveal the Utah Historical Society’s (formerly Utah Division of State History) new brand identity. This new design fulfills our strategic goals of providing a new visual direction for the Utah Historical Society — honoring our organizational past while looking ahead to our bright future. Throughout these changes, our mission remains the same: to foster curiosity about the past, inform the present, and strengthen our shared future.
MAKING OUR HISTORY AVAILABLE
The Utah Historical Society collects materials related to the history of Utah, assists communities, agencies, building owners, and consultants with 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.
History Ambassador Program
The History Ambassador program is designed to be a cohort experience geared towards current university and college students, or those transitioning careers.
Stand Alone Internships
We are committed to removing barriers of access and creating an equitable platform for everyone to learn about our organization, the work we do, and Utah History.
Museum of Utah
This program is designed for those individuals who are not in a place to commit to a longer term opportunity, or who are simply wanting to get a better understanding of the public history sector.