Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics & Public Service

Project Prologue

Utah History Encyclopedia

The Utah History Encyclopedia was published in 1994 as a joint project of the Utah State Historical Society and the University of Utah Press with funding provided by the Utah Centennial Commission.  It includes more than five hundred entries written by two hundred seventy historians and writers on a variety of subjects, places, individuals, and events in Utah history.  In his letter published on the back of the dust jacket of the volume, Governor Leavitt wrote: “Utah is a state rich in history and tradition.  In 1896 Utah became the nation’s 45th state.  This book, supported by a grant from the Utah Centennial Commission, provides fascinating information about Utah’s first 100 years of statehood.  From the Utah War to the Utah Jazz, from Philo T. Farnsworth to Flaming Gorge, this reference work describes the people, places and events that have shaped this state and made it what it is today.  I am confident you will find this in-depth encyclopedia informative and hope you will enjoy learning more about the great state of Utah.”

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