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The Way We Worked Exhibition Tour Culminates in Park City

The Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition The Way We Worked is now in Park City and you can see it at the Park City Museum on Main Street through January 10, 2018. If you haven't had a chance to see the exhibition, be sure to visit while it's in Park City which  will wrap up an entire year's stay in six sites throughout the state.

As the final site of this tour, Park City Museum opened the exhibition on Veteran's Day, November 11th, where community members paid special tribute to veteran's. Local veteran and Summit County council representative Glenn Wright spoke briefly as part of the opening opening, as did World War II veteran Carl Workman. Megan van Frank of Utah Humanities, who is directing the state tour, also spoke at the opening, saying that:
" All of us - staff and volunteers from the host museums, their local community partners, the UMFA, Utah Humanities - we've been working together for nearly two years now on this tour, and I will say what a pleasure it is to share such good work with such dedicated people. "

In addition to the Veteran's Day opening, the Museum's companion exhibition Park City Works tells the stories of several Park City workers pre-1950, who pursued careers outside the mining industry, when mining was the backbone of Park City's economy. These exhibits and all associated activities (which include events such as a writing workshop, storytelling, film screening, and book club discussion) are all are free and open to the public.

Courtney Titus, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Park City Museum remarked that 
"Preparing for this exhibition, and creating our own local exhibition, has challenged us in good, growth-oriented ways. Through the theme of "work" we've had an opportunity to further preserve interesting Park City history and to curate deeply relevant stories."
"Hosting this traveling exhibition," says Sandra Morrison, Executive Director of the Park City Museum, "has given us a focused lens through which we have fine-tuned our skills and capacity as a museum. We are thrilled to host the Smithsonian."

Be sure to visit the Park City Museum as the last stop on The Way We Worked tour, visit www.parkcityhistory.org and get all of the Park City events here. In addition, read terrific coverage of the exhibition here and here.

Photo 1: Community members attend the Veteran's Day opening in Park City and enjoy the exhibitions.

Photo 2: 
Local veteran and Summit County council representative Glenn Wright spoke and mingled with community members at the Park City Museum opening of
 The Way We Worked.

Photos courtesy of Cristi Wetterberg. 

Clemente Students Shine, Educators Give Their All

The East High School Clemente program (now in its fifth consecutive year) and the West High Clemente program (currently in its first year) have both entered the second quarter of the school year and students continue to grow, develop, and shine. Clemente provides college-level study of the humanities for high school students who would be first-generation college applicants, and works directly with colleges to provide a substantive experience.

Students Shine with Exceptional Participation

East High began with a journey into Art History with Hikmet Loe and her outstanding teaching assistant Emma Metos. The group is now on to an exploration of Philosophy with Patricia Rohrer and her teaching assistant Aric Harrison. All faculty are extremely impressed with the level of engagement and commitment the students have displayed, and the students are deeply enjoying the class. One student has even agreed to be part of a Utah Humanities video project describing her experience.

West High began the year with Literature, taught by Lynn Kilpatrick and her assistant Nic Contreras. Now, they are on to United States History with John Gauthier and his assistant Urian Ayers. Like East, the students at West continue to demonstrate a rich level of engagement, including the ability to ask graduate-level questions and think critically.

Fierce, Dedicated Partners Make Clemente Possible and Pertinent

Utah Humanities is proud and excited to be working with three new partners: West High, University of Utah College of Humanities, and Salt Lake Community College who have made Clemente and West High a great success thus far. They are fierce partners, dedicated to making sure these students can take full advantage of this unique opportunity.

The course would not be possible without the deeply engaged, committed, and helpful site directors: Josie Wankier (West), Kellie May (West), and George Henry (East). Each of these site directors are extraordinary and are essential to Clemente's continue growth and success.

"The faculty members, site directors, and all involved in supporting this program are a gift to these students," says Josh Wennergren, Clemente Program Officer for Utah Humanities, "I could not be more pleased with this group's relentless effort to encourage historically excluded students to find their own voices and agency in their communities, as well as to apply for and succeed in college."

East High and West High serve as models for a successful Clemente program, and we continue to receive interest in, and questions about, how to implement Clemente at additional Utah high schools.

For more information on the program and how it benefits Utah students, contact Josh Wennergren at  wennergren@utahhumanities.org or 801.359.9670 ext. 106.

Photos: East High School Clemente students learn about Art History through discussion and reflection, hands-on experience, and presentations. Photos courtesy of Hikmet Loe.

National Humanities Conference Sees Record Attendance

Joint Conference Weaves Humanities Conversations and Experiences

The 2017 National Humanities Conference was held November 2-5 in Boston, MA, and was the second in a series of joint conferences organized by The Federation of State Humanities Councils (FSHC) and The National Humanities Alliance (NHA). Utah Humanities enjoyed hosting the first joint national conference last year in Salt Lake City.

This year's conference saw record attendance and explored humanities collaborations, how to bridge the academic and public humanities fields, and ways to address contemporary challenges, both locally and nationally.

Attendees, including board and staff from Utah Humanities, experienced new sessions and formats, offsite humanities content, and professional growth. We each attended sessions that featured conversations on such topics as  immediate response, academic and public collaboration, communications tactics including podcasting and memes, development strategies, and programs like the Clemente Course and Humanities Action Lab. We were also able to share best practices, ask questions and learn from each other across humanities organizations in group conversations.

Each day began and concluded with events such as the special presentation of the 35th anniversary of the Schwartz Prize and the 2017 Capps Lecture featuring Dr. Craig Steven Wilder.

Cynthia Buckingham's Farewell and Tribute

At the Federation of State Humanities Council board meeting held in conjunction with the annual National Humanities Conference, we, along with the FSHC board, said a very fond farewell to Cynthia Buckingham in light of her upcoming retirement.

We were honored to create a formal Resolution of Thanks as tribute. Jodi Graham, Associate Director of Utah Humanities, wrote and eloquently presented the resolution, which reads in part:

"Under Cynthia's graceful leadership, Utah Humanities' programs have grown to deeply affect individuals and influence communities in highly positive ways.  She is a champion of working with partners all over the state to generate discussion of important issues, preserve Utah history, help promote literacy, and provide life-changing educational opportunities for historically excluded adults and students." 

The resolution was met with applause and gratitude to Cynthia for her many years of extremely influential work. It was clear that Cynthia is a respected and well-loved member of the national humanities community.

Photo: Conference attendees gather to meet with their regional colleagues and discuss challenges and successes in their respective organizational roles. Photo courtesy of the National Humanities Conference.

Utah Humanities Board Member Wins City Council Seat

Congratulations to UH board member George Handley who was elected to the Provo City  Council.  George currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature. He holds degrees in Comparative Literature from Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley. He has a special interest in the environmental humanities, having written and spoken often about the intersections between religion, literature, and the environment in academic and civic contexts.

As a member of the Utah Humanities Board of Directors, he has served on the Program Committee and the Communications Committee, and has worked as a liaison for potentially implementing our Clemente course in Provo. He has willingly given untold hours in board service and has been a valuable advocate of the humanities. We truly value his wisdom, experience, and committed humanities work.

In one day, YOU can empower Utahns to improve their communities through active engagement in the humanities!
On Tuesday, November 28, nonprofits, families, businesses, community organizations, and individuals around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving to worthy causes. YOU have the opportunity to join this global movement and take action to help create a better Utah.
Every act of generosity counts, so join us and others around the state to support Utah Humanities and other local nonprofits, and make a positive impact right where you live. Stay tuned for more details!
Want to make a gift today? Visit http://bit.do/UH-Online-Giving to invest in humanities programs that bring people with different perspectives and experiences together to discuss important local issues.

Stay tuned for more information on how to support Utah Humanities on this essential day of giving.
For more information, contact Cristi Wetterberg at wetterberg@utahhumanities.org or 801.359.9670.

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Many Thanks

One person can make a difference and everyone should try" - John F. Kennedy

At the end of our 2017 fiscal year and the beginning of a new year ahead, Utah Humanities would like to thank everyone who has supported us through partnerships and financial gifts . Our work thrives and grows each year because of your participation. We are able to empower Utahns to improve their communities through the humanities because of you.  
Utah Humanities is grateful for the generous support of many individuals, foundations, and corporations, and for public funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the State of Utah, and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts, and Parks Fund.

Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.