African Americans and Salt Lake’s West Side: Part One

Salt Lake West Side Stores: Post Twenty-FourBy Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark The above photograph was described by the photographer as “Wright’s Card Club, Blacks, at 313 E. 8th S. [Salt Lake City, Utah], April 27, 1945;” Ray King, photographer; Salt Lake Tribune Negative Collection; Courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society. This post was updated and expanded in early …

Returning Home: Diné Poetry, Essays, Art & Journalism from Utah’s Intermountain Indian School (1950-1983, Brigham City)

Date: November 29, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 14: 102 minutes long). Click Here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above illustration is a cropped image of the cover of Drs. King, Taylor and Swensen’s book Returning Home: Diné Creative Works From The Intermountain Indian School (2021). The art featured is by Diné artist Robert Chee …

“Soul of God” – the Life & Works of Utah Raised Mexican Muralist Pablo O’Higgins – A Conversation with Susan Vogel, Fanny Guadalupe Blauer and Catherine Aviles

Date: February 28, 2022 (Season 4, Episode 5: 73 minutes (1 hr 13 min.). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above image is an untitled work by Pablo O’Higgins. Not-for-profit use courtesy of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here for more …

Utah & the Mormons First Fifty Years Together: A Conversation with LDS Church Historians Matt Grow and Scott Hales

January 24, 2022 (Season 4, Episode 3; 1 hour and 15 minutes). Click here for the Buzzsprout versions of this episode. The above image is of the U.S. Postal Service’s 3 cent 1947 commemoration stamp, which celebrated the arrival of the Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847 (courtesy of Wikipemedia Commons). Are you interested in …

The New Juneteenth Holiday & Utah’s Laws on Interracial Marriage (1888-1963)

June 2, 2022 (Season 4, Episode 9, episode length: 61 minutes) Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece Episode. Photograph caption: wife & husband, George and Lucinda Flake Stevens (Union, Utah Territory); they met at dance while George was working as a wagon freighter. Born in Mexico, George’s father was white and his mother Hispanic. Lucinda …

The Enduring Value & Big Arguments of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s Book “A House Full of Females” (2017)

February 7, 2022 (Season 4, Episode 4: 67 minutes long), click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of (beginning top left) Emmeline B. Wells, Mrs. Goddard, Mary Musser, Maggie Mitchell, Rachel Grant and Bathsheba W. Smith; Salt Lake City 13th Ward Relief Society group; mid-1870s; Charles W. Carter, photographer. Courtesy of …

A NEW FLAG FOR UTAH? A NEW BRAND, ALONG WITH THE FAMILIAR

Date: November 15, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 13; 32 minutes long). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this episode. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here for more episodes. Above image caption: Are we experiencing “flag envy”? Some the most beloved state flags, from across the United States, are from left to right, the …

“Topaz Stories: Remembering the Japanese American Incarceration”

June 2, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 2, the recording in 48 minutes) Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is of an unidentified man standing amid tar paper covered Topaz residential blocks, circa 1942-1945. Courtesy of the Peoples of Utah Collection, Utah Division of State History. This episode of Speak Your Piece …

W. Paul Reeve, “Century of Black Mormons”

Date: November 25, 2019 (Season 1, Episode 3; 45:00 minutes). Click for the Part One and Part Two Buzzsprout versions of this Speak Your Piece Episode. The above image is a photograph of Samuel and Amanda Chambers, a 19th Century Mormon Couple. Image Courtesy of CenturyofBlackMormons.Org. Are you interested in other episodes of Speak Your Piece? Click here for more …

Stories by Ken Sanders: SLC’s Book Trade, 1960s-70s Counterculture and Reciting Wendell Berry

Date: September 13, 2021 (Season 3, Episode 12; 77:00 minutes). Click here for the BuzzSprout version of this Speak Your Piece episode. The above photograph is an image of rare books dealer, Ken Sanders, in front of his beloved bookstore, Ken Sanders Rare Books, courtesy of the Salt Lake Tribune (Photographer Jeremy Harmon). Are you interested in other episodes of …

Benevolent and Mutual Aid Societies, Fraternal Orders, and Labor Unions and Salt Lake City’s West Side

Salt Lake West Side Stories: Post Twentyby Brad Westwood and Cassandra Clark Above image caption: The Salt Lake City office of the Modern Woodmen of America, a workers’ fraternal life insurance organization, was located in 1911 in an upper floor office of the Bamberger Building (163 So. Main St.). Courtesy of the Utah State Historical Society, Shipler Photographic Collection (Neg. …