2021 Preservation Month Content

The Ancestral Puebloan

Part 1: Chapters of Utah's Architectural History

May 3rd

The Ancestral Puebloans were the first culture to contribute to Utah's built heritage. This lecture features several of the remarkable structures the Puebloans constructed and considers what these structures symbolized to their builders.


Utah's Nomadic Tribes

Part 2: Chapters of Utah's Architectural History

May 6th

Each of Utah's tribes created shelters that best suited their nomadic lifestyles. This lecture explains how shelter types corresponded to Piute, Ute, and Shoshone living traditions.


Reconstructing the Preservation Movement

Partner Event: Utah State Historic Preservation Office

May 6th at 6:00 PM (online)

The world has changed greatly since the American preservation movement formally began with Ann Pamela Cunningham saving George Washington’s Mt.Vernon in 1853. As preservationists we are taught to learn from the past, but in our effort to preserve it have we forgotten to also look forward? Reflecting on how the preservation movement began Sarah Marsom will showcase examples of where it is going and help us conceptualize how preservation can be reconstructed to become a movement of, by, and for all. Let’s expand our toolkit, our understanding of who is a preservationist, and empower each other for the future of our communities!

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Sarah Marcom Reconstructing the Preservation Movement

Mountain Men: Trading Posts & Forts

Part 3: Chapters of Utah's Architectural History

May 10th

This lecture illustrates how mountain men facilitated Utah's initial pioneer settlement through forts and trading posts they constructed at key sites along pioneer trails and settlement areas.



Pioneer Settlement Patterns: Building Zion in the American West

Part 4: Chapters of Utah's Architectural History

May 13th

1847 marked Salt Lake City's establishment and the launch of Intermountain Western settlement. This lecture uses Salt Lake City's initial development to highlight pioneer-era city planning and architectural development.



Service Day

Saturday, May 15th, 8:00am to 11:00am

We need volunteers to help weed flowerbeds, trim trees, mulch and pick up fallen debris. SLC Parks Dept will provide equipment and supplies. All volunteers please wear a mask! Bring hats, gloves, water, sunscreen and wear appropriate shoes. Bring the whole family for some fun that serves everyone! A complimentary lunch will be served to all volunteers courtesy of Intermountain LDS Hospital.

More info on Memory Grove Clean Up can be found here.

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Immigrant Architecture & Industrial Communities

Part 5: Chapters of Utah's Architectural History

May 17th

Utah's architectural richness has a great deal to do with the immigrants who settled in the state and the industrialization that drew many of these immigrants. This lecture focuses on the 19th and early 20th century architecture that resulted from this immigration and industrialization.

Early 20th Century Architectural Professionalization

Part 6: Chapters of Utah's Architectural History

May 20th

In the 19th century, many of Utah's architects first trained as craftspeople (furniture makers, plasterers, etc) and not as architects. This lecture highlights the contributions made by the first professionally trained architects who came to Utah around the turn of the 20th century.

20th Century Modernism

Part 7: Chapters of Utah's Architectural History

May 24th 

As with earlier architectural styles, Modernism came to Utah via architects who either left Utah for their studies or ultimately settled in Utah and brought new architectures to the state in the process. This lecture highlights these architectural pioneers and some of the buildings they gifted to the state.

History Sessions

Part 7: Chapters of Utah's Architectural History

May 31st 11am-1pm or online (tickets required)

Join Preservation Utah and Lake Effect for a gathering that showcases local preservation success stories in downtown Salt Lake City. There will be an in-person, socially-distanced version at Lake Effect on Memorial Day which includes 2 drinks, an appetizer, a history lecture by our Executive Director, and private tour of the historic Lake Effect space. You can also participate in a fully online version which includes access to the history lecture, a voucher for an appetizer at Lake Effect to be used at a future date, and exclusive photos of the historic space. For more information and to get your tickets, visit here.

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Image: Lake Effect bar downtown Salt Lake City (Preservation Utah)