Vintage Signs of Sugar House Tour


Date:  October 14, 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 12:15 pm

Cost $30 per ticket, Preservation Utah members $25 per ticket

Max registration 22


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Join local author Lisa Michele Church as she discusses the lost art of sign making.  This is a combination lecture and tour to provide an entertaining and informative walking tour of Sugar House.  Learn the stories and secrets behind the signs of these local businesses as well as the skills of sign making.  The lecture portion will explore signage in metropolitan Salt Lake City and will be based on her beautifully photographed book – Vintage Signs of Utah – which will also be available for purchase.   The walking tour will focus on signs in Sugar House and the history behind them.

Event will begin with a lecture at 10 am inside the Fiddlers Elbow restaurant (formerly Salt Lake Pizza and Pasta), walking tour will commence around 11 am and last until noon or 12:15 pm, returning to the Fiddlers Elbow restaurant. 

Come and enjoy this fascinating and nostalgic stroll down memory lane with Lisa-Michele.

Included with ticket purchase is a coupon for $5 off food purchase of $15 or more at Fiddler’s Elbow (formerly Salt Lake Pizza and Pasta). Make sure to print and bring your email registration confirmation to receive the discount.


About our Guide

Lisa-Michelle Church literally wrote the book on Utah’s historic signs! Beyond her impressive career experience and legal practice, Lisa-Michele Church also runs a small non-profit called Relentless History. She publishes books and makes presentations on untold Utah stories. Her historical interests focus on the American West and vernacular architecture. Her most recent book – VINTAGE SIGNS OF UTAH – is on sale at The King’s English Bookshop in Salt Lake City. It is a fascinating tour of hundreds of vintage signs around Utah. She presents to a variety of scholarly and community groups on such topics as hand-made adobe brick homes, early 20th century apartment buildings, vintage roadside motels, women-owned beauty shops, and tourism development along the Arrowhead Highway in mid-20th century American West. Her published work includes the books Historic Salt Lake City Apartment Buildings (2018) and Sunlight and Shadow – The Page Ranch Story (2017), along with numerous articles such as “Early Roadside Motels and Motor Courts of St. George, Utah,” Utah Historical Quarterly, Winter 2012, photographic essays, and brochures. She is a frequent presenter at the Utah State History Conference and other venues. The website illustrates some of these efforts and you can also see her work by visiting @relentlesshistory on Instagram!


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