Utah Centennial 1896-1996
A Photo Exhibit
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University of Utah History
- Deseret University, 1850-1892
- The New U of U, 1892-1914
- World War I and the Roaring 20's
- The Great Depression and World War II
- Rapid Expansion, 1946-1964
- A Time of Tensions, 1964-1973
- Becoming a Research Center, 1973-1990
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- Notable Alumni & Affiliates
- Utah Centennial 1896-1996 - A Photo Exhibit
- Utah Inter-Urban Railway History in Photographs
- Working Together: A Utah Portfolio
When Utah became the 45th state on January 4, 1896, it was the culmination of almost half a century of effort by Utah statesmen and citizens. Accordingly, the state celebrated with parades, speeches, bells, choir performances, and other ceremonies. Many public, private, and religious buildings were decorated with bunting and flags, and many citizens showed their public spirit fervor by dressing in patriotic costumes and attending rallies and dances.
As Utah historian Dale Morgan noted, "men live rich and quiet lives outside the boiling currents of their times." In many parts of Utah, life had to go on the same as it had on January 3, 1896, and as it would on January 5th. Children had to attend school, railroads had to run, chores had to be done, business had to be conducted. This portion of the exhibit depicts daily life in Utah around the same time as the statehood celebrations.
Created by Roy Webb, Multimedia Archivist; updated by Multimedia Staff 2022. Contact us.