History, Patriotic

Great Seal 200 Years Old Today

One of our revered national symbols–the Great Sea! of the United States–was impressed upon an official document for the first time Sept 16, 1782 … 200 years ago. The Great Seal is the official impression affixed to foreign treaties, presidential proclamations, and other important documents. It is assigned to custody of the Secretary of State.… Continue reading Great Seal 200 Years Old Today

BYU, History, Politics, Presidents, Provo History

How many presidents have visited Provo?

Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey’s Oct. 21 visit prompts these questions: How many United States presidents have visited in Provo and Utah County? How many vice presidents? We’re not so sure about the vice presidents. Richard Nixon was here for a speech at Brigham Young University Oct. 17, 1958 while he was vice president to Pres.… Continue reading How many presidents have visited Provo?

History, Provo History, Tourism, Utah History

Mount Charming by Any Name

Let’s take a few minutes to get better acquainted with a storied and many-named mountain, part of the Wasatch Range which rims Utah Valley. I refer to the green, forested landmark mountain fronting the valley between Maple and Spanish Fork Canyons, easterly from cities of Mapleton and Spanish Fork. Father Escalante named it Sierra Bonita (mountain beautiful)… Continue reading Mount Charming by Any Name

History, Holidays

Gratitude Still in Style

It’s Thanksgiving Day – and Americans throughout the world will pause to express thanks and commemorate the occasion in traditional U.S. style. In recent times, the enlargement of the Christmas shopping season has threatened to engulf Thanksgiving. Indeed, Yule decorations often are in place and Santa Claus has made his initial bow well before the… Continue reading Gratitude Still in Style

History, Holidays, Music, Patriotic, Provo History, Society

Pioneer Day in Utah – ‘Oh Beautiful for Pilgrim Feet

Oh beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impassioned stress A thoroughfare of freedom beat Across the wilderness These words from the second stanza of Katherine Lee Bates’ patriotic song “America the Beautiful” seem to catch the pulse and beat and spirit of the pioneers of this country’s frontiers. Miss Bates, a native of Massachusetts and late… Continue reading Pioneer Day in Utah – ‘Oh Beautiful for Pilgrim Feet

History, Includes Story From Life of NLC, Provo History

Two Provo Tabernacles TeII 100-Year History

The historic Provo Tabernacle is approaching a milestone – the centennial of the start of its construction in the spring of 1883. And off the press in time to herald the anniversary will be a new book entitled, “Provo’s Two Tabernacles and the People Who Built Them.” The 200-page volume illustrated by more than 70 pictures is… Continue reading Two Provo Tabernacles TeII 100-Year History

History, Holidays, Patriotic

Bicentennial of National Bird this year

There’s an eagle in your life and you have a current opportunity to get better acquainted with it. We refer to the American bald eagle mfthebicentennialofltsselecuonas national bird by the Continental Congress June 20, 1782. This being the 200 anniversary, it’s appropriate that Congress and the President have designated the 20th of June 1982 as… Continue reading Bicentennial of National Bird this year