HISTORIC PRESERVATION

Tooele City Historic Preservation Commission

Review National Register Applications

We have had two sites accepted on the National Register of Historic Places since I became chair of the commission. I helped facilitate this process and review applications.

CLG Grants

I promoted the grant program within the city and encouraged people to apply. I also helped write a grant application that helped the Tooele Valley Museum raise funds to replace the dock around the Tooele Valley Railway depot.

Protect National Register and Historic Sites

I have spoken out as an advocate for historical sites in the city. I have also helped prepare text for brochures, plaques, and social media about the city’s history.

Utah Creative Communities Program

I worked with the local library director to have Tooele City be the first location for the Utah Creative Communities Program. https://heritageandarts.utah.gov/creative-communities/ This program focuses the divisions of the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts (UTDHA) on one community. They prepare a cultural plan and help the community with specific issues.

One of the benefits of the program was to receive a building survey along Main Street that was completed by the State Historic Preservation Office. We also have had staff from the UTDHA come to Tooele and discuss options for historic preservation districts in the city.

Raise Awareness of Historic Preservation

Created an historic tour of downtown Tooele City that is based on the Tooele Valley Museum website. The tour follows the route of the Tooele Valley Railway. Each stop has images (maps and photos) and the option to select one of several stories associated at each stop. It is designed to be flexible to make it easy to add stops and stories. We explain the tour as a “create your own adventure tour.” It is available online and there is a PDF of the tour for people to download. I collaborated with local historians and historical groups to develop the tour.

Tooele County Historic Preservation Commission

CLG Grants

Encouraged local historic sites to submit National Register Applications, educated the public about applying for National Register status, educated the public about the CLG Grants Program, helped form connections between citizens and the Utah SHPO.

Protect National Register and Historic Sites

Visited county National Register sites to assess status.

Raise Awareness of Historic Preservation

I helped organize several events promoting historic sites and National Register Properties in Tooele County in coordination with other events, such as a display at a local pumpkin walk and information tables.

Secretary of Interior Qualifications

History
The minimum professional qualifications in history are a graduate degree in history or closely related field; or a bachelor’s degree in history or closely related field plus one of the following:

  1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, historic organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or
  2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of history.

I have a Ph.D. in American history and specialize in urban history, history of urban infrastructure, and global commodities.

I wrote a thesis and dissertation in American History. My M.A. thesis on the history of urban rail in Houston, Texas was published. I have also published several historical articles, served as an editor on an encyclopedia, taught at a university, and published reviews in scholarly journals.

I have been a practicing historian for over a decade, museum curator for over two years, and served on historical preservation commissions for over two years.

Architectural History
The minimum professional qualifications in architectural history are a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with coursework in American architectural history, or a bachelor’s degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following:

  1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or
  2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

I have a Ph.D. in American history and specialize in urban history, history of urban infrastructure, and global commodities.

I wrote a thesis and dissertation in American History. My M.A. thesis on the history of urban rail in Houston, Texas was published.

I have been a practicing historian for over a decade, museum curator for over two years, and served on historical preservation commissions for over two years.

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Public Historian, Museum Director, and Historical Site Preservation Advocate.