Learn about Utah’s history and the people who lived in the area. Includes information about Native American tribes, pioneer settlers, and Mormons. View historical photographs and read diaries written 150 years ago. Find out what the state name means. There are links to eThemes Resources on Utah’s state symbols, the transcontinental railroad, and pioneer life.
Use the graphic links on the left to navigate through this site, which features historical diaries, excerpts from books, articles, commentaries, and maps reflecting the life and times of early Mormon pioneers. For the videos, click on the "Multimedia" link at the top. This online project also has lesson plans and activities appropriate for elementary, middle- and high-school students.
Learn about Utah's state flower, animal, insect, gem, fish, cooking pot, folk dance, and more. Listen to the call of the state bird or the tune of the state hymn. Read about the history behind the symbols and view images.
Learn about the history, construction, and impact of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States. Includes historic photographs, maps, and suggested classroom activities. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on trains.
These sites are about daily life on the frontier. Learn about frontier towns and the chores and games that the pioneers participated in. Read the original Homestead Act that prompted many people to move West. Includes videos and historical photographs. There are links to eThemes Resources on pioneer food, sod houses, and hardships along the Oregon Trail.