The Utah Endowment for the Humanities has received a $50,000 Merit Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for Utah's "The Anasazi World," a traveling exhibit that also featured archaeology and Native American history lectures and discussions.

The Utah Endowment was one of seven councils nationally to receive the $50,000 award for programs of unusually high quality and excellence. Twenty-six humanities councils competed for the awards."Twenty-five million Americans every year attend exhibitions, lectures and other programs sponsored by state humanities councils," said Lynne V. Cheney, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"The enthusiastic leadership and diverse programming demonstrated by the state councils help strengthen the cultural life of the nation. The seven state councils receiving Merit Awards are to be commended for their superior performance in promoting history, literature, languages and other humanities disciplines."

Utah's humanities program was praised for making various anthologies and discussion guides available to senior citizens, an oral history proj-ect in Blanding, public programs on folklore and the publication of two magazines.

The Utah council also maintains a speakers bureau of 20 scholars representing topics as diverse as Greek mythology, 19th century women's experiences on the frontier and medical ethics.