Brief, one-page historical summaries of each of Utah's 29 counties are the focus of the Utah State Historical Society's 1988 issue of "Beehive History."
The histories were written by Historical Society staff members and the booklet will also contain photographs from around the state.Miriam Murphy, publications director, said the issue is focusing on the counties because there is no other publication readily available to the public that looks at Utah history from the perspective of the individual counties. She said the booklet is excellent light reading material for history buffs and can also be used as a reading supplement in the schools.
"We get a lot of requests each year for information on the counties, especially from students," Murphy said. "Fourth-graders in the state study the counties and we get a number of requests from them for information."
Murphy said the articles are best described as summary histories. She said each contains information on the geography of the county, its prehistoric peoples, when it was settled, the date it was formally organized and a rundown of major events.
The 1988 edition is the 14th issue of "Beehive History." Past issues have dealt with such topics as agriculture, inventions, technology, archaeology and paleontology. "We try to take a particular broad issue each year and focus on that subject," Murphy said.
The booklet should be available in two weeks and will cost $1.50. Utahns interested in joining the society, however, can get the booklet free. Murphy said membership in the society entitles the member to receive the annual booklet, copies of the Utah Historical Quarterly, six issues of the eight-page Utah State Historical Society Newsletter and discounts on other society publications and tours. The regular annual membership fee is $15. Senior citizens over 65 and students can join for $10.
Murphy said each issue of the quarterly contains more than 100 pages of articles, historical photographs, book reviews and book notices on subjects relating to Utah history. A special effort is made to publish articles about all parts of the state on a wide range of historical topics. 1988 articles included such titles as "The Beginning of Modern Electric Power Service in Utah," "Frederick Kesler, Utah Craftsman," "Overland Emigration, the California Trail and the Hastings Cutoff," and "Little Berlin: Swiss Saints of the Logan 10th Ward."
In 1989, the quarterly plans to publish articles dealing with the impact of World War I on Utah, the Salt Lake Theater, resorts around Utah Lake, mink ranches and bootlegging in southeastern Utah.
Memberships can be obtained by sending the proper fee to the Utah State Historical Society, 300 Rio Grande, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Murphy said those joining the society should include a reminder that they would like the free copy of the 1988 "Beehive History."