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It has many.

An object has a physical story, an ownership story, a story of history. Facts and fables. Reminiscence and recollection. Memory and dream. All stories for one object, any object, every object.

Each piece in our state collection is a vessel for their many stories. Below, we at the Department of Heritage & Arts will offer new stories each month.

Frontiering a Salted Earth
The Studio Walls


The collections held in trust by the Utah Department of Heritage & Arts (DHA) are a treasure trove of manuscripts, rare books, historical artifacts, photographs, paintings, sculpture, and folk art. Each object offers insights into understanding and celebrating Utah’s people, places, and cultures. 

Yet, they are stored in an enviromnent that faces daily threats because of inadequate environmental controls, deteriorated building systems, and destructive natural processes.

What’s more, Utah is one of just two states that lack a comprehensive state history or heritage collections management facility in which to preserve, curate, and share our state treasures.

The Utah Department of Heritage & Arts proposes a State of Utah History & Art Collection Center to educate, care for, and share these pieces with all Uthans.