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Tuesday, October 28, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ryan Paul
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The 2014 Utah Museums Association conference is in the books and planning is under way for our next adventure at Thanksgiving Point in 2015. One of my favorite events at the conference is always the awards dinner. This is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation and gratitude for a few members of our community who have risen above and beyond. This year, I had the privilege to serve on the awards committee and I can verify that we received a number of very compelling and deserving nominees. It proved a difficult decision in deciding the winners. As we look to next year, I would like to share with you this year’s award recipients:

The Bessie Jones Volunteer Award went to Karen and Daniel Adams of the American Fork Daughters of the Utah Pioneers for their tireless efforts in preserving and protecting the history and heritage of their area.



The Phil Notarianni Award for Distinguished Service went to Kurt Graham of the Church History Museum for his efforts in securing the WMA/UMA partnership that led to the very successful 2013 conference. This conference brought museum professionals from all over the West to Utah.


The Public Service Award went to Senator Gene Davis for his tireless efforts in supporting Utah’s museums. Senator Davis was instrumental in securing an additional $125,000 for the Utah Arts and Museums grant budget.


The Rising Professional award went to Britten Harmon for her work with the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Britten has made the study of their outreach programs and their impact on local communities the focus of her research.


The Award for Excellence in Exhibitions went to Thanksgiving Point Institute for the opening of The Museum of Natural Curiosity. If you have not been there yet, you should make it a point to visit and see for yourself why they won this award.




The UMA awards are designed for our members to provide much-needed recognition for their colleagues, institutions, and those other folks who inspire you to do what you do. As another awards cycle is beginning, I would encourage you provide a nomination. Now that I am not on the committee anymore, let us flood them with worthy recommendations.


Ryan D. Paul is the curator at Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City. He is the former Past President of UMA and served on the Awards Committee. 

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