Public Lands Debate, Importance of Preservation and Homelessness in Town Hall 

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Whether you think of yourself as a history buff or not, the Utah State Historical Society's Rural Utah, Western Issues, the 2016 annual State History Conference, should pique your interest. Why? Because Utah is spending your tax dollars in the ongoing public lands debate. First thing in the conference is "Historical Perspectives on the Public Lands Debate in the American West," where you can hear about struggles to control access to natural resources. The keynote address, "Quicksand, Cactus and the Power of History in Polarized Times" covers life lessons from American cowboys. Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 South, West Valley City, 801-245-7225, Friday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., free, registration required,

You don't have to be a teacher to enjoy Evening for Educators. The event focuses on the importance of preservation, investigates the artwork of Joseph Cornell and talks about pocket galleries, collecting, documenting and saving important artifacts. Participants can embellish a personal museum-in-a-box as an enduring memento and receptacle for their own memories. These programs are offered to art teachers from around the state, SUU students and community members as well. There's only space for 30 participants, so call now. Southern Utah Museum of Art (SUMA), 13 S. 300 West, Cedar City, 435-586-5425, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m., free, open to public, call toreserve space,

Be part of the #FutureOfCities weeklong event series across 15 North American cities to talk about the difficult and crucial issues of providing services to the homeless. At Salt Lake City's event, Town Hall: Homelessness, you can meet key stakeholders and learn how to co-create solutions to help our community's most vulnerable. In a panel discussion about economics, housing, mental health and more, David Litvack, deputy chief of staff at Salt Lake City, along with Bryson Garbett, founder and president of Garbett Homes, gives a perspective of the city and of the business and real estate development communities. Impact Hub, 150 S. State, Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m., free, must RSVP,

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