FY 2016 Appropriation

The Division of State History was created to be the "authority for state history," including archaeology and historic preservation. Its mission is to contribute to vibrant communities, a stronger economy, and better lives by helping people preserve, develop, and engage with Utah's history.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $3,176,500 from all sources for State History. This is a 3.9 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources. The total includes $2,167,100 from the General/Education Funds, an increase of 3.6 percent from revised Fiscal Year 2015 estimates.

The Division of State History supports the rehabilitation of historic sites. According to a 2013 study, "Profits through Preservation", $198,379,272 in wages were paid as a result of Utah historic preservation projects that used federal or state tax credits between 1990 and 2012. An additional $4.3 million in additional property tax revenues are collected annually from investments in Utah historic preservation projects. The program measures the number of jobs created annually by rehabilitation projects, as shown below.

Jobs Created From Historic Building Rehab

The Historic Preservation and Antiquities program uses G.I.S. Site, Survey and Project Records added to the collection as a productivity measure as shown below.

Site,Survey,Project Records

The Library and Collection program makes digital historic images available online. The results of this effort are shown below.

Historic Images Online


Statutory authority for the Division of State History is provided in UCA 9-8. The Division has responsibility for:

  • assisting with, preserving and interpreting historical and prehistoric resources;
  • stimulating research, study, and activities on Utah's history and prehistory;
  • facilitating public interaction with resources, including a research library and publications;
  • providing grants to heritage organizations and local governments;
  • coordinating state and federal preservation laws and programs;
  • cooperating with local, state, and federal entities and providing data and information related to history, prehistory, and preservation;
  • enhancing historic preservation for the state and acting as a state agency for the National Historic Preservation Program; and
  • aiding in the recovery and cultural affiliation analysis of human remains found on private lands.

Division of State History funding comes from the General Fund and federal funds, with a small portion coming from dedicated credit revenues.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.