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Historian is named to 2 director posts

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Philip F. Notarianni, noted Utah historian, has been appointed the new director of the Utah State Historical Society and the Utah Division of State History.

"I live and breathe history," acknowledged Notarianni, a Utah native and the son of Italian immigrants who was born, appropriately, on the 24th of July, the state's Pioneer Day.

He succeeds Max Evans, who resigned last year. Notarianni has been acting associate director, under the leadership of Wilson Martin, who had been interim director. "Phil is well-known in the community and he will assist in strengthening the partnership between the division and the department," said Dave Harmer, executive director of the Utah Department of Community and Economic Development. "The staff has excellent skills, and he will do a great job of building a cohesive team."

Notarianni has also worked as the state history coordinator of public programs, exhibits and technical assistance since 1990. He has also been an institutional representative of the American Association of Museums and a former president of the Utah Museums Association. He has written numerous articles and books on Utah's Italian history, ethnic and mining communities and other topics.

Notarianni holds bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Utah and still teaches in the ethnic studies program there. He also has a master's in history from the University of Minnesota and lives in Magna.

The history division/society is headquartered in the Rio Grande Building.