What's New

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  • This summer we will be updating our website and starting to work with the US Forest Service on plans for an archeological dig of the old town of Alta.  Please click here to see a film about the old town of Alta prepared by our President Emeritus Brian Jones.  We are also adding material on different hikes at Alta with mining history prepared by Charles Keller, authour of "The Lady in the Ore Bucket" about the mining history of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
  • Our Fireside Chat progam this ski season was a great success and featured some of a collection of vintage Alta films from the generous donation which was provided by our Chairman Emeritus, Alan Engen.   Click here to see what talks we have had in the past.
  • Alta Powder News 75th Anniversary Edition is available, click here to view.
  • Our new "Search" function allows website visitors to locate information from Alta Powder News articles by subject.  To begin a search, go to Database Search.
  • Explore our new Geology of Alta web page including an in depth description of Alta's geological history and how it relates to our outdoor experience.

Alta's 70th Anniversary Poster

AFor the Love of Skiing

Welcome to the Alta Historical Society

Listen to Alan Engen on Radio West with Doug Fabrizio talking about the rich history of Alta featured in the new film The Alta Experience

The goal of the Alta Historical Society (AHS) is to preserve Alta’s rich history, from the mining era of the mid-1800s to the development of Alta as one of the world’s finest skiing destinations. (Mission Statement) Through our web site, we highlight past events, stories about notable characters, photographs, and a map of historical sites in Alta.

The Alta Historical Society, Friends of Alta and ACE hosted the Alta Gala 2016, a fund raiser for Alta’s three non-profit organizations at La Caille last April.  Thanks to all the supporters and everyone who attended it was a great success again.  Each year the Alta Gala selects an individual, or individuals, to give the Stellar Award in recognition for their contributions to Alta's environment, culture and history.  This year we honored Dr. Kenneth Libre, founder and head of the Alta Clinic,  and citizen of Alta for his many contributions to our community.

We hope you find our website informative and entertaining. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments by visiting our Contact AHS page

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