"Bee-"versity in the Hive: The Beehive and Utah's Diverse Demographics

Shoshone Beaded Bag

Shoshone Beaded Bag with Beehive and Sego Lilies, Wallace Zundell. Utah State Archives, 1982.

The beehive symbol has been adopted by different cultural communities throughout Utah's history from 1847 onwards to express a Utah identity blended with their heritage. The Beehive State has long been a crossroads of cultural diversity, especially since the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Today, Utah is home to a diverse range of ethnic, racial, social, and religious groups, and its demographics continue to shift rapidly.