“Bruce “Utah” Phillips became famous the world over by performing songs, poems and stories that told the tale of normal, hard-working folks.
Off the stage, he was well known as a labor organizer and advocate for the homeless. He was a local celebrity who placed high value on people being treated fairly and equally regardless of their economic status.
Phillips was instrumental in opening Hospitality House, a nonprofit community shelter for the homeless in Nevada County that is largely funded by donations. The building in which the shelter resides is now called Utah’s Place, in honor of the dedication and hard work Phillips put into the project.
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Phillips’ death. To commemorate the occasion Hospitality House will host Remembering Utah Phillips, an open house to which the community is invited. Attendees will have an opportunity to share a story, a song, a poem or a memory of Phillips.”
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