Saturday, March 15, 2014 was the date and Dixie State U. in St. George was the location for the first regional History Symposium to be sponsored by the Sons of Utah Pioneers. The purpose of the regional Symposiums is to offer S.U.P. members and the interested public in areas more distant from the Salt Lake City headquarters an informative and inspiring program on LDS and Pioneer History, similar to the successful annual S.U.P. Historical Symposium held in Salt Lake City every May.
The St. George regional Symposium was a great success. The speakers were excellent in both the afternoon and dinner sessions. Attendees, S.U.P. members and leaders were universally excited by the experience and expressed appreciation for bringing the Symposium to southern Utah.
The Afternoon Session speakers and subjects were:
Brian Reeves, Researcher in the LDS Church History Department, “Suppression of Evidence in the Aftermath of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.”
Steven Craig Harper, Author, Historian in the LDS Church History Department, “First Vision Accounts: What They Say and Why.”
Ardis E. Parshall, Writer, Columnist and Historian with the LDS Church History Library, “Pioneer Stories You May Not Have Heard.”
Craig Harline, Professor of History at Brigham Young University: “What Happened to My Bell Bottoms? How Things That Were Never Going to Change Sometimes Change Anyway, and How History Can Help Us Make Sense of It All.”
We particularly appreciate author and Professor Leo Lyman, who moderated the program.
The Dinner Session featured Emeritus Elder Ronald T. Halverson on “What We Still Can Learn from the Pioneers.”
Thanks to all those who helped make the St. George Symposium successful.