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Utah State History Conference: September 9-11, 2011

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 27, 2011

The 56th Annual Utah State History Conference

September 9 – 11th, 2011

Fort Douglas
32 Potter Street
Salt Lake City

Open to the Public

Full conference program, room assignments, directions/map, and other useful information can be found on the Historical Society’s website

Emphasis is of course on Utah rather than Mormon history. Presenters who often take part at Mormon Studies conferences, or whose topics seem most likely to include Mormon content, are:

Saturday, September 10

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

William P. MacKinnon
“Utah’s Civil War(s): Linkages and Connections”

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Fred Woods
“Icelanders in Utah”

Jessie Embry
“Enjoying San Juan County Public Lands”

Curtis Allen
“Camp Floyd: The Civil War and Beyond”

Audrey Godfrey
“The Logan Academy”

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Chad Orton
“‘We Will Admit You as a State’: William H. Hooper, Utah, and the Secession Crisis”

Joseph Soderborg
Cricket in Utah During the Late 19th Century

3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Michelle Hill
“Hoop Mania: Johnston’s Army, Eastern Fashions, and Mormon Leaders’ Condemnation”

Ardis E. Parshall
“Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty: Utah’s Grand Army of the Republic”

May I particularly recommend the sessions by Keepapitchinin participants?

William P. MacKinnon
Curtis Allen
Joseph Soderborg
Ardis E. Parshall



  1. Sounds very interesting. For those of us unable to travel to the SLC area, will the transcripts be published and or will recordings be made and put on the internet or otherwise be made available?

    Comment by andrewh — August 27, 2011 @ 7:22 am

  2. A few presenters submit their papers to Utah Historical Quarterly or other journals; the historical society, though, doesn’t publish anything following these conferences.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 27, 2011 @ 7:49 am

  3. Cricket??? That’s not a misprint that should read “CricketS”, is it?

    Comment by Alison — August 27, 2011 @ 8:09 am

  4. It sounds like a wonderful event. Wish I could be there. Best wishes to all the presenters, particularly those with the Keepa connection. (Party afterwards at Ardis’s place! : )

    Comment by Researcher — August 27, 2011 @ 8:21 am

  5. Nope, Alison, it really is cricket. The game was imported to Utah along with English converts and enjoyed quite a heydey here until baseball finally won out as the local sport. Joseph has some great research (stories and analysis).


    (Yeah, come party, all Keepaninnies!)

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — August 27, 2011 @ 8:35 am

  6. Sounds delightful…but unfortunately getting there for it is not likely to happen! I know you will do fine Ardis!

    Comment by Cliff — August 27, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  7. The sport of cricket enjoyed a life of more than a half a century in Utah. More the 15 towns and cities played or had organized clubs including, at one time or another, Salt Lake, Ogden, Wellsville, Corrine, Eureka, Lehi, Springville, Park City, Provo, Moroni, etc. Teams were also sponsored by Salt Lake City Merchants, The Oregon Short Line RR and Australian expats. Even The Soldiers at Fort Douglas fielded a team occasionally. In Salt Lake wickets were pitched regularly at Liberty park, the field at the foot of Main St. and to a lesser extent a place known as Kimball’s Pasture. Ogden Cricketers played on Tabernacle square. I could go on but fear taking up too much room.

    Comment by Joe Soderborg — August 27, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

  8. I did make it to this and it was wonderful! Bill MacKinnon did a great job despite the obstacle of a sometimes working sound system and the detractions of people talking loudly in the room behind us and the full voiced/talking into a phone at the back of the room/so called professional trying to fix the sound system.

    Ardis gave an impassioned call for finding every single last one of Utah’s few vetrans of the Grand Army of the Republic. I was inspired to look for every old newspaper she might not have seen to let her search every line looking for a missing name!

    Comment by Diane Peel — September 12, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

  9. Thanks, Diane! While you were writing this, I was writing a post about the conference, which I’ve just published.

    Thanks for this enthusiastic telling of the point of my own paper. Let’s find ’em, and remember them!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — September 12, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

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