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The San Juan Mission Symposium: Provo, 17 February 2012

By: Ardis E. Parshall - January 09, 2012

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  1. Thank you so much for posting this. My family is descended from a few families that came through the Hole in the Rock. I’m passing this on to all my uncles, they should find it very interesting.

    Comment by Jessie — January 11, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

  2. Most of this information is available on the flyer, but I’m pasting here the message received from one of the conference planners so you have the latest word:

    The San Juan Mission Symposium:
    The Rest of the Hole in the Rock Settlement Story

    February 17th, 2012

    BYU Harman Building\Conference Center, Room 2254
    770 E University Parkway, Provo Utah

    Sign In and meet the Authors at 6:30pm with papers starting at 7:00.

    Presenters include:

    Lamont J. Crabtree, the recognized expert on the expedition and trail having identified, marked and help preserved the route for over thirty years. Painstaking personal reconnaissance of the geography coupled with written evidence has given Crabtree a remarkable insight of the San Juan Mission.

    David S. Carpenter, is a historian and author of the just released Jens Nielson, Bishop of Bluff. His work chronicles the history of settling and surviving on the San Juan and includes a comprehensive use of existing first person journals and correspondence with census data.

    Douglas L. Major has presented papers on early Mormon history at many events. His interest in the pivotal decision process that changes historical outcomes led him to explore why the San Juan Settlers, at the Colorado River rim, chose to willingly go forward.

    In the fall of 1879, a group of colonizers assembled at the plateau east of the Colorado River to build at road to the San Juan River. Because of the dramatic and unchanged geography, much as been written about the road carved to the new settlement on the banks of San Juan. What is often missed of these Undaunted* pioneers is their challenges they faced to stay. This Symposium will present their stories.

    Please register for the event at The event is free, but seating is limited. Symposium updates and the ability share this information with family and a friend is available on Face Book at: San Juan Symposium.

    * Gerald N. Lund. The Undaunted: the Miracle of the Hole-in-the-Rock Pioneers. Deseret Book, 2009.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — January 11, 2012 @ 8:26 pm

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