Register Now! 2021 National History Symposium scheduled for Saturday, April 24

Register Now! 2021 National History Symposium scheduled for Saturday, April 24

The National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers will be presenting the 2021 National Historical Symposium on “Utah: 125 Years of Statehood” on Saturday April 24, 2021.

Tickets are available ONLINE.

  • Speaker presentations 1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Dinner and Keynote Speaker 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Keynote Speaker

Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr. was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011. He is the Church Historian and Recorder, the Executive Director of the Church History Department, and chairman of the Book of Mormon Visual Library Steering Committee. He also serves on the Scripture Committee and the International Coordinating Committee. LeGrand Raine Curtis Jr. was born in Ogden, Utah, on August 1,1952. He married Jane Cowan in January 1974. They are the parents of five children.  Elder Curtis has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in Italy, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a stake presidency, stake president, president of the Italy Padova Mission (1998-2001), and Area Seventy.  His career includes work as an attorney and partner in the law firm Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar and as an adjunct professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

Speaker Profiles

Thomas G. Alexander is Lemuel Hardison Redd Jr. Professor Emeritus of Western American History (Brigham Young University) and author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of twenty-seven books and monographs and more than a hundred fifty articles. He has served as officer in many historical organizations. His prizes including the Evans Biography Award, the Western History Association Honorary Life Membership, and the BYU Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecture (the highest award given to a faculty member). Writings include: Things in Heaven and Earth, the Life and Times of Wilford Woodruff, A Mormon Prophet (2nd ed. 1993); Utah, the Right Place (3rd ed. 2003); Brigham Young and the Expansion of the Mormon Faith (2019).


Katherine Kitterman is the Historical Director for Better Days 2020, a nonprofit dedicated to sharing Utah women’s history. She is the co-author of two recent books about the history of women’s voting rights in Utah: Champions of Change: 25 Women who Made History, and Thinking Women: A Timeline of Suffrage in Utah. Katherine has previously worked as a researcher on the Saints project at the LDS Church History Library, and developed public programming in Washington, D.C. at Woodrow Wilson House, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Holocaust Museum. Katherine is currently a Ph.D. candidate at American University. Her dissertation analyzes the rhetoric of women’s struggle for suffrage in nineteenth-century Utah, highlighting the two-way connection between suffragists in West and East.


Matthew C. Godfrey is a general editor and the managing historian of the Joseph Smith Papers. He holds a PhD in American and public history from Washington State University. He is the author of Religion, Politics, and Sugar: The Mormon Church, the Federal Government, and the Utah-ldaho Sugar Company, 1907*1921 (2007), as well as the co-editor of The Earth Shall Appear as the Garden of Eden: Essays in Mormon Environmental History (2019) and Business and Religion: The Intersection of Faith and Finance (2019).


Wayne K. Hinton is a retired professor of History from Southern Utah University where he taught for 38 years, 18 years as Department Chair. He has published four books, two of which won book awards, has contributed chapters to eight books, and published over 30 articles in professional journals. He belongs to many professional organizations and besides being past National President of the National Society of Sons of Utah Pioneers, he has been vice-chair of the Utah State History Society, national vice-president of the Old Spanish Trails Association, and has served on the program committee of the Mormon History Association. Wayne served as a researcher for two years at the Church History Library working on the Joseph Smith papers and the George Q. Cannon journals. He has given keynote addresses, participated in past symposiums and did a post doctorate in environmental studies which has led to several consulting opportunities with the National Park Service and the National Forest Service.

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