Join some old hands at the Rio Grande

Utah State Historical SocietyThe Utah Historical Society is nestled within the historic Rio Grande Railroad Depot in Salt Lake City—a fitting place for its annual symposium on state history. Beginning on September 9, hundreds of historians and others with an interest in history will gather for three days to listen to scholarly papers, exchange ideas, and tour historical sites. Local historian (and a legend in his own right) Will Bagley will start things off Thursday evening by reading a paper on how Wilson McCarthy rescued the Denver Rio Grande from failure in Utah. Papers will continue Friday morning with local history and stories of encounters with the depot itself.

Signature Books will be represented by John Sillito, who will address B. H. Roberts’s unsuccessful 1898 election to the US congress; Gary Bergera, who will examine the 1966 spy ring at Brigham Young University; and George Smith, who will discuss Brigham Young and his initial reluctance toward polygamy.

There will be papers on Uinta County’s Nine Mile Canyon, the Pony Express, nineteenth-century Indian relations, Utah’s Dinosaur National Monument, and our ever-popular Spiral Jetty on the Great Salt Lake. There will also be interesting presentations on the artist Pablo O’Higgins, the Provo Pottery Company, and U.S. presidents who have visited Utah.