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JULY 17 | Perspectives Speaker Series: Pioneer Day Commemorations

July 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This event is a part of #UtahCivicSeason!
Join us for our next virtual Perspectives Speaker Series on Wednesday, July 17 at Noon. Utah Historical Society staff member, Mark Melville, will be speaking about the history of Pioneer Day commemorations alongside Steve Olsen. Pioneer Day is a Utah holiday recognized annually on July 24. Learn how this day has been observed since its beginning in 1849.
This event is FREE and open to the public. RSVP –> https://bit.ly/uhsperspectives
About the Speakers: Mark Melville is assistant editor of Utah Historical Quarterly. He has a background in Mormon and Utah history and previously worked at BYU Studies and the Latter-day Saint Church History Department. His article on the history of Pioneer Day was published in the spring 2023 issue of Latter-day Saint Historical Studies.
Steve Olsen (BA, Brigham Young University, 1975; AM, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1978, 1985) is Master Curator of the Church History Department, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he has worked his entire career (four plus decades) creating museum exhibits, restoring historic sites, and leading organizational change. He has also been president or board member of a variety of state, regional, and national professional service organizations. He publishes widely in the fields of Latter-day Saint studies and museums studies and frequently presents at scholarly and professional conferences.


July 17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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