DATE: June 21, 2006
CONTACT: Mike Brown (775) 753-0386
ELKO FIELD OFFICE: 2006-68
SUMMER TALK SERIES CONTINUES
The Summer 2006 History in the Park - Stories from the West continues with a presentation about the Utah War on Tuesday, June 27, 7:00 p.m. on the lawn in the City Park immediately behind the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.
The talk, entitled The Utah War 1857-1858, will be given by David Jamiel, Project Manager of the Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center.
Jamiel described the presentation, “Upon arriving in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847, Brigham Young, the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Mormons) stated, ‘Give me ten years of peace, and we will ask no odds of Uncle Sam or the devil.’ Almost ten years to the day his words would come back to haunt him. On July 18, 1857 General Albert Sidney Johnson and 2,500 soldiers were on their way to Utah to put down a supposed Mormon rebellion.”
Jamiel will discuss the events leading up to U.S. government fielding an army to go against the Mormons, the reactions of the Mormons, and the impacts on Mormon settlements in far western Nevada. He will also discuss the interactions between the Mormons and the Army, and the political outcomes of the war.
Sponsored by the Northeastern Nevada Museum, Nevada Humanities Council, and the Bureau of Land Management Elko Field Office, the History in the Park - Stories from the West is a free lecture series reflecting the wealth of history of Nevada and the American West. Many of the talks will focus on stories of the California National Historic Trail.
All talks begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be held behind the Museum in the City Park. In the event of inclement weather, the talks will be moved indoors to the Museum Theater. All talks
are free and the public is encouraged to attend. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for open seating on the grass.
For more information about the series, contact the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko, (775) 738-3418.