After more than six years of research, three Mormon historians have now published their long-awaited book on the Mountain Meadows Massacre. In 1857, one hundred and twenty members of a wagon train were murdered in an upland meadow in southern Utah. This week on Utah NOW the authors will join us to talk about the questions they've answered and those that remain.
Click here for additional information regarding the book "Massacre at Mountain Meadows." Re-enactment footage and photographs courtesy of the Eric Young and Eclipse Media documentary, "The Mountain Meadows Massacre."
Ronald W. Walker
Ronald W. Walker is a professional historian living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Formerly he served as a Professor of History at Brigham Young University. Walker is the author or editor of eight books and more than five dozen historical articles, dealing mainly with Western, Utah, and Mormon history. The Mormon History Association has recognized his work with a half dozen citations and awards, including its Best Book Award. He has served as President of the Mormon History Association. A native of Missouri, Montana, Walker was raised in American Midwest and the San Joaquin Valley in California. He has made his home in Salt Lake City for the past thirty-five years. He and his wife, Nelani Midgley Walker, are the parents of seven children and fifteen grandchildren.
Richard E. Turley Jr.
Richard E. Turley Jr. was appointed Assistant Church Historian and Recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 12, 2008. Prior to this appointment, he served for eight years as managing director of the Church's Family and Church History Department, four years as managing director of the Family History Department, and fourteen years as managing director of the Church Historical Department. In these roles, he oversaw the Church Archives and Records Center, the Church History Library, the Museum of Church History and Art, and the Church's worldwide family history operations, which include numerous documentary microfilming and digital-imaging projects, the Family History Library, the Granite Mountain Records Vault, and FamilySearch.org. His book Victims: The LDS Church and the Mark Hofmann Case (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1992) is an oft-cited history of the famous Hofmann forgery-murder case of the 1980s. He serves as a member of the executive committee of the Church Historian's Press, chairman of the editorial board for the Joseph Smith Papers project, and general editor of the Journals of George Q. Cannon Series.
Glen M. Leonard
Glen M. Leonard earned a Ph.D. in history and American studies at the University of Utah in 1970. He has worked as a journalist, a publications editor, and a research historian. He retired last year after twenty-six years as director of the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City. Leonard is author or coauthor of four books and numerous articles on Utah, the Mormons, and the American West. His comprehensive study Nauvoo: A Place of Peace, A People of Promise (2002) received the best book award from the John Whitmer Historical Association and a special merit citation from the Mormon Historical Association. Glen and his wife, Karen, live in Farmington, Utah. They have three sons and eight grandchildren.
This is one of the most horrific events ever to take place. I am interested in reading this book about what happened. The three authors come highly regarded. And seem to have studied vigilantly the topic. May we all learn from the weakness of humanity as to never have such a tragedy ever occur again in history. May we love more and be true more to ourselves. May we focus on heaven and not on earthly reasoning. May we rise above ourselves and our notions of what is justice and lets remember mercy when it is needed. There should be more souls that look for peace and more souls that forgive others' trespasses. And in the end may we all be the brothers and sisters we were meant to be with each other. My fiance has been to the site of where it occurred and says that you can feel something there.
Posted by Laura Summers, Monday January 12th, 2009 @ 11:18 pm
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