SLC Postmos Lecture Series: "The Truth About Trek"

A Lecture by Historian, Will Bagley

Salt Lake Public Library Auditorium

Doors open at 6:30 pm. The talk begins at 7pm.

Will Bagley will be presenting never before heard details about the Pioneer Trek.

This lecture will be put online afterwards.

About Will Bagley:

David Roberts called Will Bagley “that sharpest of all thorns in the side of the Mormon historical establishment.” He has written more than twenty books on overland emigration, frontier violence, railroads, mining, the invention of digital search technology, and the Mormons. Born in Utah, he attended Brigham Young University and was a President’s Scholar at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied writing with Page Stegner and history with John Dizikes. He has rafted down the Mississippi River, performed country music from Wyoming to Nevada, and in 1979 recorded a long-playing album, “The Legend of Jesse James.” Between 2000 and 2004, the Sunday Salt Lake Tribune published more than 200 of his columns and articles. His work has won virtually every best book award in Western History—the Spur, the John Caughey, the Caroline Bancroft, an Old Joe, and the Merrill J. Mattes Award for Excellence in Writing.

In 1997 the Arthur H. Clark Company launched KINGDOM IN THE WEST: The Mormons and the American Frontier. Bagley is editor of this projected 16-volume documentary history series, which Journal of the West called “one of the happiest events in recent Western publishing.” Thirteen volumes have appeared. His most recent is Playing with Shadows: Voices of Dissent in the Mormon West, edited with Polly Aird and Jeff Nichols, which the Utah Historical Society picked as the year’s best documentary history.
Bagley’s collaboration with David Bigler, The Mormon Rebellion: America’s First Civil, won his second Spur award and the Smith-Pettit Best Book in Latter Day Saint History Award. His article on the handcarts, “One Long Funeral March: A Revisionist’s View of the Mormon Handcart Disasters,” first exposed Brigham Young’s diversion of the handcart rescue to haul his haul steam engine and “groceries” from Bridger to Great Salt Lake City.

Mr. Bagley was a Wallace Stegner Centennial Fellow at the University of Utah and the Archibald Hannah Jr. Fellow in American History at Yale University. He has appeared in more than two-dozen documentary films, notably Helen Whitney’s “The Mormons” on PBS’s “The American Experience.”

About the Lecture:

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  • Kelly A.

    What a fun lecture. I especially liked the pat about being proud of our ancestors even if we no longer believe the same things

    April 17, 2013

  • Carly Q

    How many people are expected at Chili's?

    April 17, 2013

  • Fred 4.

    If wasn't working tonight, ..... wouldn't have missed this one !!!

    April 17, 2013

  • Katharine D.

    I'm really looking forward to attending this lecture; I admire Will Bagley and his works. I'm also looking forward to meeting other people who have questioned the church. It's hard to find a community of like[minded people that don't fit the mold of Mormonism here in Mormon headquarters.
    I look forward to meeting many people and sharing stories. Thanks!

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Christopher R.

    I am going to have to ditch a therapy group that night but I will not miss Will Bagley for anything.

    1 · March 31, 2013

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