In 1889, Pacific Islander converts to the Mormon Church, established a community in Skull Valley, naming it Iosepa (i.e., “Joseph”). The settlement survived for 28 years, finally being abandoned in 1917.To celebrate the rich Asian and Pacific Islander heritage of Utah please join the Utah Division of State History and the Fort Douglas Military Museum for an introduction to the history and archaeological legacy of this community and its descendants. After a background lecture by Dr. Benjamin Pykles of the LDS Church History Department, the tour will head out to what remains of the Iosepa Townsite and Cemetery for a step back in time. While in Skull Valley the tour will take advantage of the proximity to see the original ruts and cuts from the Donner-Reed and Hastings Cutoff route of the California National Historic Trail with interpretive discussions along the way. The field trip will begin with a 9:00 am Iosepa lecture at the Fort Douglas Military Museum by Ben Pykles, then travel to Iosepa at 10:00 am, returning to Fort Douglas at 3:00 pm. A boxed lunch will be provided.
Please note, separate paid $50.00 registration through Fort Douglas Military Museum is required for this tour! (tours are not included in the general free conference registration)
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. It also marks the closing of the Topaz internment camp near Delta, Utah, where over 11,000 Japanese-Americans were imprisoned between 1942 and the camp’s closure in 1945. To commemorate and explore the rich and troubling history of this seldom-seen side of the American home front, the Utah Division of State History, the Fort Douglas Military Museum and the American West Center would like to invite you on a tour of the internment camp and the brand new Topaz Museum.
Admission to this day-long tour will include a box lunch and a copy of Yoshiko Uchida’s classic story of life at Topaz, Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family. Dr. John Reed of the University of Utah History Department will provide historical information en route. The tour will leave Fort Douglas Military Museum at 9:00 am, returning to Fort Douglas Military Museum at 5:00 pm. A boxed lunch will be provided.
Please note, separate paid $75.00 registration through Fort Douglas Military Museum is required for this tour! (tours are not included in the general free conference registration)