Sunstone is pleased to announce its third annual historical conference in Southern Utah, hosted by sister-towns Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona (also known as “Short Creek”).

Featuring some of the brightest minds in Mormon scholarship, this conference will explore the historical roots of Mormonism from an academic perspective. Presenters and attendees will come from many branches of Mormons, from the Salt Lake church to the AUB to the FLDS. 

The event will be held Friday, April 26, 2019 from 10 am – 7:30 pm. Location: Holm Heritage Center located at 1065 North Carlin Street, Hildale, Utah

 Dinner will be served to those who have registered.

This event is held in conjunction with The Fern Foundation’s 2019 service project, which will held in the Short Creek area. Conference attendees are welcome to join but need to register to volunteer. 

10:00 am – 12:00 noon Driving History Tour- Meet at Holms Sunday School Building: 1065 North Carlin Street, Hildale, Utah
  Lunch catered by Voices for Dignity at 55 S. Central Colorado City 86021
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Welcome and orientation: Terrill Musser and Lindsay Hansen Park
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Panel Presentation: Our Community: Our Mission
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm Importance of Building Bridges presented by John Larsen and Lindsay Hansen Park
4:30 pm-5:15 pm FLDS Trauma and Resilience presented by Shirlee Draper
5:30 pm-6:30 pm Pizza by Berry Knoll

Keynote Presentation

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

John W. Woolley and Lorin C. Woolley: From September 1886 to October 1912 Presented by D. Michael Quinn


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About our Speakers

D. Michael Quinn earned his PhD at Yale University in 1976 and taught American social history at BYU from 1976–88. His three-volume Mormon Hierarchy series includes Origins of Power (1994); Extensions of Power (1997); and Wealth and Corporate Power (2017). In 2016, the Mormon History Association awarded him its Leonard J. Arrington Award for distinguished and outstanding service to Mormon History. 

Lindsay Hansen Park is host of the Year of Polygamy podcast and executive director of the Sunstone Education Foundation.

Shirlee Draper was born and raised in Colorado City, Arizona, within the sect now known as FLDS. After the ascent of Warren Jeffs, she took her children and moved to St. George. She has a degree in Social Work and a Master of Public Administration program, both from the University of Utah. She is the Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the United Effort Plan Trust and Director of Operations for Cherish Families, a nonprofit which offers wraparound services and crime victim advocacy for people from Fundamentalist backgrounds. She is also a founding member of the Short Creek Community Alliance, a grassroots citizens group which fosters voter registration and political engagement inside Colorado City/Hildale.

Terrill Musser