‘Mormon Land’: Historians gather to discuss polygamy, race, Native Americans, the Hofmann bombings and church historic sites

A recap of the Mormon History Association’s recent conference.

(Tribune file photo) Investigators examine Mormon forger Mark Hofmann's blown-up car in 1985.

The Mormon History Association’s just-completed annual conference offered the usual smorgasbord of delectable scholarly presentations relating to Mormonism.

The 2021 theme for the hybrid in-person and online meeting in Park City was “Restoration, Reunion and Resilience.

There were sessions on polygamy and early Latter-day Saint experiences in Nauvoo, Ill., and Kirtland, Ohio, along with discussions of race, LGBTQ issues and the Mark Hofmann bombings. The historians also recognized that they were gathering in the ancestral lands of several northern bands of the Ute Indian Tribe.

In addition, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced plans to rehabilitate the Hill Cumorah, the Manchester, N.Y., spot where founder Joseph Smith said he unearthed gold plates that contained the faith’s signature scripture, the Book of Mormon.

On this week’s show Barbara Jones Brown, the association’s executive director, and Jenny Lund, this year’s president and director of the church’s historic sites, share highlights and insights from the conference and plans for the future.

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