Untold Nauvoo Stories History Symposium Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th, 2023 The City of Nauvoo, Nauvoo Tourism Office, Nauvoo Area Chamber of Commerce, Joseph Smith Historic Site, Historic Nauvoo, and Nauvoo Historical Society will sponsor its annual gathering to celebrate the full richness of Nauvoo's history.
Nauvoo has a very broad and diverse history, from its' Native American peoples, its' origins as a river town with Captain James White, early settlement by John Moffitt, his extended family and other early Scottish/Irish settlers.
Soon after, Nauvoo welcomed Joseph Smith and the Mormons, followed by the utopian French Icarians, then the German/Swiss influx, whereby, Nauvoo became the most German town in Illinois. In addition, we study the contributions by the Benediction Order of Catholic Sisters, Nauvoo's importance to the Midwest wine and beer cultures, its' reflections of the trends of American agriculture, the connected history of the nearby Iowa towns of Keokuk and Fort Madison, and its' role in historical heritage tourism.
This gathering is a venue for sharing unknown stories, little known stories, or stories that need to be revisited based on new historical research. During this two day symposium, we feature twenty-four talks and one keynote dinner presentation. This conference is attended by both professional and amateur historians and locals interested in learning more about this area and its people.
Location: The Inn at Old Nauvoo-1875 Mulholland Street, Nauvoo, Il. 62354- Hotel phone-217-453-6527.To register for the Symposium, go to beautifulnauvoo.com, download the registration form, print it out, fill it out, attach your check and mail to: Jeff Christensen, Treasurer for Untold Nauvoo Stories P.O. Box 102, Nauvoo, Il. 62354.
Same day registrations and meet and greet at the check in table: 11:30 a.m-12:45 a.m. on site at the Inn at Old Nauvoo both days. Talks start at 1 p.m. and end at 5:15 p.m. both days. Our Friday night keynote dinner will start at 5:30 p.m.
Cost of the conference: $25 per day, $40 if you want both days, $15 for the keynote dinner, $ 55 if you register for both days and the keynote dinner, high school and college students can attend the talks for $1 per day, however, they will need to pay $15 for the keynote dinner.
If you have questions, call Joseph Johnstun at 217-453-2182 (select 4 from the menu).