The 11th annual Untold Nauvoo Stories Symposium will move online for 2021. Richard Bennett will be exploring the forced departure of the Latter-day Saints from Nauvoo, Illinois 175 years ago in "The Exodus from Nauvoo" at 7:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time) on Friday, February 5, 2021.
Richard Bennett has recently retired as a professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University and is a past president of the Mormon History Association. He and his wife, Patricia, will soon be serving as Directors of the Mormon Trail Center at Winter Quarters. He has written several books including We'll Find the Place: The Mormon Exodus, 1846 - 1848.
The annual Untold Nauvoo Stories Symposium traditionally celebrates the full gamut of Nauvoo's legacy including its Native American peoples, its origins as a river town, its role in the Latter-day Saints' history, its place in the utopian Icarian movement, its appeal to German immigrants, its contribution to the Sisters of St. Benedict ministry, its significance in Midwest viticulture, its reflection of trends in American agriculture, and its rebirth as a point of heritage tourism. This gathering is a venue for sharing stories that have not yet entered into the standard narrative of the histories of Nauvoo and the surrounding region. Previous symposiums have featured 25 speakers over the first weekend in February. This annual gathering is sponsored by the City of Nauvoo, Nauvoo Area Chamber of Commerce, Nauvoo Tourism Office, Joseph Smith Historic Site and Historic Nauvoo.