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Lecture series begins at Heritage Park

This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, which for many decades has preserved the legacy of the Mormon Pioneers and other peoples who established Utah, has launched a new educational institute.

A portrayal of frontier artist C.C.A. Christensen's illustrated lecture on Church history was the premiere event sponsored by the new This Is The Place Institute on June 3.

"For those of you who may have visited living-history sites around the country, one of the most important functions that these sites have is an educational institute," said Paul Williams, president and CEO of the park. "This has been a dream of mine since taking over the park foundation over three years ago."

This summer the institute is sponsoring a lecture series focusing on this bicentennial year of the birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Other planned activities, according to institute director Jan Harris, include a folk music festival set for the weekend of July 24 and a Dutch-oven cook-off on the weekend of July 4. In the fall will be a lecture series on the peoples of Utah.

The Joseph Smith Summer Lecture Series is scheduled as follows:

June 17, Shannon Tracy, "In Search of Joseph: What did Joseph Smith Look Like?"

June 24, Jeffrey O'Driscoll, "Hyrum Smith: A Life of Integrity"

July 1, Richard E. Turley Jr., "Joseph Smith: Stories for Children"

July 8, Ted Gibbons, "Sealing the Testimony: Willard Richards' Eyewitness Account of the Martyrdom

July 15, Heidi Swinton, "Stand by My Servant Joseph"

July 29, Mark McConkie, "Joseph Smith among the Prophets"

Aug. 5, Liz Lemon Swindle, "Joseph Smith: Impressions of a Prophet"

Aug. 12, Susan Easton Black, "Joseph Smith: A Prisoner in Missouri"

Aug. 19, Paul Smith, "Prophetic Destiny: The Saints in the Rocky Mountains"

Aug. 26, Jimmy Parker, "Joseph Smith's Vision for Family History and Temple Work"

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