Weber Historical Society



“The Council of Fifty in Western History”
 Dr. Jedediah Rogers

For a brief time, the Mormon church's theocratic Council of Fifty was the governing
body in what would become Utah Territory, passing laws and statutes, acting as the judicial authority,
and overseeing the growth of Salt Lake City.  Jedediah Rogers, co-managing editor of the Utah Historical
Quarterly, will examine the physical and spiritual geography of the Great Basin through the journals
and records of council members and place the council in its western context, based on Rogers' recently
edited book, The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History (Signature Books, 2014).         

Monday, January 25th
7:00 pm Dumke Hall
The Hurst Learning Center


“Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World”

Devery Anderson

The research for his most recent book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and
Propelled the Civil Rights Movement
(University Press of Mississippi, 2015), began more than
twenty years ago for Devery Anderson.  As part of that research, Anderson became acquainted with
Till’s mother, the late Mamie Till-Mobley.  Anderson’s lecture will draw on the most thoroughly
researched study of this significant civil rights case.

Monday, February 22nd   
   7:00 pm Dumke Hall 
The Hurst Learning Center

          “Punk Culture in Southern California”

Alexandria Waltz

The Southern Californian punk subculture provided an emotional outlet for young
people in a seemingly indifferent society.  Practicing the "politics of exclusion," punks used political
rhetoric to define themselves differently than others. The stories of punk bands such as Adolescents, T.S.O.L.,
and The Vandals, tell of youth antagonism towards peers, police, and other punks.  Alexandria Waltz, a
doctoral student at the University of Utah, has found that punk culture was not a reaction against
the national political arena, but a form of personal politics and self-defined culture of
exclusion which enabled punks to express and confront frustrations endemic to their lives.

Monday, March 21st     
7:00 pm Dumke Hall 
The Hurst Learning Center

“Blasted Out of History”
Charles F. Trentelman

Charles Trentelman, retired newspaper columnist and history researcher at Union Station, takes a
look at the now-forgotten 1904 Jackson train wreck, 80 miles west of Ogden.  Two dozen people, most of
them Greek railroad workers, were literally blown to pieces in a train collision that would today bring
national headlines and years of recriminations.  Instead, the whole episode was dealt with and banished from
the headlines in a week.  Months of research have brought back some of its stories, but much is gone
because the accident was considered a relatively small wreck at the time and few cared overmuch
about a bunch of dead Greeks.

Monday, April 18th      
7:00 pm Dumke Hall 
The Hurst Learning Center