Weber Historical Society Lecture Series

The Weber Historical Society offers an array of lectures that cover topics from across the globe and around the state.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Spring 2019

“LDS Church Finances”

D. Michael Quinn, PhD

Based on more than 40 years of research, Yale-trained D. Michael Quinn will speak about the LDS Church’s top leadership with regard to income, personal wealth and institutional finances. Coverage will be the years 1830 to 2010.

Jan. 7, 2019
7 p.m., Dumke Hall
The Hurst Learning Center

“Yeltsin, Putin and Russia’s Continuing Empire”

Dr. Matthew Romaniello

While recent events have rightly focused on Russia’s troubled relationship with Ukraine and the Crimea, the Russian Federation has struggled with its internal stability ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union.  One of the biggest issues is the role of Islam in Russia, particularly with the increasing connection between the Russian Orthodox Church and the state.

Feb. 11, 2019
7 p.m., Dumke Hall
The Hurst Learning Center

“How Ogden Became the Junction and Why Salt Lake City Never Forgave Us”

Val Holley

Val Holley explores the public celebration in Ogden when the Union Pacific trains chugged into town for the first time on March 8, 1869. He will also discuss Ogden pioneers’ memories of working as railroad graders in 1868–69 for the Central Pacific, under the auspices of Lorin Farr, Chauncey West and Ezra T. Benson.

March 11, 2019
7 p.m., Dumke Hall
The Hurst Learning Center

“Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter”

Luke Fernandez and Susan Matt

Has technology changed how we feel? This talk will examine how Americans' social lives and feelings have changed over the last two hundred years, in response to new technologies — from the telegram to Instagram. The talk is based on Luke Fernandez and Susan Matt's new book, Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter.

April 15, 2019
7 p.m., Dumke Hall
The Hurst Learning Center