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.

The Weber Historical Society meetings are temporarily suspended because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We will resume meetings as soon as we can.


Spring 2020

The 2020 Census

Leah Murray

2020 Census panel discussion.

January 13, 2020
7 p.m., Dumke Hall
Hurst Learning Center

Big Game and Big Science: The Complicated History of African Animals and Modern Museums

Laura J. Mitchell

In 1909 former president Teddy Roosevelt led an expedition to East Africa to collect specimens for the Smithsonian Institution.  Why were African animals so highly prized? Explore the intertwined histories of hunting, science and ecology in Africa from the eighteenth century through the present.

February 10, 2020
7 p.m., Dumke Hall
Hurst Learning Center

An Empire in Smoke and Flesh: Tobacco and Advertising in Imperial Russia

Tricia Starks

Russians smoked tobacco in greater numbers and earlier than most any other market in the world. In this talk, Dr. Trish Starks explores how manufacturers connected the habit to national identity, imperial power, and masculine authority to make tobacco intrinsic to Russian politics.

March 9, 2020
7p.m., Dumke Hall
Hurst Learning Center

First in the Nation? Utah Women in the National Suffrage Movement

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

This year the nation will commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment which gave women throughout the nation a right that Utah women first exercised in 1870, fifty years before the rest of the nation.  In this lecture, Professor Ulrich will go beyond the account in her recent book A House Full of Females to situate Utah's story in the context of the larger women's rights movement in the United States.

March 30, 2020
7 p.m., Shepherd Union Building

“Death, Inheritance, and the Tudor Family”

Stephen Francis

How did families in Tudor England react to the disruptions of death and mourning?  How were the relationships of family members affected as communities and families reshaped themselves amid loss and the transfer of inherited goods?

April 13, 2020
7p.m., Dumke Hall
Hurst Learning Center