On June 29th and 30th, up to 400 members of the Mormon History Association will be in Calgary for their 47th annual conference.
“We like to hold our conference where there is a ‘historical hook’ for the Church,” says MHA Executive Director Ronald Barney. “And obviously Southern Alberta qualifies.”
After the conference, to be held at the U of C, many of the visitors will tour “Canada’s Mormon Trail’ and the towns of Stirling, Raymond, Magrath and Cardston, all founded by members of the Church during the late 19th century.
They will visit Canada’s first, and most beautiful, Mormon temple in Cardston, and take a wagon ride through the area’s Mormon history at the Remington Carriage Museum, which is offering the tour Mon-Thurs this summer.
“A lot of the presentations will include the story of the Church in Canada,” notes Barney. The conference, which is open to the public, will feature a plenary session with Dr. Lynn A. Rosenval, of Cardston, talking about the transportation of Mormon culture into S. Alberta, and Dr. David B. Marshall from the University of Calgary’s history faculty, speaking on how Mormonism has been affected by the secularization of religion in Canada during the last generation.
“Calgary is a very progressive city, which has been really accommodating to us,”adds Barney. “And this fall there will be a new Calgary temple opening. So we are very pleased to be here during a time when the visibility of Mormonism is so high.
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