Archive for September, 2015

September Announcement for the Utah Westerners

 “Confessions of a Revisionist Historian:

David L. Bigler on the Mormons and the West”

David Bigler a charter member and the first president of Utah Westerners will be returning to Utah to make a special presentation to us on his eighth book: Confessions of a Revisionist Historian published by the University of Utah Library and Tanner Trust Fund.  His latest book covers issues and events Bigler considers central to the understanding of Utah’s history: the California gold discovery journal of Azariah Smith, the Mormon Rebellion of 1857-58, Mormon-Indian relations, the 49ers and the Mormon Kingdom, the genesis of the Utah War, the massacre of Mountain Meadows and new light on the Aiken Party murders.

The book is the result of a session of the Mormon History Association that he attended in 2007 when a local history professor referred to him as a “revisionist historian.”  David accepted the title gladly and wore it as a badge. “If ever there was a revisionist historian,” David said, “I’m it.” Moreover, he added, “if ever a chapter of our nation’s history needed revising, it is this one,” referring to the late nineteenth century story of the Mormons.  In taking on this daunting task himself, “David has succeeded admirably,” reports Polly Aird, a noted historian herself, who will attend the September 15 meeting of Utah Westerners to hear his presentation.

David Bigler 

David L. Bigler is a native of Provo, Utah, a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.  He graduated from the University of Utah in 1950.  Southern Utah University awarded him an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree in 1979.  He is a Fellow and Honorary Life Member of the Utah State Historical Society; former director of the Utah Board of State History and Friends of University of Utah Libraries; and the former national president of the Oregon-California Trails Association. (OCTA).  He has authored many important books including: The Gold Discovery Journal of Azariah Smith (1990); Forgotten Kingdom: The Mormon Theocracy in the American West, 1847-1896 (1998); A Winter with the Mormons: The 1852 Letters of Jotham Goodell (2001) and with Will Bagley The Mormon Rebellion: American’s First Civil War, 1857-1858 (2011).  He retired as director of public affairs for U.S. Steel in 1986 to pursue history full time.  He now resides in Sun City located in Roseville, California with his wife Evah.

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