The 2017 gathering features the following presentations:
Icarians Artifacts Loaned to the "Smithsonian"
Mr. Baxter will recount the historical events of the Icarian movements of the 1830s and 1850s while incorporating the Frenchtown settlement and the tools of the trade. The general daily life in the Nauvoo Icarian settlement and their prominent leader will be discussed. Finally, a presentation of photographs and artifacts will be presented. The presentation will conclude with the lasting impact of the Icarian members on the Nauvoo community.
David and Laura Boulton
Popular Music in Mormon Nauvoo
The History of the Life of Mr. Sylvester H. Earl
Sister Roberta Bussan
The History of St. Mary's Academy
Ellen Flynn, Los Angeles Widow, Comes to Nauvoo in 1891
In 1891, Ellen Flynn purchased the historic Dr. Samuel C. Bennett/George Ritter/Huber/Berger property where she lived approximately 30 years, undertaking a major Victorian-style renovation in circa 1913-1915. What drew her to Nauvoo in the late 1800's? Why did she leave 30 years later? What clues can we learn from the renovation of her Nauvoo home? What is her untold story?
Two Doctors in Early Nauvoo: Samuel Bennett and W. W. Rust
Doctors in early America were often poorly trained with clinical practices that were mostly unproven. Samuel Bennett, MD was an orthodox physician and William Walker Rust a botanical doctor. This presentation will explore their roles in the practice of medicine in early Nauvoo and beyond.
Ida Bloom and Nauvoo History
The Escape Plan of Joseph and Hyrum Smith from the Carthage Jail
Matt Kraus, Lee Ourth
Germans Claim Nauvoo ... And They are Still Here
Fourth generation Matt Kraus will share the family story of where they came from and the family business of the family. Lee Ourth, a fifth generation German, will do the same with an emphasis on the agriculture phase of the Germans.
A Brief History of Nauvoo Transportation
The Banditti of the Prairie
Mary Logan will discuss one of the local members of the Banditti of the Prairie, Ed Bonney and his connection to the Hodge Brother.
Born of Goodly Parents: The Children of Joseph and Emma Smith
We will discuss cookies found in Nauvoo in the middle to later part of the last century. The history of leavening agents will be explained. Especially described will be the elaborate picture cookies of Germany called springerle. Several local families either have the molds used in the baking of these cookies or remember having known their family to have owned such molds. There are plans to have some samples.
How German are You? DNA and Family History
Many people are fortunate enough to know something about their family history and ethnic background. In addition to contributing to personal identity and sense of belonging, this information often shapes our cultural background. However, some individuals may be adopted or have scarce genealogical information available. Even in cases where we think we know where our ancestry come from, we might have little unknown and untold treasures that could be discovered in our recent and ancient past through the analysis of genetic data. DNA is a true record of who we are and where we can from. In today's world, we know enough about it to determine relationships with unknown distant relatives and to add a few brushes of color to our geographic background and cultural richness. With this presentation, I will go over the use of DNA for family history and, more specifically, about the genetic past of one of Nauvoo's residents.
Riverboat Wrecks, 1827-1960
This presentation will discuss the twenty riverboat wrecks on record from Pontoosuc to Warsaw, Illinois from 1827-1960.
Hancock County Courthouse
Learn facts about the past Hancock County courthouses and the present courthouse with time for questions and some fun courthouse trivia.
One-Room Schools in Hancock County
The Keokuk Union Depot - Its Role in Midwest Industry and Culture
Embarking on the historic preservation of the Keokuk Union Depot has led Ms. Smith, along with her fellow Foundation directors, Depot volunteers, and professional historic preservation advisors, to gather information about the Depot’s architectural significance and its role in the industry and culture of the region. As one of the last projects of John Root of the renowned Chicago architectural firm Burnham & Root, the Depot represented the grandeur of the railroads at the turn of the 20th century. Built in recognition of the need for centralized rail service to cater to local industry, the Depot has passed through many stages and is set to embark on its newest phase. Ms. Smith will discuss these historical stages and the Depot’s place in local history.
Accidental death or murder? Joseph and Hyrum Smith were murdered on June 27, 1844, at the Carthage jail. After their deaths, Samuel transported their bodies back to Nauvoo by wagon in plain pine boxes covered with prairie grass. Shortly thereafter, Samuel became violently ill and died on July 30th. William Clayton, Joseph's private secretary, noted that Joseph had said that if he and Hyrum were taken away, Samuel would become the successor. What evidence do we have that Samuel may have been murdered or his death was caused by bilious fever?
Assassination of a Candidate - Exploring the shooting of Joseph Smith Jr.
Meg Stout considers physics and eyewitness accounts to illuminate the question of how Joseph Smith was killed. Stout's presentation builds on the foundation laid by Joseph Johnstun's 2015 "Weapons Related to the Murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith" (The John Whitmer Historical Association Journal, Vol. 35, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2015). She brings in evidence from 1860 US Army Small Arms Ballistics testing and the physics of light to tell the story of the first assassination of a declared candidate for the US Presidency.
Vicki Ziegler Thompson
Henry Thornber: An English Mormon who Sailed to Nauvoo Twice Before He Stayed
Father Tony Trosley
German Catholic Spirituality of the Mid-1890s
The History of the Rheinberger House