Mountain Meadows Massacre is topic of program

Release Date: 10/28/2008

Clarksville, Ark. --- University of the Ozarks will host a program about the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857 at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 6, in the Robson Library.

The program is sponsored by the Johnson County Historical Society and is a part of the society’s quarterly meeting. The program will be led by Robert Fancher, a representative of the Mountain Meadows Massacre Foundation and a descendant of some of the victims of the massacre.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre involved a mass slaughter of Arkansas emigrants who were traveling to California in September of 1857. The emigrants were attacked by the local Mormon militia in the Utah Territory, and approximately 120 men, women and children were killed.

The Mountain Meadows Massacre Foundation, headquartered in Harrison, Ark. has loaned a collection of materials about the event to the U of O Robson Library. The library collection is one of several projects by the foundation to educate people about the event and to achieve national landmark status for the massacre site in Utah.

Fancher will provide a summary of the massacre as well as ongoing projects of the Mountain Meadows Massacre Foundation.