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Park City Museum will have a lecture given by Darren Parry called Voices from the Dust: A Shoshone Perspective on the Bear River Massacre. The lecture will be given on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 5-6 p.m. at the Park City Museum Education and Collections Center Building located at 2079 Sidewinder Drive. Darren will discuss Shoshone culture and history including how the relationship with the Mormon settlers started off well and deteriorated over time. He will talk about the Bear River Massacre and how that changed the Shoshone back then and take us to whom they are today. The Bear River Massacre was the largest massacre of Native Americans in the history of the United States and very few people know about it.
Darren Parry is the Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation. Darren serves on the Board of Directors for the American West Heritage Center, in Wellsville, Utah, the Utah State Museum Board and serves on the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. In 2017 he received the Esto Perpetua Award, given to the person who preserves and promotes history in the State of Idaho. He is the only person from Utah to receive that award. He attended the University of Utah and Weber State University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis on History. His passions in life are his family which includes his wife Melody and 9 children and 13 grandchildren. His other passion is his Tribal family. Darren wants to make sure that those who have gone before him are not forgotten. The story of the Bear River Massacre and the outcomes of that horrific event need to be remembered. He is currently working hard to raise money and awareness so an Interpretive Center can be built at the massacre site so the Shoshone perspective can be heard.