NAUVOO, Ill. — Early 19th-century trapper and fur trader Denis Julien will be the focus of the keynote presentation at the 4th annual Untold Nauvoo Stories Symposium on Feb. 7-8 at the Joseph Smith Historic Site Visitors Center in Nauvoo. James Knipmeyer will present the keynote address on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Hotel Nauvoo.

There are about 20 other presentations planned for the two-day conference that explores the area’s historical past. Topics range from clothing and textiles in historic Nauvoo and the history of the Christ Lutheran Church in the area to “Law at Icarian Nauvoo,” and profiles of families, people, industries and preservation efforts. A list of the topics is available at

Registration for the symposium is $30, which includes the Friday evening dinner. Sessions or meal-only registrations are also available. Reservations can be made by calling the Nauvoo Tourism Office at 217-453-6648, emailing Kim Orth at, or visiting

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