2023 Scandinavian Festival Heritage Conference

Date & Time: Friday May 26th, speakers at 11 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Location: auditorium of the Snow College Huntsman Library, 150 E. College Ave.

The Scandinavian Festival Heritage Conference gives participants an opportunity to learn about Scandinavian, pioneer, and other historical influences in Ephraim and the Sanpete Valley. The presentations are particularly interesting for those with Scandinavian or other pioneer ancestors.

This is a great way to kick off the beginning of our festival!


At 11 a.m.  Allen D. Roberts,  award-winning architect and author of numerous historical and architectural books and articles, including A History of Sanpete County (1999) and Getting Together With Yesterday: A Tour of Sanpete County Historic Building (1998), will give a presentation titled Sanpete’s Architect-Builders and their Work. Allen, a specialist in historic restoration, invites conference attendees to bring historic photos of architecture they have interest in to discuss with him after his presentation.

At 12 p.m.  Sarah Thomas, Pioneer Park Director for Fort Ephraim Camp, Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP), will give a presentation titled “The Renovation of the Hansen House and Pioneer Park”. Sarah and many other volunteers spent countless hours renovating cabins and buildings in Ephraim’s Pioneer Park, as well as the historic Hansen House, built in 1862, and now serving as a museum in this significant historical area of Ephraim. 

***It’s a good idea to bring a sweater or jacket to the conference as the building can feel a little chilly to some people due to air conditioning***

The conference will be held on the campus of Snow College in the Huntsman Library Auditorium. There is no charge and advance registration is not required. For more information, contact Mike Brenchley at

To see information and video links of speakers for previous years –  click here


Snow College Social & Behavioral Science Division
Granary Arts
Ephraim Historic Committee
Ephraim City