One of Utah’s many oddities is its state bird: the California Gull. But did you know that the humble gull is the hero in its own miracle tale?
This Friday, we’re looking at the story that made Utah – a landlocked state – honor the gull, along with other folktales from our state’s history. Whether you’re celebrating Pioneer Day or Pie and Beer Day this July 24, join us at 11 a.m. for stories from Utah’s rich cultural past. We’ll also talk about what folklore is and examine its purpose and importance within a community.
- Dr. Lynne McNeill, assistant professor of English in the Folklore Program at Utah State University AND cofounder of the Digital Folklore Project. She’s the author of Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies.
- Dr. Christopher Blythe, research associate with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, author of Terrible Revolution: Latter Day Saints and the American Apocalypse.