Assistant Church Historian Richard E. Turley, Jr. will speak at the Milton A. Barlow Center in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, 28 July at noon. A light lunch will be served. There is no cost for this event. This event is sponsored by the DC Law Society Chapter, and LDS International Society members are invited to participate. Please RSVP via e-mail.

Turley spent much of his career after graduating from law school in management of the Church History Department. His fascinating career has given him many opportunities, including the chance to research and co-write a book on the Mountain Meadows Massacre, which was an Oxford Press best seller. He will be sharing some insights on that topic and particularly those dealing with John Lee’s trial and conviction for what happened at Mountain Meadows.  Turley will also share some of his experiences from his career working with Church history.

He was appointed assistant church historian and recorder for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2008. Prior to this appointment, he served for eight years as managing director of the Family and Church History Department, overseeing the Church Archives and Records Center, the Church History Library, and the Museum of Church History and Art. From 1986 to 2000, he supervised the Church Historical Department and from 1996 to 2000 the Family History Department .

Turley is a graduate of the J. Reuben Clark Law School where he served as executive editor of the Law Review and received the Hugh B. Brown Barrister’s Award for demonstrating the highest standards of classroom performance.