Scandinavian Conference Speakers

Richard Stevens

Richard Stevens is a retired research biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife and a former Director of the Great Basin Experimental Station. He is an author of over 150 publications and books. His groundbreaking rangeland, wildlife habitat and ecological research has taken him throughout the Great Basin and the American West. Richard graduated from Snow College, Brigham Young University and The University of Arizona. He has lived most of his life in his home town of Ephraim and is passionate about local history and pre and post settlement vegetation.

This should come as no surprise, as Richard's Ephraim and Sanpete Valley roots are deep and mirror the founding and settlement of the area. All of his ancestors settled in the Sanpete Valley with the first at Manti in 1851, Spring City 1853, Ephraim 1854, and Moroni in 1856. Richard's wife Marie is also a multi-generation Utah native whose ancestors settled in Box Elder and Summit counties. Richard and Marie have 5 children, 20 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. With his vast knowledge of the settlement of Ephraim and its connection to Ephraim Canyon, Richard will talk about the history of Ephraim Canyon and its historical significance.


Ann Adams

Ann Adams is an award winning textile and weaving expert from Elberta Utah. She has a Bachelor's degree and training in Anthropology from Brigham Young University and her research in ethnic and historical textiles has led her to exhibit and receive accolades nationally for her work. Ann has over 25 years of weaving experience and has taught weaving and dyeing in both workshop and classroom settings.

Ann's research into Scandinavian textiles and weaving has certainly gained our attention and on Saturday, May 28th she will display her skill and work at the festival's Old Crafter's Village located at the Ephraim Square & Co-op. However, prior to that Ann will be our final speaker for the festival's Heritage Conference. Ann will share with us a presentation on Scandinavian Rug Weaving.