On September 11, 2011, the Mountain Meadows Massacre site was officially designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark. It was the culmination of years of tireless work and collaboration between the descendent organizations, the LDS church, Paiute groups, legal and archaeological professionals, and other stakeholders.
Excerpt: “The designation means the United States has recognized that this site is among the most important in U.S. history,” said Lysa Wegman-French, a historian with the Intermountain regional office of the National Park Service. “I like to compare it to the Emmy or Oscar awards for actors. This is public recognition of the importance of the site to the nation.”
– Article by Peggy Fletcher Stack, The Salt Lake Tribune, July 5, 2011.
Excerpt: “On a day when people throughout the United States were remembering the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, some 400 people gathered on a windy morning on a remote plot of ground in southern Utah to remember another tragic event on Sept. 11, 1857.
“Today we recognize the importance of this site with its designation as a National Historic Landmark,” wrote U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in a letter that was read during the Sunday morning gathering at the site of the Mountain Meadows Massacre.”
-Article by Joseph Walker, Deseret News, September 11, 2011.