Starting in 2002, the Grand Canyon Historical Society has been honored to be a part of the historical gatherings of professional and avocational people who enjoy topics specific to Grand Canyon history. Presentations are made by selected speakers who have done specific research in a wide range of Grand Canyon history subjects, including: American Indian history, exploration of the canyon and plateau, mining and prospecting, the Colorado River, Grand Canyon Village, roads and trails, the National Park Service, and many other areas.
The first three symposiums were held 5 years apart. The goals of each symposium are to increase the knowledge and understanding of the history pertaining to the Grand Canyon and adjacent areas, and to promote communication and sharing among canyon historians, writers and enthusiasts.
Each symposium has built on the previous success of these immensely popular symposiums. Visit the individual symposium pages to see what presentations and activities contributed to their success, and to prepare for the next historic event.
Next Grand Canyon History Symposium - 2019
Preparations for the 4th Grand Canyon History Symposium are underway. This event will be linked to the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016. This symposium will be followed by another Grand Canyon History Symposium during the Grand Canyon National Park centennial in 2019.
Given the proximity of these two very important centennials, the 2016 Grand Canyon History Symposium will only have paper presentations on one day. The 2019 Grand Canyon History Symposium will have paper presentations over a series of days. The GCHS encourages all of you with an interest in Grand Canyon history to consider participating in these historic events.