However my first love of history goes father back than my Dad's travels. While growing up, we lived in Illinois for a couple of years in Carbondale. A member of the branch had a property with enough open land to have a branch garden. This property had something else. It had bomb craters from the Civil War. You could still see them. I was fascinated with the Civil War. But when a teacher offered me a how-to baseball book or a Civil War book I took the baseball book. I was still a boy, and playing baseball was something I did a lot back then.
I did study some history in college. I took the history of Cache Valley course, and did a research paper on the History of the Reorganized Church in Cache Valley. Not many people know that the son of Joseph Smith, Joseph Smith III, visited Cache Valley as president of the Reorganized Church, and there was a great debate between the two philosophies in the basement of the Logan Tabernacle. (The main floor was not completed and the basement was the largest room available in the Valley at the time.) At one point someone yelled from the gallery, "Don't talk to the son of the prophet that way." Joseph Smith had a great respect from the people which carried over to his son. Even so there were not a lot of converts to the church headed by Joseph Smith III.
I also recently delved into WWII history, as I wrote my father's history. It was good to understand that war a bit better.
I have also studied pioneer history as part of learning of my own ancestors. More recently I have been learning California pioneer history. Did you know there was a battle in Santa Clara as part of the Mexican American War? There are many things with regards to history I enjoy. I am often reading a historical book.
PS My Dad's thesis is in the special collections section of the USU library. The paper I wrote is there as well.