Eastward Ho! Mormon Historians Meet in Missouri

Mormon History Association annual meetingsThe Mormon History Association will meet May 27-30 in Kansas City at the Holiday Inn on 39th Street (see photo). On Thursday evening Steven Veazey, president of the Community of Christ, will give a welcome address at the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in nearby Independence. He will be accompanied by historians Craig S. Campbell and Jon Taylor, who will sketch the historical significance of Independence.

This year eleven Signature Books authors will be presenting papers: Thomas G. Alexander, Lavina Fielding Anderson, Gary James Bergera, Claudia L. Bushman, Kenneth L. Cannon, Jessie L. Embry, Michael Harold Paulos, William D. Russell, George D. Smith, Vickie Cleverly Speek, and Richard Van Wagoner. A total of seventy-one scholars will speak during the four-day conference.

On Friday morning, a plenary session will feature Laurel Thatcher Ulrich of Harvard University considering the topic, “A House Full of Females: Family and Faith in Nineteenth-Century Mormon Diaries.” Friday afternoon, Becky L. Savage, a member of the Community of Christ First Presidency, will report on “Women’s Ordination: Historical and Personal Reflections.” The annual awards banquet will be held on Friday evening.

On Saturday morning Catherine A. Brekus of the University of Chicago Divinity School will speak on “Mormon Women and the Problem of Historical Agency.” On Saturday evening, MHA President Ronald E. Romig will trace the life of Alexander Hale Smith, one of Joseph and Emma Smith’s sons, then pass the association’s leadership to President-elect William P. MacKinnon. There will be pre- and post-conference tours of historic sites and a concluding devotional on Sunday, May 30, at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence.

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Also, don’t miss the Missouri Mormon Walking Tour.