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Collected Leonard J Arrington Mormon History Lectures

USU Special Collections

Publication Year: 2004

The first ten lectures in Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture Series are here collected in one volume. The series, established by one of the twentieth-century West's most distinguished historians, Leonard Arrington, has become a leading forum for prominent historians to address topics related to Mormon history. The first lecturer was Arrington himself. He was followed by Richard Lyman Bushman, Richard E. Bennett, Howard R. Lamar, Claudia L. Bushman, Kenneth W. Godfrey, Jan Shipps, Donald Worster, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and F. Ross Peterson. Utah State University hosts the Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture Series. The University Libraries' Special Collections and Archives houses the Arrington collection. The state's land grant university began collecting records very early, and in the 1960s became a major depository for Utah and Mormon records. Leonard and his wife Grace joined the USU faculty and family in 1946, and the Arringtons and their colleagues worked to collect original diaries, journals, letters, and photographs.

Published by: Utah State University Press

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-ix

Special Collections and Archives, Utah State University Libraries, houses the personal and historical collection of Leonard J. Arrington, a renowned scholar of the American West. As part of Arrington’s gift to the university, he requested that the university’s historical collection become the focus for an annual lecture on an aspect of Mormon history. Utah State agreed to the request ...

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1. 7 November 1995 Faith and Intellect as Partners in Mormon History

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pp. 1-30

Throughout its history the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, through its leaders and apologists, has declared that faith and intellect have a mutually supportive relationship.1 Faith opens the way to knowledge, and knowledge, in turn, often reaches up to reverence. Spiritual understanding comes with faith and is supported by intellect. Church ...

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2. 22 October 1996 Making Space for the Mormons

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pp. 31-54

The organizers of this event are to be commended for initiating a lecture series named for Leonard Arrington, and I truly hope I can do justice to the occasion. I am tempted to devote the time to Leonard himself, for though his immense talents are widely appreciated, we always feel they are not appreciated enough. ...

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3. 6 November 1997 “My Idea Is to Go Right Through Right Side Up with Care” The Exodus as Reformation

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pp. 55-70

So remarked Brigham Young at the Platte River on the eve of the Mormon exodus on 15 April 1847. The wagon trains and the celebrations of this sesquicentennial remembrance year are now over, themselves a part of the history they so diligently tried to recreate. Now, in this season of afterglow and reflection, I intend to take us back yet one more time to look at the ...

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4. 1 December 1998 The Theater in Mormon Life and Culture

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pp. 71-90

It is a great honor to be invited to deliver, in 1998, the fourth annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture. I have known Professor Arrington for more than forty years and I have always admired his scholarship, have frequently sought his advice, and have always treasured his friendship. For me, he is the senior ranking Western historian alive ...

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5. 7 October 1999 Mormon Domestic Life in the 1870s Pandemonium or Arcadia? [Contains Image Plates]

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pp. 91-118

I am greatly honored to be delivering this lecture in honor of Leonard J. Arrington, a person who has so deeply influenced me as well as a generation of others. Leonard was present for the first four of these lectures. He is no longer with us. I have been pleased to inspect his new portrait, however, and to see that it projects the authentic Arrington persona. Those coming ...

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6. 25 October 2000 The Importance of the Temple in Understanding the Latter-day Saint Nauvoo Experience Then and Now

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pp. 119-154

Between the years 1830 and 1844, more than thirty books were written detailing the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints1 and attempting to explain this new religious movement founded by the New York farm boy Joseph Smith. Some, it appears, wrote about what they knew and had experienced, as most of these histories were authored ...

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7. 11 October 2001 Signifying Sainthood, 1830–2001

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pp. 155-184

Arriving in Logan more than four decades ago, I looked around and thought what I was seeing was a typical western town. Let me explain. As everyone who listens for more than a few minutes discovers, I reveal my region of rearing by the way I talk. But an accent only discloses so much. More precisely, I grew up in the small-town South, not an elegant place ...

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8. 11 October 2002 Encountering Mormon Country John Wesley Powell, John Muir, and the Nature of Utah

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pp. 185-204

So Samuel Bowles, a newspaperman from green and wooded Massachusetts, described the Great Basin in 1865. He spoke for the many travelers who, like him, were repelled by the Basin’s apparent infertility and bleakness. But not all who came were so unmoved. The piney mountain passes, the spectacular canyon lands, the sparse but sheltering ...

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9. 23 October 2003 Rachel’s Death How Memory Challenges History

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pp. 205-222

There is the past. Then there are people’s recollections of the past, the stories they tell themselves and pass on to their children. Scholars call these stories, whether preserved in families or celebrated in public events, “memory.” Memory is not history. History is a documented account of the past. It asks memory, “Where did you get that?” and “How do ...

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10. 4 November 2004 “I Didn’t Want to Leave the House, but He Compelled Me To” A Personal Examination of a Mormon Family

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pp. 223-241

It is most appropriate that we gather this evening in this restored historical building. We also gather under the banner of the annual Leonard J. Arrington Lecture on Mormon History and the O.C. Tanner Symposium on Religious Studies. Leonard Arrington and Obert Tanner exemplified through their own research, writing, and intellectual and personal ...


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pp. 242-277

About the Authors

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pp. 278-283

E-ISBN-13: 9780874215274
Print-ISBN-13: 9780874215984

Publication Year: 2004