Please join us tonight or tomorrow night (Feb 9 Fullerton and 10 Flintridge) at 7:30 p.m. to hear Dr. Thomas Simpson discuss his fascinating book, "American Universities and the Birth of Modern Mormonism," which won the Mormon History Assocation's "Best Book" award for 2016. Note that the Fullerton meeting will be held at the Fairway Village clubhouse--see our website for more details. http://www.millereccles.org
Historian Michael Quinn addressed MESG-OC on his just-published third volume in the "Mormon Hierarchy" series, "Wealth & Corporate Power." He spoke extemporaneously for an hour on his decades of research that led to this latest volume. It was a fascinating evening.
Great meetings coming up this weekend, November 10 (Fullerton) and 11 (Flintridge), both at 7:30. Renown historian D. Michael Quinn will speak to us about his just-published third volume in his famous "Mormon Hierarchy" series titled "Wealth & Corporate Power." This is a great chance to hear and meet one of the most respected Mormon historians of our time. Hope to see you there!
Independent historian William MacKinnon and former Assistant Church Historian Richard E. Turley presented their specialized studies on the 1857-58 Utah War and on the Mountain Meadows Massacre and its aftermath.
Ashley Mae ("Ashmae") Hoiland read from her latest book "A Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly." It is a spiritual autobiography from a gifted writer of searing honesty. Her readings were well received and many stayed late to ask her questions and purchase copies of her books.
These photos are from the Friday meeting at the Cal State Fullerton Institute of Religion and the Saturday meeting was at the Frandsens' in Flintridge. For Miller Eccles, it was a great way to kick off the 2017 fall season.
Our next event will be October 20-21 with former Assistant Church Historian Richard E. Turley and independent historian William MacKinnon.
Don't miss our September event; Friday 9/15 in Fullerton; Saturday 9/16 in Flintridge. Both 7:30 p.m. Our speaker will be Ashley Mae Hoiland, who will talk about her book "One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly" and explain how to create a better relationship to God through telling our story. Ashmae is the first woman to have a book published in BYU's Maxwell Institute "Living Faith" series. If you're anywhere near Southern California, please try to join us.
Don't miss the Miller Eccles presentation this coming Friday, June 16, and Saturday, June 17, featuring Dr. Miranda Wilcox and Dr. John D. Young, who will discuss new understandings of the great apostasy. The Friday meeting is at the CS Fullerton Institute and the Saturday meeting is at the Frandsen's in Flintridge. Both start at 7:30 p.m. John and Miranda are coeditors of the award-winning essay collection published by Oxford University Press, "Standing Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy."
We had a wonderful evening on Friday night at the CSF Institute with guest speaker Marlin Jensen, former Church Historian, and his wife Kathleen. We had one of our largest turnouts at our new Institute venue and we heard many comments at how well Elder Jensen connected with his audience. At his request the session was not recorded so those who could not attend missed out on an occasion both informative and inspirational. More photos are here: https://goo.gl/photos/hhgNo8qRAgUBGydLA
Last evening we heard a fascinating presentation from Dr. Matthew Garrett discussing his book, "Making Lamanites: Mormons, Native Americans, and the Indian Student Placement Program, 1947-2000." It was also interesting to hear from those who had participated in the program, both as students and hosts. If you couldn't attend, look for the podcast in the next few weeks.
We had an outstanding Miller Eccles Study Group meeting last night as Dr. Matthew Grow, Director of Publications for the Church History Department discussed the newly-published Minutes of the Nauvoo-Era Council of Fifty which heretofore have been unavailable to researchers. If you're in Southern California and missed it, you have one last chance this evening at 7:30 at the Frandsen home in Flintridge.
I'm looking forward to this coming weekend, September 9 & 10, when Kate Holbrook, managing historian for the women's history team at the Church History Department, will speak about the landmark new book, "The First Fifty Years of Relief Society," which Kate co-edited. Friday at the Fullerton Institute; Saturday at the Frandsens in Flintridge. Both nights 7:30 p.m. Please note: We have not been given permission to record this one, so you'll need to be there to hear it. I think you will find it fascinating to hear about the organization of the Relief Society from the words of its earliest members. -- Morris Thurston
We have truly outstanding MESG meetings scheduled for June 24 (Fullerton) and 25 (Flintridge) at 7:30 p.m. Greg Prince, who, among other things, is one of Mormonism's great historians, will be speaking about his just-published book, "Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History." Greg's earlier book ("David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism") is on everyone's list of the best ten books on Mormon history ever written. This new book promises to be equally compell...ing, as it delves into the story behind the slow shift from apologetic Mormon history to more honesty and transparency, a shift that was strongly resisted by some of the hierarchy. Please join us if you are in (or can get to) Southern California that weekend. We will have copies of the book available for purchase at a discount at the Orange County meeting and Greg will be happy to sign them.
We had an excellent Miller Eccles presentation this past weekend by Cory Crawford, Assistant Professor at the University of Ohio, who provided some fascinating insights on the topic "The Struggle for Female Authority in Biblical and Mormon Traditions." We're sorry if you had to miss it. It will be available as a Dialogue Podcast with the next few weeks; Cory's article on the same subject is now available for download at a nominal price on the Dialogue Journal website. https://www.dialoguejournal.com/…/dialogue-p…/summer-2015-2/