Collected Leonard J Arrington Mormon History Lectures

Collected Leonard J Arrington Mormon History Lectures

Leonard J. Arrington
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 296
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    Collected Leonard J Arrington Mormon History Lectures
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    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.

    eISBN: 978-0-87421-527-4
    Subjects: Religion

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Introduction
    (pp. vii-ix)

    The establishment of a lecture series honoring a library’s special collection and a donor to that collection is unique. 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 and in 1995 inaugurated the annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture Series.

    Utah State’s Special Collections and Archives is ideally suited...

  4. 1 7 November 1995 Faith and Intellect as Partners in Mormon History
    (pp. 1-29)
    Leonard J. Arrington

    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 President Spencer W. Kimball told Brigham Young University students in his “Second Century Address” in 1976: “As LDS scholars you must speak with authority and excellence to your professional colleagues in the language of scholarship, and you must also be literate in the language of spiritual things.”²...

  5. 2 22 October 1996 Making Space for the Mormons
    (pp. 31-53)
    Richard Lyman Bushman

    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.

    I met Leonard in 1960 when I took my first job at BYU as a new Ph.D. To my surprise one day in the fall, an envelope from Utah State appeared in the mail, and in it was a letter from Leonard welcoming me to...

  6. 3 6 November 1997 “My Idea Is to Go Right Through Right Side Up with Care” The Exodus as Reformation
    (pp. 55-70)
    Richard E. Bennett

    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 Mormon exodus in a somewhat different light perhaps than that offered by other commentators and historians. If Wallace Stegner in his wonderfully crafted studyGathering of Zionchose to humanize the pioneers while...

  7. 4 1 December 1998 The Theater in Mormon Life and Culture
    (pp. 71-89)
    Howard R. Lamar

    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 today, the most distinguished historian writing about the Mormon past, and a leading authority on Utah’s history in this century.¹ HisGreat Basin Kingdomset a new benchmark for fine scholarship for Mormon religious, political, economic, and social history.² Indeed, whatever...

  8. 5 7 October 1999 Mormon Domestic Life in the 1870s Pandemonium or Arcadia?
    (pp. 91-118)
    Claudia L. Bushman

    Iam 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 along will be able to get an inkling of this remarkable man. Certainly those of us who knew him have greatly benefitted from the experience.

    This evening I will revisit Zion in...

  9. 6 25 October 2000 The Importance of the Temple in Understanding the Latter-day Saint Nauvoo Experience Then and Now
    (pp. 119-153)
    Kenneth W. Godfrey

    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 by disciples of the Prophet² (Latter-day Saints commonly refer to Joseph Smith as the Prophet, and I will follow their lead in this paper). Others, some of whom were openly hostile to Mormonism, wrote “in order to know”³ or expose the...

  10. 7 11 October 2001 Signifying Sainthood, 1830–2001
    (pp. 155-183)
    Jan Shipps

    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 of moonlight and magnolias, but a little Alabama town. That location limited my vision, especially since my birth coincided with the Great Depression, which made travel a luxury our working class family could...

  11. 8 11 October 2002 Encountering Mormon Country John Wesley Powell, John Muir, and the Nature of Utah
    (pp. 185-203)
    Donald Worster

    Aregion whose uses are unimaginable, unless to hold the rest of the globe together.”¹ 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 valleys, even the alkali deserts of Utah and Nevada drew admirers and settlers, until their tracks on the land became as numerous as those of water birds on the shores of...

  12. 9 23 October 2003 Rachel’s Death How Memory Challenges History
    (pp. 205-221)
    Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    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 you know?” “History,” as historian Richard White has observed, “is the enemy of memory…. History forges weapons from what memory has forgotten or suppressed.” Yet, memory is powerful, and it will not go away. In White’s words, “There are regions...

  13. 10 4 November 2004 “I Didn’t Want to Leave the House, but He Compelled Me To” A Personal Examination of a Mormon Family
    (pp. 223-242)
    F. Ross Peterson

    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 philanthropy the very best of both Mormon and religious studies. Born early in the twentieth century, Tanner and Arrington struggled with rural poverty, developed a passion for education, and devoted their respective lives to open honest historical and religious inquiry. Through their philosophical and financial support, scholarly...

  14. Notes
    (pp. 243-277)
  15. About the Authors
    (pp. 278-283)