MHA coming up at the end of May [Updated]

The Mormon History Association annual conference is being held in Independence Missouri this spring and the preliminary program is newly available (PDF). It is a great meeting for experienced historians and neophytes. And you never know who you will bump into (last year it was a bishop from my youth).

In scanning through the program, the quality of presentations looks as splendid as ever. There are plenty of Mormon History rock-stars and scholars. I figure I would point out some names that would be familiar to regular readers:

Friday Morning, Sam, Kathleen Flake and I have a session on adoption theology and ritual. At the same time Patrick, the husband of BCC emeritus Melissa DM will be speaking on anti-polygamy in the Postbellum South.

Friday afternoon the JI-crew has session ranging from early Mormon conceptions of heaven, to Parley Pratt’s theology and early Mormon missiology. During that same time, BCC emeritus David Knowlton has a paper on early twentieth-century mission work in Argentina, in a session with Laurie Maffly-Kipp and JIer Jared T. Jared is presenting on his excellent work on the history of the Church in Mexico.

Friday evening brings us a session from the Joseph Smith Papers power-trio of Robin, Mark and Alex. At the same time BCC guest poster Kim Ostman will be presenting a paper on the early Church in Finland.

Saturday morning brings us a session on the Strangites with BCC’s own John Hamer, along with Mike and Vickie Speek (I’m guessing there will be some cool powerpoint action here). Going toe to toe with John in the early morning slot is Kristine Haglund (note to conference planners: respect BCC authors and give them separate time slots). She will be presenting on the Young Women’s curriculum. [Also per comment #1, also competing in the Saturday morning slot is Bruce from Amateur Mormon Historian.]

In the Saturday afternoon Kate Holbrook will be presenting on “LDS Kitchen Habits and the Word of Wisdom” and in the evening JIer Matt B. will presenting what looks like a paper on lived religion in historiography.

Consider joining us at the end of May!

[UPDATE] From Pat Scott’s comment #10:

n apology to everyone! MHA’s Conference Hotel has changed from a Sheraton to Holiday Inn in November. I used the phone number listed on the hotel’s website and had asked for verification but did receive any until I had placed in the newsletter, website and initial draft of the program. The correct phone number is: 817-737-0200 option 3 for reservations or e-mail pschoenrade@hicocokey.com

DO NOT USE THE HOLIDAY INN 800 NUMBER they may make your reservation in Key West – though that might be nice it is a long commute to Independence. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!!

The on-line registration system should be up and running by Monday and may be sooner. The printed program will be mailed next week.

Comments

  1. …also competing in the Saturday morning slot is Bruce from Amateur Mormon Historian.

  2. Thanks for the heads up, J., and the shout out. It’s gonna be a fun time.

  3. Should be a fun time. I’m really looking forward to hearing from both Laurel Ulrich and Catherine Brekus…now that is an allstar lineup!

    Hopefully we’ll do a bloggernacle dinner again.

  4. Sounds good! I hope to be there.

  5. Hammie (formerly Natalie K.) says:

    Ooh, Kristine presenting on YW curriculum. I really wish I could see that. Should be good.

  6. I AM JEALOUS! I will be in England during MHA. I love the presentations, but I love the presenters even more and regret that I won’t see them this year. Have a little extra fun on my behalf.

  7. Kevin Barney says:

    The phone number in the program for the hotel is incorrect. I tried calling it and it has been disconnected. An internet search first turned up the water park; they gave me the hotel number, which is 816-737-0200. Calling that number will save you the run around I experienced.

    I tried to register for the conference, but it looks like the registration isn’t up yet; is that correct? Or am I just looking in the wrong place?

  8. “…also competing in the Saturday morning slot is Bruce from Amateur Mormon Historian.”

    And from Tennessee! (hi, neighbor :))

  9. Kevin, you are right; it appears that the registration page isn’t yet active. I’ll ask the folks at the MHA office to see what the schedule is. Thanks for the heads-up on the hotel number as well.

    Margaret, we will miss you; though I don’t imagine you find too much sympathy with the knowledge that you will be in the UK!

  10. An apology to everyone! MHA’s Conference Hotel has changed from a Sheraton to Holiday Inn in November. I used the phone number listed on the hotel’s website and had asked for verification but did receive any until I had placed in the newsletter, website and initial draft of the program. The correct phone number is: 817-737-0200 option 3 for reservations or e-mail pschoenrade@hicocokey.com
    DO NOT USE THE HOLIDAY INN 800 NUMBER they may make your reservation in Key West – though that might be nice it is a long commute to Independence. SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE!!
    The on-line registration system should be up and running by Monday and may be sooner. The printed program will be mailed next week.

    pat

  11. I hate that I have to choose between the various presenters at each session. But I hate even more that I have no choice about missing the other papers of the Saturday Morning session (Mmmm, I guess I could skip my own. It will be fine, I’m sure ;) ).

    Thanks for the shout out.

    Are you moving back, Kristine?

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