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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.