At the recent Mormon History Association annual conference, Rick Turley, Assistant Church Historian, announced a multi-year, multi-volume project focused on Mormon women. He announced this at the Women’s History breakfast and everyone was thrilled. Turley and his co-editor, Brittany Chapman (LDS Church History Library and editor of the forthcoming Ruth May Fox diaries), have committed themselves to realizing this publication effort in an expeditious manner. Here is the thing: they need some help.
They have just launched a new website with all the information that you might need to get started. Check out each of the five main pages as they are quite useful. The volumes will be comprised of short chapters: one page biographical introduction and then 9 pages of interesting, poignant, or thought provoking life experience. Volume 1 is to be about women born in or before 1820.
This is a great opportunity for many people to engage in writing history, who haven’t previously had the opportunity. The length is manageable, and as life writings are to be an emphasis, there is a lot work with. I encourage everyone to take a look at the Volume 1 page of the website, pick a women that looks potentially interesting and then skim through her life writings or biographical material. After this, submit a proposal. It is that easy.
Of course scholarly standards are important, and I understand they will be upheld. Most people around here have the capacity to participate in this project; there really isn’t much excuse.
I’ve spent the last five years in the lives of many of our early sisters. They deserve a voice today. They have power.
Spread the word.