Announcement: 16th Annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture

If any of you fans of Mormon Studies happen to be in or around Logan this Thursday, be sure to check out the 16th Annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture, held in the Logan Tabernacle. Details below the fold.

Susan Arrington Madsen and Carl Arrington
A Paper Mountain: The Extraordinary Diary of Leonard James Arrington
Thursday, September 23, 2010, at 7 pm Logan LDS Tabernacle 50 N. Main, Logan, Utah

The people of the Great Basin Kingdom are not often likely to witness a scholar, father, friend, mentor and Latter-day Saint of the stature of Leonard James Arrington. Along the way, Leonard Arrington was writing about all of these experiences in a diary—a diary that would eventually occupy 26 linear feet on the shelf at USU Special Collections. The record includes some 60,000 pages – roughly two pages per day for all of his eighty-three years until his death in 1999. The diary reveals in gritty detail not just his adventures as a church historian, but the history of many Cache Valley characters. It also provides a treasure-trove of information on his personal trials, triumphs, and disappointments, along with his joys as a friend, father, and scholar. This presentation provides a sampler of stories, hidden deeds, private opinions about public controversies, and insights into a man who was hailed variously as a genius, a dangerous menace, a valiant friend, and a wise father.

View full announcement here.


  1. Julie M. Smith says:

    Sure would be nice if they provided audio or video online after the event for those of us who aren’t local . . .

  2. Amen Julie. Although, I have enjoyed the articles in the Salt Lake Tribune about the collection.

  3. I wish I could go. You can also see the flyer for the accompanying Arrington Award Competition here.

  4. And you can see the ‘nacle’s first and most extensive announcement here.

  5. Ardis, sometimes I’m not sure when you’re joking around. I wasn’t trying to just one-up anyone, but the JI announcement does post the details of the writing competition, which neither your post nor this one gives, and since I’m not able to go (and thus, unconcerned about diminishing my chances to win by attracting more people ), I thought I’d help get the word out about it. I could leave a similar notice at Keepa if you’d like.

  6. Steve Evans says:

    And you can see the ‘nacle’s most accurate announcement here.

  7. Oh, Jared, I just didn’t want to be left out! When in doubt, assume that I’m *trying* to be funny. When in doubt, assume that Steve Evans *is* funny. Weird-funny, but funny.

  8. Thanks Ardis and Steve. And I continue to cement my newfound “sourpuss” persona :)

  9. FYI, I created this post like 2 months ago, and just held onto it until this arbitrarily chosen date closer to the event itself.

    So talk all you want about posting it first; I knew first, and knowing is, as they say, half the battle.

  10. Next time I put up an announcement I’m going to put “FIST!!!!1!!” in the first line.

  11. I think we’re better off just doing that on all posts, SB2.

  12. When in doubt, what are we to assume about Scott B. and Cynthia L.?

  13. Steve Evans says:

    That they are me, just posting in different personae.

  14. Already knew that. FIRST!!!!

  15. Yeah, I’m gonna be in the habit of affixing all of my posts with “FIST” from now on.

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