Old photo showing two men, image in the shape of a common puzzle pieceThis year’s annual conference includes an exciting slate of interesting sessions certain to provoke discussion and expand interest in restoration history.

Note: the agenda presented here is not final and is subject to change.

Items marked with (RS) indicate the presentation is part of the Restoration Studies track.

Time Session Presenter(s) Location
Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Friday, September 21, 2018
7:30 – 9:15 a.m. Light breakfast (included in registration fee) Concourse I & II
8:00 a.m.
Chair: Brian C. Hales
War and Peace in the LDS and RLDS Traditions David Pulsipher
Bryce Taylor
Andrew Bolton
Salon D & E
9:00 a.m. Break Concourse I & II
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Sherman Feher
Breakout 211 All May be Saved: Young Joseph and Blacks in the Priesthood Ryan C. Tittle Salon A
Singing Our Story Kathy Fallon
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Larry Green
Breakout 212 Laurel Club-Feeding the Body, Feeding the Soul Rachel Killebrew Salon F
Train Up a Child in the Way They Should Go Daniel M. Kelty
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Tom Kimball
Breakout 213 The Missouri-Mormon War on National Television: A Portrayal of Alexander W. Doniphan’s Involvement in the 1838 Conflict on NBC’s Weekly TV Series Profiles in Courage Alex Baugh Salon B
Catharsis from Catastrophe: Healing at Historic Carthage Jail Scott C. Esplin
9:30 a.m.
Chair: Richard Bennett
Breakout 214 Community of Christ Sings: Global Songs…New Challenges Pamela Robison Salon C
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Music and the Spoken Word: Ambassadors Yesterday and Today Lloyd D. Newell
10:45 a.m. Break Concourse I & II
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Taunalyn Rutherford
Breakout 221 Embaye Melekin and the Book of Mormon as the African Bible Steven L. Shields Salon C
Reterritorializing Hills and Valleys: Globalization, the American RLDS, and the Sora RLDS, 1964-1998 David J. Howlett
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Vickie Cleverley Speek
Breakout 222 Montrose-The City Across the River Brooke LeFevre in collaboration with David A. LeFevre Salon F
A Home with a Name but no Story! Barbara Morgan Gardner
11:15 a.m.
Chair: Bruce Van Orden
Breakout 223 Life Was A Great Adventure: The Story of the Turpin Family Marian Peck-Rees Salon B
Congregational Life Cycle and Renewal: The Story of the Toronto Congregation John Hamer
11:15 a.m.
Chair: W. B. “Pat” Spillman
Breakout 224 Deconstructing the Story of Apostasy and Restoration: Holy Spirit and Retelling the Story of Restoration in Trinitarian Perspective RS (RS) Matthew J. Frizzell Salon A
Ecclesiological Bombshells: Schneebeck’s Body of Christ (1968), Landon & Smith’s For What Purpose Assembled? (1969), and the Unmaking and Remaking of a Denomination (RS) Anthony Chvala-Smith
1:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon – included in registration fee
Nominated Books
Nominated Articles
Salon D & E
2:30 p.m. Break Concourse I & II
3:00 p.m.
Chair: William Main
Breakout 241 Growing into an Elect Lady: the historical setting of the Elect Lady revelation and Emma’s involvement in the creation of hymnals and church exhortations Maclane E. Heward Salon C
Ordering Emma’s Chaos: Findings from the Restoration Cousins Oral History Project Taunalyn Rutherford
3:00 p.m.
Chair: Bruce Worthen
Breakout 242 The Order of Sacrifice: Fraud and Chicanery in C.B. Thompson’s Communal Society Junia Braby Salon A
To What Extent was W.W. Phelps Joseph Smith’s Ghostwriter in Nauvoo? Bruce Van Orden
3:00 p.m.
Chair: Casey Griffiths
Breakout 243 Mormons and Lineage: The Complicated History of Blacks and Patriarchal Blessings, 1830-2018 Matt Harris Salon F
“Utah became the last state to recognize the Martin Luther King Holiday”: Mormons and the Quest for Racial Justice, 1985-2000 Madison Harris
3:00 p.m.
Chair: William Morain
Breakout 244 Alice and Sir: Faith and Reason in the One True Church Paul M. Edwards Salon B
Envisioning a Social Gospel Through a Book No One Read Gregory Edwards
4:15 p.m. Break Concourse I & II
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Dan Whittemore
Breakout 251 Informal Reflections on the Saint Paul School of Theology and the RLDS Church: Why, How, and What For? Keith J. Wilson
William Russell
Peter Judd
Salon A
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Glen Larson
Breakout 252 The Nauvoo Temple Angel Joseph Johnstun Salon F
Architectural Symbolism of the Original Nauvoo Temple Shalisse Lewis
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Steven L. Shields
Breakout 253 Sacred Space as a Means of Fashioning Order out of Chaos Alonzo L. Gaskill Salon B
The Untold Story of the Acquisition of the Original Temple Lot: Independence, Jackson County CANCELLED
4:45 p.m.
Chair: Bill Shepard
Breakout 254 Eunice Kinney: A Strangite Woman Alone in the Faith Kyle R. Beshears Salon C
Strang’s Summer of Exile Vickie Cleverley Speek
6:00 p.m. Trivia Night Salon D & E
Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Sunday, September 23, 2018
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