BYU’s 2010 Church History Symposium: Tentative Program

By February 17, 2010

Taken from here. (the link is found on the left.)


9:00–10:00 A.M.
Richard Lyman Bushman Joseph Smith and the Routinization of Charisma


10:00–11:30 A.M.
Concurrent Sessions

John W. Welch The Book of Mormon: The Keystone of our Church Organization and Administration

Mark Staker The Development of the Office of Church President and a First Presidency, 1831-1833

Fred Woods Men in Motion: Organizing and Administering the Gathering

Ken Alford A History of Mormon Catechisms

Casey Griffiths Joseph F. Merrill and the Transformation of the Church Educational System

John Livingstone N. Eldon Tanner and LDS Church Administration

Janet Peterson Young Women: An Organizational History

Scott Esplin Tying it to the Priesthood: President Harold B. Lee and the Restructuring of the Young Men’s Organization

RoseAnn Benson Early History of the Primary Association

Mary Jane Woodger & Jessica Christensen Ardeth Greene Kapp on the Young Women’s Organization


11:30–12:30 P.M.
Lunch Attendees provide their own lunch.

12:30–1:20 P.M.

Edward L. Kimball Lengthening Our Stride: The Administration of Spencer W. Kimball


1:30–2:50 P.M.
Concurrent Sessions

Susan Easton Black Early Quorums of the Seventies

Richard O. Cowan The Seventies’ Role in Worldwide Church Administration

Ronald Walker Brigham Young and the Succession Crisis of 1844

Jill Mulvay Derr Paradise Regained: Eliza R. Snow and the 1867-68 Reconstitution of Relief Society

Matthew Heiss The Annual History: The Origins of Local Unit Record Keeping

Kip Sperry Family History in the LDS Church

Dave Hall Building a Program of Reform: Relief Society Educational and Social Welfare Work, 1900-1945

Roger Minert The Succession of Leadership in the East and West German Missions in WWII

Mike Goodman The History of Correlation

Michael Hicks How to Make (and Unmake) a Mormon Hymnal


3:00–4:20 P.M.
Concurrent Sessions

Richard E. Bennett Restoration of the Melchizedek Priesthood

Joseph Darowski Conferences, Councils and Church Governance, 1830-1834

Sherry Pack Baker & Elizabeth Mott From Radio to the Internet: LDS Church and Its Use of Electronic Media in the 20th Century

Matthew O. Richardson Teaching One Another: Administering The Sunday School

R. Lanier Britsch Mission Administration and Organization: A Survey of Latter-day Saints Missionary Work Since 1830

Craig Ostler The Doctrine and Covenants, 20;22: Handbook for New Branches of the Church

Jessie Embry & A. LeGrand Richards A Year in the Life of the Provo Utah South Stake, 2008-2009

Irene Adams Family Stress and the Role of the Bishop’s Wife

William G. Hartley & Theodore D. Moore “Our Churches and Homes Shall Be Beautiful”: The LDS Church’s Beautification Movement, 1938-1947

Mark L. Grover The Beginning of the Church Construction Program in South America

Thomas G. Alexander Church Administration, 1890-1930

David J. Whittaker Joseph B. Keeler and the Modernization of Mormonism, 1885-1918


4:30–5:30 P.M.
Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone Prophets, Parables, and Poetry

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  1. Thanks for putting this up, Ben as well as the program for the AML conference in the sidebar.

    Comment by Jared T — February 17, 2010 @ 7:34 am

  2. Thanks for putting this up, Ben. Looks like a pretty decent line-up.

    Comment by Christopher — February 17, 2010 @ 9:43 am

  3. Looks great. Thanks for posting.

    Comment by Hunter — February 17, 2010 @ 10:27 am

  4. Much of this looks good. But am I the only one who notices a few of these topics that are a bit hoary? I find those surprising.

    Comment by SC Taysom — February 17, 2010 @ 11:30 am

  5. No, SC, you’re not the only one, just the first to say it out loud [grin].

    Comment by Jared T — February 17, 2010 @ 11:39 am

  6. I was reluctant to say anything lest I be accused of being a grumpy old man. I mean, I am one of those, but I’m glad this isn’t an indication of that fact.

    Comment by SC Taysom — February 17, 2010 @ 11:53 am

  7. Ha, I’m glad you hedged, I was gonna say, “Indeed, that is the case, but…” 🙂

    But that having been said, there indeed are some solid presenters and some interesting topics.

    Comment by Jared T — February 17, 2010 @ 12:18 pm

  8. Wow, that’s a lot of concurrent sessions to be running against each other. Too bad they couldn’t have spread it out over two days and given attendees some easier choices.

    If anyone happens to attend the Mike Hicks session on hymnals, I hope they’ll post their notes; that one looks particularly interesting to me.

    Comment by Kevin Barney — February 17, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  9. Kevin, Mike is (as I am sure you know) very friendly. If you email him he would probably tell you everything you wanted to know.

    One of the major points of the lecture is about how before our current version of the hymnal there was one made that got rejected by the brethren, after years of effort in making it.

    Comment by TrevorM — February 22, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

  10. Blogs Away!

    Bushman’s was great. Haven’t put it together for a post yet, though. Welch’s was easy enough to put together and post already. Staker’s is revising earlier views of the development of the priesthood by examining emergence of first presidency, etc. I am not live blogging this one, but if my recording turns out ok I might put together an outline with his key sources and arguments.

    Comment by BHodges — February 26, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

  11. I’ll have notes from bushman and I’m in the Joseph Merrill and Tanner sessions.

    Comment by Jared T. — February 26, 2010 @ 1:15 pm


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