Mormonism at the American Society of Church History

By November 15, 2007

I received in the mail yesterday the program for the Winter Meeting of the American Society of Church History, to be held January 3-6, 2008 in Washington, D.C.  Because of all of the discussion lately on how Mormonism fits into larger American historical frameworks, I was anxious to see how many sessions of the ASCH meeting discussed Mormonism. I knew of one already, and was pleased to find an additional session focusing on Mormonism, both of which look great.  Both sessions are included below.

Saturday, January 5

7:00-8:30 AM

Breakfast discussion: “The Mormons,” a documentary film by Helen Whitney

State Room

  • Steven Harper, Brigham Young University, Chair
  • Sara M. Patterson, Loyola Marymount University, Panelist
  • Jan Shipps, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, Panelist
  • The Audience, Comments

 Sunday, January 6

8:30-10:30 AM, Session 32

The Boundaries of American Religious Freedom: Nineteenth-Century Mormon Clashes with Government Power

Independence Room

  • Gretchen Adams, Texas Tech University, Chair
  • John G. Turner, University of South Alabama – “Nothing But Morals”: Brigham Young, Frontier Methodism, and Early Mormon Conversions
  • Patrick Q. Mason, American University of Cairo – Religion, Violence, and the State: Government Complicity in Southern Anti-Mormon Violence, 1876-1900
  • J. Spencer Fluhman, Brigham Young University – The Making of Federal Anti-Mormonism before Reynolds
  • Quincy D. Newell, University of Wyoming, Comments


  1. Looks interesting. Thanks for the heads up.

    Comment by Patrick — November 15, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

  2. I second that Patrick. Thanks for the headsup, Christopher.

    Comment by Megatron — November 15, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

  3. I didn’t mention it in the post, but Philip Barlow and John-Charles Duffy are also participating in a session, though it’s not an explicitly Mormon topic.

    Comment by Christopher — November 15, 2007 @ 8:45 pm


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