Continued from Part 1.
Dennis A. Wright follows with “The Beginnings of the First LDS Institute of Religion at Moscow, Idaho.” Here Wright provides a highlight of “key persons and events related to the beginnings of the Moscow Institute” in 1928.
Ronald G. Watt and Kenneth W. Godfrey’s “‘Old 42’: The British and European Mission Headquarters in Liverpool, England, 1855-1904” explains the importance of this historic site and pulls together a host of sources that document the no-longer-extant mission headquarters.
Roger P. Minert also has a historic site piece, “The Fate of the LDS East German Mission Home in World War II.” This article I did find fairly interesting. Utilizing journals and interviews, Minert outlines the role of the Mission home in the throes of World War II and does a good job brining the last days of the Russian advance on Germany to life as the Mission home falls to allied bombs. In the process, readers get a glimpse of life as a member of the Church in the German army and on the streets inside Germany during WWII.
Next comes Kyle Walker’s interview with Larry C. Porter. I haven’t read through all of this, but a quick glance shows family, school, and military service discussion as well as his entrance into the CES program, his dissertation as well as some remarkable finds (an 1830 Book of Mormon with an inscription from Joseph Smith in circulation at a local library in Broome County, New York, etc.), and much more. I’ll have to be sure to come back to this one.
Next, interestingly, is a short article by none other than President Thomas S. Monson, “Wilford C. Wood” given at a banquet May 28, 2009 at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building honoring the life and contributions of Wilford C. Wood. He gives a biographical sketch and a few stories about some of the historic sites that Wood helped acquire. He also shares some personal interactions with Wood.
Another offering from that memorial banquet is Kenneth R. Mays’ “A Man of Vision and Determination: A Photographic Essay and Tribute to Wilford C. Wood.” It features a number of interesting photos from the Wood family of historic church sites.
Kyle Walker has another contribution to this issue, a document, “A Letter from Missourian Josiah Hendrick During the Mormon-Missouri Conflict.” This interesting letter indicates that at least some Missourians interpreted the “Extermination Order” as a directive to “kill them or drive them from the state.” It also gives a small sketch of Mormons from a Missourian point of view saying that Mormons had been driven from Jackson County because of their boasting that they would convert them all or take their lands and that Joseph Smith was believed in as Jesus by them.
Our own Christopher Jones also has a document, “The Complete Record of the Nauvoo Library and Literary Institute.” Chris provides a summary of how the record has been used by scholars in the past and offers some new questions that the text may help answer.
Jed Woodworth reviews Terryl Givens’ People of Paradox. A generally good review, though pointing out some issues Givens might have engaged but does not.
Our own Matt Bowman reviews Reid Nielson and Terryl Givens’ Joseph Smith Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries. More on this soon.
Finally, Jed Rogers reviews William Allison and Susan Matt’s Dreams, Myths, and Reality: Utah and the American West. He writes, “Despite some essays that are refreshing and new, readers should not expect to find the latest in historical theory and interpretation…This volume is a rejoinder of the best of that scholarship [the New Western History], a reminder of how far we have come…”