The First Fifty Years of Relief Society
(Plus Insights Into Important New Work in Mormon Women’s History)
DATE: September 9 (Fullerton) and September 10 (La Canada – Flintridge).
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
We are honored to have as our September 2016 Miller Eccles speaker, Dr. Kate Holbrook, a specialist in women’s history at The Church History Department and a principal editor of the groundbreaking new publication, The First Fifty Years of Relief Society, published by The Church Historian’s Press.
THE TOPIC: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich called The First Fifty Years of Relief Society “the most important work to emerge from the Mormon press in the last fifty years.” Dr. Holbrook’s presentation explains why this world-famous historian used such superlatives, exploring the origins and contents of this significant publication as well as the dramatic new work being done on women’s history by experts at the Church History department.
This collection of original documents explores the largely unknown nineteenth-century history of the Relief Society, the women’s organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The substantial minutes of the organization’s proceedings from 1842 to 1844, published unabridged for the first time, document the women’s priorities, contributions, and teachings. The Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book also contains six sermons Joseph Smith delivered to the society, the only recorded words he directed exclusively to the women of the church.
THE SPEAKER: Kate Holbrook is managing historian for the women’s history team at the LDS Church History Department. She is coeditor of The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History (Church Historians Press, 2016), Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (University of Utah Press, 2016), and Global Values 101 (Beacon Press, 2006). Her dissertation, Radical Food: Nation of Islam and Latter-day Saint Culinary Ideals: 1930-1980 (Boston University, 2014) explores the everyday theological priorities carried in food. She received the first Eccles Fellowship in Mormon Studies at the University of Utah for that work. She recently taught her husband to cook, and has been regretting it ever since.
Dr. Holbrook earned a BA degree from Brigham Young University in English Language and Literature/Letters and Russian Literature, an MA degree in World Religion from the Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in Religion and Society from Boston University.
Kate, her husband Sam Brown, and their three daughters enjoy neighborhood walks, especially when they run into their neighbors.
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