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Special Church Historian’s Press symposium to highlight women, religion, and records

Eliza R. Snow (right), second Relief Society general president; Elizabeth Ann Whitney (left); Emmeline B. Wells (standing, rear), fifth Relief Society general president. Photograph by Charles R. Savage. (PH 892, Church History Library, Salt Lake City.)

On Saturday, February 25, 2022, the Church Historian’s Press will be hosting a unique one-day symposium on women, religion, and records. According to their website, the symposium is sponsored by the Church History Department and will celebrate the recent release and publication of records that uniquely showcase Latter-day Saint women's experiences. These remarkable new publications include sermons, Relief Society records, minutes of the Relief Society general board, and the discourses and diaries, respectively, of Relief Society past presidents Eliza R. Snow and Emmeline B. Wells.

You can register online and learn more about this special event on the Church Historian’s Press website.

Scholars from all over the country have been invited to share their historical expertise on various records highlighting women’s religious experiences over the last 300 years, including the unique experiences of Quaker, Hindu, Jewish, and Latter-day Saint women. See the full symposium agenda with all the speakers and topics here.

Panelists will include Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (Harvard University), Ann Braude (Harvard University), Emily Clark (Tulane University), Judith Rosenbaum (Jewish Women’s Archive), Elora Shehabuddin (UC Berkeley), Neelima Shukla-Bhatt (Wellesley College), Ula Y. Taylor (UC Berkeley), and Jill Mulvay Derr, Elizabeth Kuehn, Jennifer Reeder, and Lisa Olsen Tait of the Church History Department.

The event is free but space is limited so registration is required. The in-person event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Little Theater in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City, but the event will also be live-streamed for attendees who wish to participate virtually from anywhere around the world. You can register for the in-person event or sign up for a virtual ticket here.

The symposium will also highlight the work of the late Dr. Kate Holbrook, who conceived of the theme of this symposium and invited each of the participants before passing away of cancer last year. You can read more about Dr. Kate Holbrook’s lasting impact on members of the LDS Living team here and hear her interview on the All In podcast from 2021 in the player below.

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