Happy Christmas and New Year to All

May the holidays be pleasant and meaningful and the Christ find place in your homes and hearts. See you in January.

Those Ad Men

Lately I’ve been reading the Deseret News and that has reminded me again of the fun advertisements you find in old newsprint. One of my favorites is from the Exponent around 1890 or so. The ad proposes the benefits of “taking” a spoonful of sodium hypochlorite at bed time. You get a cleansed palate and sweet stomach. No morning breath there! Sodium hypochlorite goes by a different name in your pantry now. Bleach. Yum.

This next is not an ad, but it appears with the DNews ads in 1857:

In this city, of influenza, October 2, TAMSON VILATE, daughter of Phillip and Elizabeth Margetts, aged 10 days.

“Dearest sister, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But ’tis God that has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.”

The Providence of God is a view many Latter-day Saints share without much examination. The sisterhood thing is also very interesting.[1]

A lot of the early DNews “ads” were lost and found stuff but here’s an interesting one that is not:

JOHN H. PICKNELL is always on hand at C. Taylor’s slaughter house to kill beeves for $1 per head, and will pay a good price for hides.
N.B. Tripe and cow heels always on hand.

A possible Christmas gift guys! Cow heels for your sweetheart.
[1] The words are frequently quoted in Protestant death notices in the 19th century. They come from a hymn by L. Mason usually under the title “Death of a Schoolmate.”

Association for Documentary Editing 2012 Summer Institute

Institute for Editing Historical Documents

The 2012 Summer Institute for Editing Historical Documents will be held 5–9 August at the Omni Hotel in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Institute will be funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through a grant to the Association for Documentary Editing.
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The Riches of Parley Parker Pratt

Franklin Thomas Pomeroy[1] an LDS missionary to the Southern States in the 1890s encountered one John A. Peel. Peel was an eyewitness to the death of Parley Parker Pratt. It’s this fortuitous encounter that led to the present account of Parley’s last words found in the “Journal History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” It’s interesting things like this that you’ll find in two new books on LDS Apostle Parley P. Pratt.
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Lived Religion – Lived History

I’ve been hearing the words “lived religion” a lot for the last couple of years or so and it brings something interesting and valuable to that table. The table of religious studies and religious history. But it’s not a new idea. Today in particular I think of the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the crack in the world that started there and still echoes through our lives, though many of us do not feel it.

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Call for papers: ADE.

The Association for Documentary Editing invites proposals for papers, roundtables, and/or panels for the organization’s 34th annual meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia, 9-11 August 2012. See http://documentaryediting.org/meeting/index.html.

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The Mormon Naturalist

[Cross posted at BCC.]

No this isn’t a post about Steve Peck, much as I think that would be fun. Instead, its in the vein I’ve been sort of mining lately. I hesitate to use the tired “Mormonism and Science” title, but what the heck. Why not?
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History and Documentary Editing – Urgent

For those of you into Mormon history, documentary editing projects, etc. I encourage you to click the link and get involved. In my opinion it’s a worthy cause. Protecting the relatively small dollar amounts devoted to editing projects like the George Washington papers and history in the schools in this time of state and federal belt-tightening is worth it, and doesn’t impact that goal. Keeping these small projects underway is vital for many reasons and the practice of making such things into scapegoats by a chicken congress (excuse my French) is par for the course. Give them a little backbone.