Category Archives: Personal

The Place of Theater Re-Creations in Museums


I would like to call your attention to an article by Susan Evans, “Personal Beliefs and National Stories: Theater in Museums as a Tool for Exploring Historical Memory.” Just published paper in April 2013 issue of Curator: The Museum Journal. This is … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Past Imperfect”


Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud—American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin. By Peter Charles Hoffer. New York: Public Affairs, 2004. In many ways this is a fascinating work. Past Imperfect: Facts, Fictions, Fraud—American History from … Continue reading

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Is There a Spaceplane Revolution in Our Future?


During the Reagan administration of the early 1980s, senior government officials began to discuss the possibility of developing an “Orient Express,” a hybrid air and spaceplane that could carry ordinary people between New York City and Tokyo in about one … Continue reading

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In Remembrance: Molly Macauley


I was both shocked and saddened to learn over this last weekend that Molly K. Macauley, whom I worked with many times over the years, was murdered while walking her dogs in Roland Park in Baltimore, Maryland, on the night … Continue reading

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The Earth as Art


This is so cool! You may view in this stunning video the Earth through the eyes of the Landsat-7 satellite. At a sublime level these images are art, showing the beauty of the Earth from space. If we got nothing … Continue reading

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Zion in Mormon History: An American Promised Land


Mormonism’s self-identification as a modern replacement for ancient Israel mandated the quest for Zion as a literal place. The establishment of what the Saints called Zion had been the most persistent goal of the early Mormon movement. The early Latter-day … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Gospel According to Lost”


The Gospel According to Lost. By Chris Seay. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2009. My father used to say when he was unimpressed by some observation that it represented “a remarkable grasp of the obvious.” That is how I felt when … Continue reading

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Mormon Nauvoo in the Context of Post-Colonial Studies


To an extent underappreciated by historians, the Mormon experience in Nauvoo between 1839 and 1846 represents an expression of colonialism and its antithesis. The field of post-colonial studies has been gaining prominence since the 1970s. While historians and others debate the … Continue reading

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The Three Spheres of Individual Memory


One of the great debates raging in the United States at present is over differing perspectives on the past, and those perspectives drive perceptions of the present and then, in turn relate to how we deal with issues currently facing … Continue reading

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The Esoteric Mormon Doctrine of Baptism for the Dead


Many have all wondered about it in Washington, D.C., at one time or another while driving around the Beltway and see the Mormon Temple rising before us like the Emerald City out of Oz. What do the Mormons do in there? … Continue reading

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