Comics & Mormons (gallery stroll)

Trevor Alvord

This gallery stroll will walk you through the 70-year history of Mormon interaction with the comic book medium; from Stories of the Book of Mormon published by the Church News in 1947 to iPlates: Pure Book of Mormon Awesomeness published in 2013 and everything in between. Attendees will not only become familiar with all the pieces in the exhibit but will also have the opportunity to examine many more comics not on display. Featured will be works from Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics along with artists such as Ric Estrada, Richard Comley, Jake Parker, Michael Allred and more.

Curious Remedies: Medicine During the Renaissance (gallery stroll)

Meg Frost

Bloodletting, bodysnatching, and barber-surgeons…a few reasons to tour the third floor exhibit on renaissance medicine. In this gallery stroll, participants will be given additional information about the books on display and those who authored them. It will also include a discussion of some of the more common illnesses of the period and how they were treated. Be prepared to leave feeling very glad you are living in the 21st century!

The Ashworth Collection:  Treasures and Stories From Six Decades

Brent Ashworth

At this year’s conference, Brent will highlight some of their favorites in the fields of LDS, American and World History, Politics, Religion, Crime and Law Enforcement, Science, Literature, Music, Business, Sports and Entertainment.  From William Bradford’s Calvin New Testament he brought to America on the Mayflower in 1620, an original fragment of the Book of Mormon manuscript (1829), the Joseph and Emma Smith Family Bible and the Prophet’s last Nauvoo Legion Order; Brigham Young’s Scrapbook (1846-1857) and 1871 (First Utah edition) of the Book of Mormon inscribed to him from the publisher George Q. Cannon; original plays from Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623), a handwritten poem of Emily Dickinson, a letter of Edgar Allan Poe written as editor of the Southern Literary Review asking for an article, a handwritten advertisement by Walt Whitman for his”Leaves of Grass”, a copy of the rare blue binding first edition of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”, found in Russia after the collapse of communism in 1993; a letter of Peter Tchaikovsky written from Paris, mentioning his performance opening Carnegie Hall in New York the following week; Puccini’s annotated copy of “Tosca”, Walt Disney’s original production contracts for many of his top creations, including “Fantasia”, “Snow White” and “Lady and the Tramp”; the first letter Audrey Hepburn wrote her family after surviving the underground in Holland during World War II, General George S. Patton’s “Toe Tag”, and the only signed copy to surface of the rare limited 1925 first edition first printing of Hitler’s Men Kampf,a handwritten letter of Nikola Tesla relating how he almost fried himself on one of his experiments, a rare handwritten letter of Oskar Schindler mentioning Auschwitz and “Butch” Cassidy’s last known letter written from Bolivia before he disappears in 1908, etc.

Mormon Mysteries

Laura Card

Participants will learn about why editors in New York ask, “What is it with Utah?” because Utah residents who have published nationally number in the hundreds. Most of them are LDS and many of them have published mysteries. There are also LDS authors outside of Utah who have published mysteries. Among LDS mystery writers, some write for adults, some write for young adults, and some for middle grade readers. Some write murder mysteries, some write cozy mysteries, some write mystery romance, and some write fantasy mysteries. Some have even received national recognition for their mysteries. So much to enjoy. So many to add to your reading list. So many to add to your collection.

Voyages of Discovery: Exploring the North American Continent

Gordon Daines

People have always wondered what is around the next corner. We have an insatiable curiosity to understand and demarcate our known universe. This particularly true in the United States. We sent Lewis and Clark into an unknown expanse in 1803, we sent Neil Armstrong to walk on the moon in 1969 and today we talk about sending men to Mars. In fact, you could say that exploration is one of our national hobbies. This session highlights some of the late eighteenth to mid-nineteenth century exploration literature in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Literature that helped our ancestors begin to understand the continent on which they lived.

Sherlock and his Siblings: Collecting Late Victorian and Edwardian Mysteries

Maggie Kopp

Everyone has heard of Sherlock Holmes. But do you know Martin Hewitt, Investigator? As a genre, mystery fiction surged in popularity in the late 1880s, with fictional detectives of the private, police, and armchair variety all vying for readership. This session will look at collecting Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous character and introduce you to a variety of detective fiction published from 1887-1914—Sherlock’s brothers and sisters.

Take the Train for East Aurory, Where We Work for Art and Glory: The Arts and Crafts Movement in America

Bob Maxwell and Russ Taylor

Join us as we continue to explore the impact of William Morris’ Arts and Crafts movement. This year, we will examine how this British crusade against the evils of industrialization crossed the Atlantic to influence Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters in New York – and ultimately dozens of American fine printers. Using numerous examples from the Perry Special Collections, we’ll look at the impact of this movement on modern fine printing in the United States.

Tales of a Mormon Book Collector: What I’ve Learned in 30 Years of Book Collecting

Reid Moon

During his presentation Moon will share insights on how to improve or start your book collection. This presentation will benefit both the beginner and expert. As part of his presentation Reid Moon will show what he calls the “holy grails” of Mormon book collecting–books, documents and artifacts that once belonged to prominent figures in early Mormon history, such as, Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Newel K. Whitney and others.   A collection of “authentic” Mark Hofmann forgeries will also be on display. This presentation is not to be missed!

No mere temporary structure: Ephemera and the 1893 Salt Lake Temple Dedication

Greg Seppi

When the Salt Lake Temple was finished in 1893, forty years had passed since its groundbreaking and site dedication. Perhaps the most distinctly “Mormon” building ever constructed, the Salt Lake Temple’s completion was a watershed event in the history of the West. Its completion was marked by a public open house and 19-day run of dedication ceremonies that included special sessions for children and youth. Many thousands of Latter-day Saints made lengthy trips to attend the dedication sessions. For local Salt Lake City businesses that would feed and house these tourists, and the railroad lines that would transport them, this was an incredible moneymaking opportunity. Moreover, the temple’s dedication was covered in national and international newspapers, providing an enormous PR windfall at a time when the Church was still under intense scrutiny for its polygamous underground.

Pamphlets, newspapers, and other materials of the Salt Lake Temple dedication give us a window into LDS life and culture in the late 19th century that no other sources can duplicate. As the field of “tourist history” continues to grow in significance, Salt Lake Temple ephemera also helps us understand the broader socioeconomic trends of the American West in the 1890s. As an area for book collectors to explore, the Salt Lake Temple dedication can also be fruitful. For example, each dedication session attendee was given a ticket, signed in facsimile type by Wilford Woodruff, the president of the LDS Church. With 31 different session tickets to collect in addition to a host of Union Pacific and local business ephemera, the Salt Lake Temple constitutes a broad and intriguing collecting area.