09/16/2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
J. Willard Marriott Library
295 1500 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84112
“Diaries Chronicle Stormy Tenure of LDS Church Historian”
In 1972 LDS Church leadership made an unprecedented move and called a well-respected academic to the position of Church Historian. Fifty-five-year-old Leonard J. Arrington, who held a PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, had already published over 170 articles and in 1958, and the highly-praised book, Great Basin Kingdom. Signature Books has just released Arrington’s complete record of his years at church headquarters and beyond, in Confessions of a Mormon Historian: The Diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971–1997.
Gary James Bergera is managing director of the Smith-Pettit Foundation and company director of Signature Books, both in Salt Lake City. He is author, co-author or editor of numerous publications including The Nauvoo Endowment Companies: A Documentary History, 1845-1846. His publications have received awards from the Dialogue Foundation, the Mormon History Association, and the Utah Historical Society. Gary received the 2018 Leonard J. Arrington Award from the Mormon History Association.