Sunday, October 01, 2006


=09=09=09Women's History Initiative

With the disbanding of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute on
September 1, 2005, many have asked what would become of the Women's
History Initiative. We are happy to report that the Initiative still
exists in a somewhat scaled-down form. Team members Jill Mulvay Derr,
Connie Lamb, Cherry Silver, and Sheree Bench continue to meet to
strategize and coordinate research projects that focus on Mormon
women. Historian Carol Cornwall Madsen has moved to an advisory role
as she completes the second installment of her biography on Emmeline
B. Wells, which focuses on Wells's private life.
The Mormon Women's History Initiative office is now located in 1835
Harold B. Lee Library. You will find Cherry Silver and Sheree Bench
there on most Mondays as they continue their work on the Emmeline
Wells diaries.

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The year 2004 was a remarkable year for the Women's History Initiative
of the Joseph =09=09=09Fielding Smith Institute for LDS History. The
Women's History Initiative team coordinated several =09=09=09events
focusing on Mormon women, including an exhibition, a lecture series, a
dramatic production, =09=09=09and a scholarly seminar. The year was capped
off with the inauguration of a Mormon women's history =09=09=09class at
BYU, which was team-taught by Jill Mulvay Derr and Sheree Maxwell

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