The Society for Strang Studies
Issue No. 18
June 30, 2005
Notice the new masthead. That's our new name up there and those of us at the conference discussed many possibilities (including "Association for Strang Studies" but decided the acronym would not be appropriate).
The weather for the conference was great. Not too hot, not too cool and no bugs to speak of. The sessions were excellent. The only problem was time - we didn't have enough to do the reading from Anne-Marie's play. Some of us have seen it and some of us have read it. It is very well done in this person's opinion (and I know others join me in that opinion).
Please note that dues are due as indicated below (just above the pictures).
I hope that you all will be able to attend next June's conference. It looks like a real winner.
THE SOCIETY FOR STRANG STUDIES (SSS)
JUNE 17, 18 AND 19, 2005
EMERALD ISLE HOTEL
ST. JAMES, BEAVER ISLAND, MI
Attendees: John Baldwin, Constance Cappel, Bill Cashman, Jerry Gorden, Bill Olson (Chair) John Quist, Larry Robinson, Vickie Speek
Guest: John Rumberg, President of the Beaver Island Historical Society
The opening session, " Reading from work or work in progress," on Friday, June 17, 2005 was called to order by Bill Olson at 7:30 PM.
1. Olson read from his new book. (Work in progress.)
2. Speek read from her soon to be published book "God Has Made Us A Kingdom: James Strang and the Midwest Mormons." Book 2, Chapter 2.
3. Discussion followed.
4. The session adjourned at 10:00 PM.
The morning session #1 "Discussion of our group's Mission Statement and organization including committees," on Saturday, June 18, 2005 was called to order by Olson at 8:41 AM.
1. Discussion continued throughout the session. Mission Statement, officers and committee membership was finalized in the evening session.
2. The session adjourned at 10:00 AM.
The morning session #2 "EIRT (Emerald Isle Repertory Theatre) Meeting" began at approximately 11:00 AM. Baldwin met with artistic director Kyle Barnette of the EIRT to discuss the possibility of producing Baldwin's play "Strang! King of All the Nation" during the 2006 SSS Conference and Annual Meeting. Because of production difficulties a reading of the play as a "Special Event" was suggested. Attendees then toured the Christian Brothers Retreat as a place where the 2006 Conference and Annual Meeting might be held. The session was then adjourned for lunch.
The afternoon session #1 consisted of attending the Beaver Island Historical Society's open house.
The afternoon session #2 "Strang book discussion" was called to order at 3:00 PM. Cappel read from her book "The Odawa at L'Abre Couche: Before and After the Small Pox Bio-Terrorism." Discussion followed. The session was adjourned at 5:00 PM with the decision not to read from Anne-Marie Oomen's play "Wives of an American King" because of time constraints at the evening session.
The evening session "Work on Conference Plans for 2006 - The Sesquicentennial of Strang being shot 6/16/56 - 6/16/06" and "Some brief remarks by Bill Cashman" was called to order at approximately 7:30 PM.
Bill Cashman suggested the creation of a book with chapters written by various authors about people living on Beaver Island under the rule of King Strang or another book on "Strangism" written in the same manner. BIHS could fund it and profits could be shared.
The society's Mission Statement and organization including committees was developed as follows:
The Society for Strang Studies (SfSS)
The mission of the Society for Strang Studies is to promote scholarly research and to stimulate and facilitate interest in James Jesse Strang and Strangite Mormonism.
1. The name of the organization shall be The Society for Strang Studies.
2. The purpose of the Society is to provide a forum to discuss J. J. Strang and Strangite Mormonism from a wide range of interests and disciplines. This includes the following:
a. To make Beaver Island a center for Strang and Strangite Mormonism studies.
b. To provide fellowships for Strang and Strangite Mormonism writers.
c. To promote events related to Strang and Strangite Mormonism.
d. To obtain grants to provide funding for the above.
3. Membership is granted upon request and payment of annual dues.
4. Dues for members shall be set by majority vote at the Annual Meeting. Dues for 2005-06 are set at $10.00 per member.
5. Officers to be elected by majority vote at the Annual Meeting are as follows:
a. The Chair (One Year Term) shall preside at all Annual Meetings and shall be responsible for conducting the daily operations of the Society. The Chair may appoint such committees as are deemed necessary to carry out the business of the Society, with the advice and consent of the membership. The Chair shall report to the membership at each Annual Meeting regarding the previous year's business and operations, including the current number of Active Members. As Past Chair the Chair will serve a second year on the executive board and help with the Annual Meeting.
b. The Vice Chair (One-year term) shall preside in the absence of the Chair at any scheduled meeting and shall perform the Chair's duties in the event of his/her absence or incapacity. The Vice Chair will become Chair after serving one year as Vice Chair. The Vice Chair will be responsible for the planning and execution of the Annual Meeting and Conference.
c. The Secretary (Two-year term) shall be responsible for keeping accurate minutes of all meetings, shall be responsible for all official Society correspondence and be responsible for maintaining an accurate list of addresses of all members.
d. The Treasurer (Two year term) shall be responsible for the care and custody of all finances of the Society, shall set up appropriate accounts in financial institutions, shall sign all checks for payment of Society obligations and shall make written annual reports of the financial condition of the Society. In the absence of the Treasurer, the Chair may sign all checks for payment of Society obligations.
6. An Annual Meeting will be held.
7. A newsletter shall be published quarterly or more frequently as needed. It shall be distributed either by e-mail or USPS.
8. Relations with other organizations. The Society will operate under the umbrella of 501-C3 tax status of the Beaver Island Historical Society if possible.
Baldwin moved the adoption of the above Mission and Organization Statement. Gorden seconded. Passed unanimously.
Election of Officers by acclamation.
Chair - Bill Olson
Vice Chair - Vickie Speek
Secretary - John Baldwin
Treasurer - Constance Cappel
The 2006 Conference
Discussion of plans for the 2006 Conference and Annual Meeting followed with the tentative decisions listed below.
1. The name of the conference will be "Big Man Dead!" 150 Years Since the Assassination of James J. Strang.
2. The dates of the conference will be June 16 - 18, 2006.
3. The place of the conference will be The Christian Brothers Retreat, St. James, Beaver Island, MI.
4. The tentative agenda of the conference will be as follows: (Agenda needs to be finalized by May 15, 2006.)
Thurs. June 15, 7:30 PM Executive Board Meeting.
Friday, June 16, Noon, Welcome reception.
1:00 - 2:20 PM, First papers. (Two sessions.) (Moderators will be need for each session through the conference.)
2:40 - 4:00 PM, Second Papers. (Two sessions.)
5:00 PM, Reenactment of the assassination of James J. Strang. (Place TBA.) (Cashman has permission by the property owner to use the land where Strang was actually shot.)
7:00 PM, Dinner. (Fish or Lasagna.)
8:30 PM, Keynote speaker.
10:00 PM, Bonfire and Storytelling.
Saturday, June 17 7:00 - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast.
9:00 - 10:20 AM, Papers 3 - 6. (Four sessions.)
10:40 - Noon, Papers 7 -10. (Four sessions.)
Noon, Buffet luncheon.
Afternoon, Tours or at liberty or attend Annual Society meeting 2:30 - 4:00 PM.
6:00 PM, Dinner. (Spaghetti, fish or steak.)
8:00 - 10:00 PM, Attend play, Strang! King of all the Nation. (Place TBA.)
Sunday, June 18 adjournment.
The Conference Fee will be based on the following costs: Registration fee; play ticket; lodging option; meals served during the conference (Prices for catering to be gotten from the Stoney Acres Grill;) tours selected.
Committees for the Conference were suggested as follows:
Beaver Island and BIHS Liaison Committee: Bill Cashman, Chair; Larry Robinson, Jeff Cashman (Web Master) members. Jeff Cashman has accepted the position of Web Master.
Play Production and Reenactment Committee: John Baldwin, Chair; Bill Cashman member. (Cashman will contact the Beaver Island Community Players to solicit their participation.)
Program Committee: Vickie Speek, Chair; Constance Cappel; Jerry Gorden; Bill Olson members. Cashman will do brochure.
Committee to read papers: Vickie Speek, Chair; John Quist, Jerry Gorden, members.
Call for Papers: ASAP. Cashman will do a brochure describing how to get to Beaver Island and listing services and recreational options. Deadline for submission is Feb. 3, 2006. Paper presentation will be 20 minutes in length. Papers will be copied for publication.
Connie Cappel (Treasurer) reports we now have 6 dues paying members; John Baldwin, Bill Cashman, Jerry Gorden, Bill Olson, Larry Robinson, and Vickie Speek.
The 2005 Conference adjourned at 10:00 PM
Respectfully submitted, John Baldwin, Secretary
Newsletter #23, part 2
Checks in amount of $10.00 should be made out to "SSS" and sent to Connie Cappel at:
Constance Cappel; 524 Pine Street; Harbor Springs, MI 49740
The Christian Brothers Retreat
The site of the murder of JJ Strang