The Society for Strang Studies
Chair - Bill Olson, Vice Chair - Vickie Speek,
Secretary - John Baldwin, Treasurer - Constance Cappel
Issue No. 19
October 27, 2005
So, summer is over, schools are back in full swing and our thoughts turn toward -- Beaver Island, June 16, 2006. Vickie has issued the call for papers and we have already received some response. We hope that some of you will also consider responding to this call.
At our last conference we had hoped to induce the Beaver Island Community Players to stage John Baldwin's play, but they declined, saying it was too complicated. We are currently considering how best to fill the Saturday evening void, possibly with a staged reading of this play or with some other performance.
I have included a recent e-mail from Vickie which indicates that interest is already building for the conference.
At the end of this newsletter is the "Notice for Membership Dues." Please send your check to Connie.
October 3, 2005
John Hamer, one of our Strang Gang members produced the program for last weekend's John Whitmer Historical Association and included the flyer in the program. He is also planning to include the information in the JWHA newsletter.
I attended the JWHA conference (just got back in fact) and was inundated with people who had seen the notice and wanted information about the conference. There is a great deal of interest among the Mormons and the Community of Christ (RLDS). I also met the director of the historical museum in Chautauqua, New York, where Strang grew up. He was very interested and said he would get the message out to people in his organization. He also said his organization has Strang's death mask and they might be able to bring it to Beaver Island for the conference. I talked to about 10 people who definitely plan to attend the conference on BI and will be bringing their families. A couple of people said they would consider writing paper proposals. So, my recommendation for Strang Gang members is to get your hotel and ferry reservations as soon as possible.
Also, if SfSS members could make copies of the flyer and send them to their local universities, historical associations, etc., it would really be appreciated. The more notice we get out there, the better and bigger the conference will be.
Following is Vickie's call for papers for our conference:
“Big Man Dead!”
150 Years Since the Assassination of James J. Strang
Call for Papers and Projects
As James J. Strang, the originator of the Strangite Mormon Church, lay mortally wounded on the dock at St. James, Beaver Island on June 16, 1856, Native Americans who witnessed the shooting jumped into their canoes and paddled to neighboring islands to spread the news. "Big Man Dead!" they announced. Although they were mistaken, since Strang did not die for another three weeks, the message sent shock waves throughout northern Michigan.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the shooting of James Strang, the Society for Strang Studies in conjunction with the Beaver Island Historical Society, will host a conference to be held June 16 - 18, 2006 in St. James, Beaver Island, Michigan.
Conference plans include information sessions, a re-enactment of the shooting of James Strang and a play recounting his life. Those attending will also have the opportunity to enjoy hiking, boating and other recreational activities on this beautiful Lake Michigan island. St. James can be reached by ferry or commuter plane from Charlevoix, Michigan, 35 miles away.
Papers and projects relating to all aspects of Strangism and the effect the religion had on surrounding communities are being sought for presentation during the conference. Interested persons should send a one-page outline of the proposed paper or project to Vickie Speek at vickie_speekyahoo.com. Submissions may also be mailed to the Beaver Island Historical Society, Box 254, Beaver Island, MI 49782. Requests for information concerning the conference may be obtained from Bill Olson at wolsonitol.com or Bill Cashman at wcashmanbeaverisland.net.
Presentations should be 20 minutes in length and may be included in a post-conference publication. Deadline for proposals is Feb. 3, 2006.
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.
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.
Notice of membership dues
Checks in amount of $10.00 should be made out to "SfSS" and sent to Connie Cappel at:
524 Pine Street
Harbor Springs, MI 49740