The Society for Strang Studies
Chair - Bill Olson, Vice Chair - Vickie Speek,
Secretary - Rebecca Carlson, Treasurer - Constance Cappel
Issue No. 22
May 7, 2006
June is almost here and with it our Conference which is shaping up quite well. Following is the (we hope) final agenda as developed by your officers. We will be able to use the brand new Community Center building for one of our sessions. Unfortunately it is still under construction so we will have the balance of the sessions in the basement meeting room at the Emerald Isle Hotel. You may register there when attending the noon reception on the 16th. Just a note - all meals will be the responsibility of the attendees.
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"Big Man Dead!"
150 Years Since the Assassination of James J. Strang
June 16 - 18, 2006
to be held at:
Emerald Isle Hotel's conference room
and the new Community Center,
St. James, Beaver Island, MI
The tentative agenda:
Friday, June 16,
11:00 AM, Executive Board Meeting
Noon, Welcome reception, Dedication of Conference to John Baldwin (Place: EIH Conference Room)
1:00 - 2:20 PM, First paper MICHIGAN'S KING: JAMES JESSE STRANG, Theodore Sirotko An overview of Strang and his career.
2:40 - 4:00 PM, Second Paper THE CLASSICAL HERITAGE IN STRANG'S WRITINGS AND WORKS, John T Quinn
Historians of early Mormonism have emphasized the debt which the Western world's vision of ancient Egypt had in shaping Joseph Smith's imagination and milieu. This debt, however, was indirect, through such channels as alchemical practices and Freemasonry; Smith's formal education was scanty. The case of James Jesse Strang is very different. Like many other Americans in the early nineteenth century, Strang carefully educated himself, both in his general studies and his reading for the bar, in the Greco-Roman heritage of Western culture. This paper examines how Strang self-consciously drew on this heritage as he formed his own theocratic society within the American Midwest.
5.30 - 6:45 PM, Dinner.
7:00 PM, REENACTMENT of the assassination of James J. Strang. (Place - dock area)
8:30 PM, PLAY READING - SHADES OF BEAVER ISLAND by William Olson
10:00 PM, Bonfire and Storytelling.
Saturday, June 17
7:00 - 8:30 AM, Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 AM, Third Paper SUPERHIGHWAY TO PARADISE, STRANG’S ISLAND LINKS, William Olson A look at the mid-19th Century Great Lakes and the effect this "highway" had on Strang and his followers.
10:00~11:00 AM, Fourth Paper AN EYE FOR AN EYE AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH: CONFLICT BETWEEN THE STRANGITES AND GENTILES. Vickie Speek The Strangites said the Gentiles were to blame for problems on Beaver Island and cast them out. The Gentiles maintained the Strangites must be swept from the island because of their iniquities. Which group was right? Which was wrong? I propose that discrimination and persecution on the part of both groups contributed to the death of James J. Strang and the exile of the Strangite Mormons during the summer of 1856.
11:00~12:00 AM, Fifth Paper ODAWA LANGUAGE AND LEGENDS, Constance Cappel
The Odawa language is a unique and poetical language used by the inhabitants of Beaver Island when King Strang first arrived. Although an Ojibwe dictionary was written over one hundred years ago, until now no Odawa dictionary was available. Ray Kiogima, an Odawa elder from Harbor Springs, Michigan, has been working on an Odawa dictionary for twenty years. I have just edited and published, Odawa Language and Legends: Andrew J. Blackbird and Raymond Kiogima. I will be reading from this book.
Afternoon, Tours, Historical Society Open House at two museums, or at liberty
2:30 - 4:00 PM, Annual Society meeting
4:00 PM, VICKIE SPEEK will be available to sign copies of her new book,
GOD HAS MADE US A KINGDOM.
6:00 PM, Dinner
8:00 - 10:00 PM, (at the Community Center) Repeat of re-enactment, followed by KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Native American storyteller – Simon Otto
Sunday, June 18
7:00~8:30 AM breakfast