The Church Historian’s Press just released a landmark book of documents all about the Relief Society, the women’s organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was organized in 1842 with high hopes for benevolent service and holiness, and it was suspended in 1844 in the midst of conflict and controversy. Thursday, March 17 marks the 174th anniversary of the founding of the Relief Society.
In part one of this special two-part interview with three of the volume’s editors, we talk about the origins of the Relief Society and the founding documents that helped ensure its lasting legacy. Their book is called The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in LDS Women’s History.
Introductory matter and other material from the book is currently available at churchhistorianspress.org.
Part two of this episode will be available on Thursday, March 17.
About the Guests
Jill Mulvay Derr is a retired senior research historian for the Church History Department.
Kate Holbrook is a specialist in women’s history at the Church History Department.
Matthew J. Grow is director of publications at the Church History Department.
Together with Carol Cornwall Madsen they edited The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in LDS Women’s History. (Photos courtesy of Steve Griffin, Salt Lake Tribune.)
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