Speaker: Laurie Vertner

Missionaries to the Mormons: NOW’s ERA Missionary Project

In the summer of 1981, the National Organization for Women sent feminist “missionaries” to Utah to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment. This presentation tells this never-before-published story based on NOW’s institutional records from the Harvard Schlesinger Library. NOW was upset at the LDS Church’s participation against the ERA and recruited and trained women and …

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Mormonism and Masonry: Emerging Evidence

Clair Barrus will investigate how Joseph Smith’s treasure seeking changed direction in the 1820s in response to Masonic ideology, opening the way for the restoration of scripture. Cheryl Bruno will investigate the underlying objectives of Nauvoo Freemasonry, demonstrating their cross-purposes with the Grand Lodge. The dramatic clash of Mormons and Masons from New York to …

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