Hot off the press from Dr. Theodore N. Levterov, the Branch Office Director, is his first book: The Development of the Seventh-day Adventist Understanding of Ellen G. White’s Prophetic Gift: 1844-1889. The study is a publication of his dissertation, and it explores the process through which the early Seventh-day Adventists came to accept the prophetic gift of Ellen White. The analysis offers important historical context for those within and without the denomination who are seeking to better understand the prophetic claims of Mrs. White. The volume is published by Peter Lang Publishing and is available by clicking this link.
For more than 100 years, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has been conducting camp meetings. These formal meetings, held annually, are spiritual renewal gatherings for members of the church and their guests. The conference in each division plans a ten-day or weekend camp meeting filled with seminars and sermons that teach biblical principles, healthier lifestyles by practical living principles and more.
Planning a camp meeting has never been an easy task for those involved, and the 1876 camp meeting in Groveland, Massachusetts would be no exception. The camp site was located in a grove of oak and pines trees. Train tracks from the Boston and Maine railroad ran along one side of the grove. There was also a river nearby with the possibility of bringing visitors to the meeting. Elder Stephen N. Haskell [1833 – 1922] did not see transportation as a problem, but as an opportunity for the railroad to be hospitable to the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist.
As time grew near, Elder Haskell made a list of special favors, which included free fare to and from the camp meeting. He hoped to get the railroad company to do these favors for the benefit of the meeting. Accompanying Haskell was minister, Asa T. Robinson [1850 – 1949]. The two men went to go see Mr. Ferber, president of the railroad company.
The list was given to Mr. Ferber and he later took it to his manager. “Gentleman, why don’t you ask for the world?” said the manager when he met with Haskell and Robinson. Joking Haskell responded, “Oh, we thought we would be a little modest.” At the end of the meeting the two men were granted use of the railroads during the conference. Shown below is the ticket that granted free return trip passage on the Boston and Maine R.R., signed by S. N. Haskell.
Ellen G. White made an appearance at the Groveland camp meeting on Sunday morning of August 27, 1876. She spoke on the subject of Christian temperance to the 20,000 in attendance. Eighteen trains ran each day, and each train was packed with camp attendees. The platform and steps were so full that the conductor had to climb on the roof in order to signal the engineer. The conductor reported that it would have taken twenty-five railroad cars to carry all the people who were waiting for a ride at the depot to the campground.
To help mark the centennial of Ellen G. White’s death, on Monday, February 02, 2015, the White Estate Branch Office, the Heritage Research Center, and the Loma Linda University School of Religion will sponsor a conference for pastors in the Southern and Southeastern California conferences entitled Ellen White and Inspiration. The conference will run from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, and it will be held in the Chen Fong Conference room (the 4th floor) of the Centennial Complex of Loma Linda University.
The presenters will be Dr. Alberto Timm, Associate Director of the Ellen G. White Estate, and Stanley Hickerson, Annotation Project Editor for the Ellen G. White Estate. Spouses, students, and members of the community are welcome to attend.
Because this topic continues to be a hotly debated issue within the Seventh-day Adventist church today, this timely conference will be an invaluable resource for professional enrichment and for nurturing congregational life. So mark your calendars and please join us for this special, full-day event!
Open parking and free lunch will be provided to all pastors in attendance. An optional tour of the Heritage Research Center will also be available following the question-and-answer session. For more details, see the event program below.
Smithsonian Magazine has named Seventh-day Adventist co-founder and author Ellen G. White among the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time. “It is good to see an institution of Smithsonian’s caliber giving proper acknowledgement to Ellen White,” said William Fagal, associate director of the Ellen G. White Estate. Ellen G. White shares the spot with other religious leaders including Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism; Anne Hutchinson, Puritan spiritual adviser and Lafayette Ronald Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology. Other categories include Presidents and First Ladies, Artists and Pop Icons, Trail blazers and Outlaws and Empire Builders.
Smithsonian’s list is based on the work of computer scientists Steven Skiena and Charles B. Ward, who analyzed massive troves of historical reputation data that derives from the English-language Wikipedia (which hosts over 840,000 pages devoted to individuals from all times and places) and from the more than 15 million books Google has scanned.
To view the Smithsonian’s 100 Most Significant Americans list, visit:
and to read an editorial about the list finding, visit Adventist Review online:
Recently, genealogy researcher, Jacqueline Leslie Trott-Bally, discover a candid photograph of Ellen G. White in the personal documents of her great-grandfather Dr. Leslie Trott. Dr. Trott was a prominent physician who died in 1966. The photograph, taken 1905, show Ellen White walking outdoors with her son Willie White and his wife, May. The photograph is the first new picture of Ellen White to turn up in decades. Only about 50 photographs of White are known to exist. It is unclear who took the photograph, but a likely candidate is the original owner, Harriet “Hattie” Allee Trott. Harriet, who worked as a registrar at the College of Medical Evangelists (now Loma Linda University) was an avid photographer. She later married Dr. Leslie Trott in 1921. Ms. Trott-Bally graciously donated the rare photograph to the Department of Archives and Special Collections at Loma Linda University on November 25, 2014. Pictured above is University Archivist and Chair of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Lori N. Curtis, and her Assistant, Michael Olivarez with the photograph. The department plans to display the photograph in their vault, which can be viewed when researchers visit the Library or the White Estate branch office. The department would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Ms. Trott-Bally for her donation. Our collections have been enriched tremendously over the years through the generosity of individuals such as Ms. Trott-Bally.
Recently, I was invited to a Thanksgiving themed potluck by some former colleagues of mine over at the San Bernardino Public Library. For those of you who don’t know, ten years prior to my arrival here at the Department of Archives and Special Collections, I was employed as Assistant to the Library Computer Lab Coordinator. Quite an interesting job change when you think about it. Regardless, I thought it would be exciting to prepare a delicious vegetarian dish for all my friends to enjoy. I searched our catalogue, hoping to find a cookbook that provided easy-to-follow directions, but instead came across this Thanksgiving dinner menu from the Loma Linda Sanitarium c1938. This got me thinking about all the interesting acquisitions we have available on our online digital archive. I encourage all our friends out there to visit our digital archive today and see what you can discover!
Visit: http://archives.llu.edu to view collections of our archival material, which includes; historical publications, photographs and documents relating to Loma Linda University and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The saying “A picture is worth a thousand words” refers to the notion that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single still image. It also properly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely making it possible to absorb large amounts of data quickly. Recently, a photograph of Ellen G. White was discovered in the personal effects of Leslie Trott, a prominent ear, nose and throat doctor. Scholars and people alike were thrilled because it provided a rare glimpse into the everyday life of Ellen G. White. Retired Adventist Historian, Ronald Graybill provided a fascinating exposé on what we might have missed in the recently discovered photo. Check out the link below to read more.
A candid photograph of Ellen G. White recently surface among the personal documents of Leslie Trott, a physician who died in California in 1966. The rare photograph, shows Ellen walking near a tent with her son, William C. White and his wife, May White in 1905. Archivist, Tim Poirier from the White Estate, researched the photograph and trace the location to Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. Just one day after being released on the General Conference Archives Facebook page, the photograph received 280 “likes” and 255 shares! Only about 50 photos of White are known to exist and most of them were taken in a studio or other formal setting.
For more information on this story, click the link to visit Adventist Review Online: http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/previously-unknown-photo-of-ellen-white-found
The Ellen G. White Estate has voted to make Adventist Heritage Ministry a more integral part of its operations. AHM’s four historic sites had previously been run entirely by volunteers, so the new change will enable it to employ a full-time executive director, who will also serve as an associate director of the White Estate. The four sites under the direction of Adventist Heritage Ministry are William Miller’s farm in Whitehall, New York; Hiram Edson’s farm in Clifton Springs, New York; Joseph Bates’ childhood home in Fairhaven, Massachusetts; and the Historic Adventist Village in Battle Creek, Michigan, which is comprised of the home of James and Ellen White, the Second Meeting House, the Parkville Church, and a 19th century schoolhouse. The Adventist Heritage Ministry will continue to serve its approximately 12,000 annual visitors as both an evangelistic tool and a reminder of Adventism’s roots.
For more details and in-depth coverage of this story, click the link to Adventist Review Online: http://www.adventistreview.org/church-news/ellen-white-estate-votes-for-heritage-evangelism
For more information about the heritage sites and for tour schedules, click here: http://www.adventistheritage.org/
The faculty of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University has issued a major document on headship theology. The statement, which was released on August 21, 2014, is grounded in a careful study of scripture and the writings of Ellen White. It affirms that there is only one head of the Church—Christ—and it therefore rejects any claim to headship in the church by any human leader as an attempt to usurp Christ’s leadership. The seminary faculty hope that this statement will become a unifying influence in the church.
To read the full statement, visit : http://www.andrews.edu/sem/unique_headship_of_christ_final.pdf