Seventh-day Adventists believe church co-founder Ellen G. White was inspired by God as a prophet, today understood as a manifestation of the New Testament “gift of prophecy”, as described in the official beliefs of the church.
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.
Ellen White and Inspiration program
A two page spread on Ellen G. White can be found in the Spring 2014 issue of the Smithsonian
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:
University Archivist and Chair of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Lori N. Curtis, and her Assistant, Michael Olivarez holding the newly discover photograph
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.
Thanksgiving dinner menu, 1938. Menu is printed on separate sheet of paper affixed to inside of card-stock folder.
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.
Ellen G. White walking near a tent with her son William C. White and his wife, May White, in 1905. Courtesy of Jacqueline Leslie Trott-Bally via Ron Graybill
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
A view of the boyhood home of Adventist pioneer Joseph Bates in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in 1889. Credit: AHM
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
Just a peak at the Olsen Family Photograph Album
The Olsen Family Photograph Album was acquired by the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loma Linda University Library, in December of 2013 from Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City, Utah. The staff member there who began researching the album, hoped that there was a connection between Uriah Smith, whose photograph was in the album, and Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church. When his research revealed that Uriah Smith was not Mormon, but an important name in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist church, the album was offered to Loma Linda University for its Seventh-day Adventist historical collection. I was fortunate to have recently met the gentleman at an antiquarian book fair, and was pleased that he remembered me, Loma Linda University, and our Adventist history collections. The album is a perfect fit with our Adventist historical collections, which include other Olsen family collections.
The album was a birthday present from Edward Gunder Olsen to his wife, Elizabeth “Lizzy” E. Olsen on July 24, 1890, for her 33rd birthday. The 79 photographs present, mostly carte de visité and cabinet cards, are of members of the Olsen extended family, and individuals active in the Seventh-day Adventist work in Scandinavia. This album, while documenting E. G. and Elizabeth Olsen’s stay in Norway and Denmark, also contains a photographic history of the evangelistic efforts of Seventh-day Adventist Church among the Scandinavians, in Europe and in America.
Lori N. Curtis
Chair, Department of Archives and Special Collections
This collection, as well as other fascinating collections, can be viewed in the comfort of your own home. Just visit, archives.llu.edu and see what you discover today!
Mark your calendars! The annual Spirit of Prophecy Day/Heritage Sabbath is coming on October 18, 2014. Please be sure to check out all the sermon and supporting materials by clicking here. Help spread the word and share the relevant materials with your congregations!
Get your copy today at your local Adventist Book Center!
In other news, The White Estate is pleased to announce the release of Volume 1 of The Ellen G. White Letters & Manuscripts with Annotations. This volume will not only provide you with helpful context and background information, but it will also provide you with needed explanatory notes and insights into all of the letters and manuscripts of Ellen G. White between the fifteen-year period of 1845-1859. Volume 2 is expected to be released in 2015.