When staff arrived at work Monday morning, they found four beautiful porcelain commemorative plates waiting for them. A single piece of paper containing the name and address of who we believe to be the donors of the plates – George and Jeanne Wiesseman.
Possible doners of commemorative plates, George and Jeanne Wiesseman
George graduated from the College of Medical Evangelists School of Medicine with an M.D. in 1947, and returned to get an M.M.S. in General Surgery in 1956. Jeanne earned not one, but five CME/LLU degrees over the years: one Bachelor of Science, three masters’ degrees, and one doctorate. Both George and Jeanne credit their Loma Linda University education as the foundation for their success. The couple, married for 70 years, have served God and humanity – George as an orthopedic surgeon, Jeanne as a medical technologist – in California, Georgia, Texas, Thailand and Vietnam, where they were at the time of the fall of Saigon.
The commemorative plates, lastest acquisition to the department of Archives and Special Collections
The four plates: The College of Medical Evangelists, formerly Loma Linda Hospital, now Nichol Hall; College of Medical Evangelists, Los Angeles; Loma Linda University Medical Center; and Battle Creek Sanitarium, Battle Creek, Mich., are beautiful porcelain plates commemorating Seventh-day Adventist medical education, and we are thrilled to be able to add them to our historic artifacts collection in the University Archives. We are pleased that the Wiesseman’s have shared these mementos with the University family and community.
Lori N. Curtis
Chair, Department of Archives and Special Collections
Heritage Research Center
Simpson, William Ward, 1872-1907. [Chart]. Designed and Arranged by William Ward Simpson, Battle Creek, Mich. (Buffalo, N.Y.: Courier Co. (Litho Dpt.), n.d.). Chromolithographed linen, 41 x 29 ½ in.
Last week, the Heritage Research Center was privileged to receive one of the prophetic charts created and produced by William Ward Simpson in the late 1890s or early 1900s. The chart was donated to Loma Linda University by Bruce McClay, a librarian with the Walla Walla University School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon.
William Ward Simpson was born on August 1, 1872 in Brooklyn, NY. One of six children of William Ward Simpson Sr. and Anne Turner, William was the only one to survive early childhood. William converted to the Seventh-day Adventist faith in 1890. As a youth, William had worked at the Battle Creek Sanitarium and in the office of the Good Health publication. He completed an apprenticeship in the Review and Herald office in Battle Creek, where he was working at the time of his conversion. Not long after he informed the foreman of the press that he was going to quit his job so that he could spend his time preaching the Third Angel’s message. William married Nellie F. Ballenger on May 10, 1899 and was ordained as a minister on June 17 of that same year. Simpson spent the next eight years preaching to enthusiastic crowds throughout California and the Midwest using the large, colorful chart he produced to illustrate the Biblical prophecies in the Book of Daniel. Simpson also had large papier mache’ beasts made to resemble the beasts as described in the Book of Daniel and to be used in his evangelistic meetings which attracted crowds as large as 2,000 in Los Angeles in 1906. These beasts were given to Andrews University, where they reside in the Center for Adventist Research.
Simpson died at the premature age of 35 on April 28, 1907, in Glendale, California.
On July 16, 1915, ninety-nine years ago today, Mrs. Ellen G. White died. In honor of her life and memory, share your favorite Ellen White book, article or quote. There are hundreds to choose from! At the time of her death Ellen White’s lite…rary productions totaled approximately 100,000 pages in the form of: 24 books in current circulation, two book manuscripts ready for publication. 5,000 periodical articles in the journals of the church and more than 200 tracts and pamphlet, approximately 35,000 typewritten pages of manuscript documents and letters. Compilations made after her death from Ellen White’s writings bring the total number of books currently in print to more than 130. Next year in commemoration of the centenary of Ellen White’s death, the White Estate will release all of her unpublished writings on their site.
Funeral Program for Ellen G. White. Loma Linda University, Dept. of Archives & Special Collections
Then this is the very place the Lord has shown me, for it is all familiar
A new sculpture on campus was unveiled over the weekend as part of this year’s graduation ceremonies. The sculpture, entitled This is the Very Place serves as a visual reminder of the founding of Loma Linda University.
Ellen G. White, a pioneer of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and strong supporter of a healthy lifestyle, first arrived to Loma Linda on June 12, 1905. She and her son, William Clarence White came by wagon from Redlands. They met with John Burden, who two weeks prior, put a $1,000 deposit down on the property.
While touring the grounds, Ellen turn to her son and said “Willie, I have been here before” He responded, “No Mother. You have never been here before”. Although Ellen White had never been to Loma Linda, she recognized the property from a vision she had four years before. “Then this is the very place the Lord has shown me, for it is all familiar.”
The new sculpture is located at a majestic spot atop Nichol Hall hill.
New Exhibit on Display at The Heritage Research Center
In celebration of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination’s 150th anniversary, the Heritage Research Center is hosting an exhibit featuring an overview of Adventist history. The exhibit highlights the history of the church from the Millerite Movement to the growth of the denomination and global ministry on twelve colorful banners.
The 150th Anniversary Exhibit is on display only for a short period of time, so be sure to stop by today! The Heritage Research Center is located within the Vernier Radcliffe wing of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library, across the breezeway from Magan Hall.
To read more about the formation of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination and teachings of the church, read “United for Mission: One Hundred and Fifty Years, From Great Disappointment to General Conference” at
United for Mission: One Hundred and Fifty Years
Head on over to our Facebook to see photos from the exhibit!
Our book sale got off to a fantastic start! Thank you to all who stopped by and said Hello. We still have a lot of great items that must go! Continue to check back during the week for more updates, pictures and specials. The sale will end on Friday, March 7!
Just finished setting up for our annual book sale. We have some great out of print/hard to find books, volumes and other related Adventist materials on sale. Be sure to stop by next week and support the Heritage Research Center.
Check the attached flyer for details!
Just a reminder that the Heritage Research Center book sale is scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014 at 8 am and will be ending on Friday, March 7 at noon. This is probably our largest sale yet, so stop by for some great finds. In many cases there are multiple copies of sought-after/out of print titles. Hope to see some of our followers there!
Lots of people came into the Heritage Research Center for its annual book sale last year.
Ministry Magazine, International Journal for Pastors
Branch director, Theodore Levterov just publish another fascinating article in the December 2013 issue of Ministry Magazine. In the article, Dr. Levterov discusses healthy eating habits adopted by the church over the last 150 years. The article also touches on attitudes from Sabbatarian Adventists in the 1850s. For your perusal, the HRC team has put the article online for your convenience.
Seventh-day Adventists and health: Celebrating 150 years of the Adventist health message
On Monday, December 2, 2013, the White Estate Branch Office, the Heritage Research Center, and the School of Religion of Loma Linda University, sponsored a conference for pastors in the Southern and Southeastern California conferences entitled, Trinity Doctrine Pastoral Conference. The presenters were John W. Reeve, Jon Paulien, Gilbert Valentine and Richard Rice who addressed the question of the Trinity from Biblical, historical and denominational perspectives. Because the issue of the Trinity is a hot topic in our Seventh-day Adventist churches today, this conference was very appropriate. The large turnout and positive feedback from the pastors highlighted that very point. For those who missed the conference, below are links to the conference program and topic presentation from each speaker.
Trinity Conference Program
How the Early Church Let Scripture Guide them to the Trinity - By John W. Reeve
Jesus and the God of Judaism - By Jon Paulien
Clearer Views of Jesus - By Gilbert Valentine
What the Doctrine of the Trinity Does (and Doesn’t) Say about God By Richard Rice