Unknown photo of Ellen White Found!

Ellen G. White walking near a tent with her son William C. White and his wife, May, in 1905. Courtesy of Jacqueline Leslie Trott-Bally via Ron Graybill

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

Ellen White Estate Votes for Heritage Evangelism

A view of the boyhood home of Adventist pioneer Joseph Bates in Fairhaven, Massachusetts, in 1889. Credit: AHM

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/

Andrews Seminary Statement

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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

Olsen Family Photograph Album

Just a peak at the Olsen Family Photograph Album

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!

Spirit of Prophecy Day/Heritage Sabbath 2014

            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!

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.

In Memoriam…

Pictured are some of the items we have available at the department of Archives and Special Collections (R-L: 1- Sepia portrait of William Clarence White, circa 1884. 2 Excerpt: Robinson, D. E. "The Journey's End." Review and Herald 114.42 (1937): 21-22. 3 – William Clarence White funeral program)

William Clarence White

           Born in August of 1854, William Clarence White was the son of James and Ellen White. ”Willie”, as his mother referred to him, helped Ellen with her travels, writings and publishing after his father’s death in 1881.  William was one of the four entrusted with his mother’s estate after her death in 1915. He also served as secretary and director of the White Estate until his own death. On August 31, 1937, two days after William eighty-third birthday, he retired early following a long day of work. During the night, he awoke complaining of shortness of breath and died on September 1, 1937 due to an embolism of the heart. Interment services took place on September 9, 1937 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek Michigan.

           Pictured are some of the items we have available at the department of Archives and Special Collections (R-L: 1- Sepia portrait of William Clarence White, circa 1884. 2 Excerpt: Robinson, D. E. “The Journey’s End.” Review and Herald 114.42 (1937): 21-22. 3 – William Clarence White funeral program)

Gift of Commemorative Plates

                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 donors, 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 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

William Ward Simpson Prophetic Chart

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.

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.

In Memoriam…

      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.
Program that was handed out at the funeral services for Ellen G. White.

Funeral Program for Ellen G. White. Loma Linda University, Dept. of Archives & Special Collections

This is the Very Place

Then this is the very place the Lord has shown me, for it is all familiar

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.