Quack ‘o’ Rama on display now at the Heritage Research Center

        The Heritage Research Center is pleased to announce the opening of Quack ‘o’ Rama: A Collection of Questionable Medical Devices, a solo exhibition of quackery devices collected by the late LLU professor, William T. Jarvis, Ph.D. Selected items are now on display in the lobby of the Heritage Research Center located within the Vernier Radcliffe wing of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library, across the breezeway from Magan Hall.

         It is shocking to believe that anyone would take these medical devices seriously. In decades past, a combination of scientific ignorance and hope for a magical cure-all allowed quack gadgets to thrive. In these modern times, a look at late-night infomercials on television shows medical quackery is still going strong. Consumers can even find quack gadgets on the “As seen on TV” shelves of their favorite retail chain stores. Quack ‘o’ Rama exhibits a selection of both handheld and large, cumbersome devices developed during the 1910 – 1950s used to fool and rob the consumer. Items on display include, the Radium Ore Revigator, a ceramic water crock lined with radioactive materials. This was marketed as a simple means to prevent illnesses including arthritis, flatulence, and senility. Also on display is the Ultra Violet Ray device which claimed to treat acne, alcohol and drug abuse, arthritis and cancer. Other items include antique medicine bottles, a sunlamp from the Battle Creek Sanitarium, rare first editions and out of print books from Loma Linda University’s own Department of Archives and Special Collections, and vintage snake oil posters.

The exhibition is currently on display in the lobby of the Heritage Research Center located within the Vernier Radcliffe wing of the Del E. Webb Memorial Library

          Many of these medical devices were proven to be either ineffective or unsafe and seized by the courts. Some of the inventors of these gadgets faced criminal charges too. During the 1980s, the equipment on display was turned over to the care and supervision of Dr. William T. Jarvis, President and founder of the California Council Against Health Fraud. Jarvis was also a professor at Loma Linda University with dual appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and a secondary appointment in the School of Dentistry. He authored numerous articles, mainly on consumer health fraud. He also co-authored The Health Robbers, the textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions, and authored Quackery and You. Dr. Jarvis died in March 2016 at the age of 80.

          Those who wish to view the exhibit may do so for free! The items will be on display at the Heritage Research Center located within the Del E. Webb Memorial Library at the Loma Linda University campus from May 01 – September 29, 2017 during normal library hours.

EGW Estate Branch Office Director publishes new book!

ISBN: 9780816361984 | 96 pages | Pacific Press Publishing Association | Copyright 2017 | $11.99 US

          Loma Linda, California – School of Religion professor and director of the Ellen. G. White Estate Branch Office at Loma Linda University, Theodore N. Levterov, just publish his second book. Accepting Ellen White: Early Seventh-day Adventists and the Gift of Prophecy Dilemma.  The mid-nineteenth century was a time of spiritual enlightenment and it was not unusual to attend a religious meeting or observe someone experiencing visionary and charismatic manifestations from God. Ellen (née: Harmon) White received her first vision in December 1844, a few months after the Great Disappointment on October 22, 1844. Many Millerites were skeptical of such visionary claims during this time.

          So, how did Sabbatarian Adventists come to accept her gift as truly prophetic in comparison to others whom were claiming similar gifts at that time? It came about through four developmental stages in early Adventism from 1844 to 1889. In Accepting Ellen White, Dr. Levterov examines each stage, its challenges, and the conclusions that eventually led Seventh-day Adventists to a complete acceptance of Ellen White’s prophetic gift.

          Dr. Levterov has been director of the EGW Estate Branch Office and faculty at Loma Linda University since November 2011. He has worked as a pastor in his native Bulgaria and in the United States. He holds a BA in theology from Newbold College, England, an MDiv, and a PhD in Religion with an emphasis in Adventist history from Andrews University, Michigan. He has published numerous articles and several book chapters related to the history of Seventh-day Adventism and Ellen White. He also authored The Development of the Seventh-day Adventist Understanding of Ellen G. White’s Prophetic Gift, 1844-1889, published by Peter Lang in 2015.

His book can be purchased online at http://www.adventistbookcenter.com/

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We’re back!

After a two-year hiatus, we are finally back! Make sure to mark your calendars for Monday, February 29 to Friday, March 04, as we will be having our book sale. As always, we have a large selection of SDA books, periodicals and more. Please see the flyer for further details. We hope to see you there!

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Just a reminder there is still time to register and attend the upcoming Gift of Prophecy Symposium at Andrews University. Head on over to www.giftofprophecy2015.com to register for the early bird rate of $55.00. Hurry this offer ends on August 31. Sponsored by the Ellen G. White Estate, The Center for Adventist Research, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, the Biblical Research Institute, and the General Conference Ministerial Association, this symposium will continue the commemoration of the centennial of Ellen White’s death and examine the contemporary relevance of the gift of prophecy in the post-modern world.

In the news…

ISBN: 9780816357970 | 256 pages | Pacific Press Publishing Association | Copyright 2015

ISBN: 9780816357970 | 256 pages | Pacific Press Publishing Association | Copyright 2015

Lots of fascinating things about Ellen G. White have been circulating around the office today and we want to keep you up to date on the following:

First and foremost, director of the Loma Linda University White Estate Branch office and School of Religion professor, Dr. Theodore N. Levterov, just published an article in the July 2015 edition of Adventist World magazine. The article, God’s Messenger: Growing Church, New Challenges, discusses when Ellen White was in California just before leaving to Europe. The article can be found by clicking here. [see page 22]

Second, Pacific Press Publishing Association just release a new book titled, Understanding Ellen White. Written by Merlin D. Burt, founding director of the integrated Center for Adventist Research at Andrews University; the book helps build a foundation for interpreting Ellen White’s experience with God and her ministry. The book can be purchased at any Adventist Book Center or online by clicking here.

And finally, have you visited https://egwwritings.org/ to read unreleased letters and manuscripts by Ellen G. White? Launched July 16, 2015 the collection features 50,000 pages of material dating 1845 to 1915 containing family letters, letters addressed to individuals and manuscript written for publication in book. The collection of materials can be found at the link above. Check it out today!

Ellen G. White Centennial Celebration

Celebrating the significance of Ellen G. White 100 years after her death.

Celebrating the significance of Ellen G. White 100 years after her death.

Ellen G. White [1827 – 1915] wore many hats during her lifetime. She was a mother, wife, church founder and prolific author (and for those who didn’t know, Robert F.  Harmon [1786-1866], Ellen White’s father, was a hat maker. 🙂 ).  During her life, she wrote more than 5,000 articles and penned 40 books. Today, June 16, 2015, on the centennial of her death, her writings are still being circulated and translated worldwide.  With that being said, the White Estate is proud to announce 50,000 unpublished pages of Ellen White’s writing which are now available online. Head on over to http://egwwritings.org and click on the link in the left-hand column that reads “Letters and Manuscripts”, researcher will find family letters, letters addressed to individuals and institutions, diary materials, and manuscripts written for publication in books and periodicals. See what you can discover today!

Ellen G. White Centennial Legacy Conference at Pacific Union College

Celebrating the significance of Ellen G. White 100 years after her death.

Celebrating the significance of Ellen G. White 100 years after her death.

This summer, Pacific Union College will host the Ellen G. White Centennial Legacy Conference  July 16-18, 2015.  The events will be held at Pacific Union College and at Elmshaven, White’s personal residence in Deer Park, and will feature a celebration of her historical significance and vibrant legacy in the areas of education, science and medicine, theology, and women’s leadership.

A special luncheon and lecture will be held at Elmshaven on July 16. Dr. Eric Anderson, director of the Walter C. Utt Center for Adventist History, will present a talk on  Ellen White, Elmshaven and the Napa Valley.

For more information on registration, schedule of sessions and meals and lodging, please visit : Ellen G. White Centennial Legacy Conference

Newspaper Columnist Reflects on Ellen White’s Contribution to Vegetarianism

The book, Counsels on Diet and Foods, published in 1938 after White’s death, compiles passages from her writings and teachings about food, and addresses her ideas on why people should eat less meat, or none at all.

The book, Counsels on Diet and Foods, published in 1938 after White’s death, compiles passages from her writings and teachings about food, and addresses her ideas on why people should eat less meat, or none at all.

The Portland Press Herald has published a profile on the lasting contributions of Maine native Ellen G. White to religion and health. The article is by freelance food writer Avery Yale Kamila, and it credits Mrs. White with being an influential early American advocate of vegetarianism. The article also cites Dr. Theodore Levterov, the Branch Office Director, who notes that “It is impossible to talk about vegetarianism in the 21st century without mentioning Seventh-day Adventists and Ellen G. White.” While the article is written primarily for a local audience in Maine, it is nevertheless a shining example of the wider cultural recognition of Ellen White’s continuing impact on contemporary life.

To read the full article, click here: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/05/13/vegetarian-kitchen-a-maine-woman-founded-a-church-and-converted-its-believers-to-vegetarianism/

Gift Of Prophecy Symposium 2015

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A major scholarly symposium entitled The Gift of Prophecy in Scripture and History will be held on October 15-18 on the campus of Andrews University. Sponsored by the Ellen G. White Estate, The Center for Adventist Research, the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, the Biblical Research Institute, and the General Conference Ministerial Association, this symposium will continue the commemoration of the centennial of Ellen White’s death and examine the contemporary relevance of the gift of prophecy in the post-modern world. The four-day conference will feature twenty internationally recognized speakers and launch a five-year, world-wide emphasis in the Seventh-day Adventist Church for understanding the gift of prophecy.

For more information or to register, please visit: www.GiftOfProphecy2015.org

2015 Pastoral Conference

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.

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