New Publication Released!

Ellen White’s gift of prophecy has remained a controversial subject within and outside the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. This analysis provides an important historical context that illuminates the prophetic claims of Ellen White and the attempts of her denomination to find a more balanced and informed approach toward such a complex topic.

Ellen White’s gift of prophecy has remained a controversial subject within and outside the Seventh-day Adventist denomination. 

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.

Dr. Levterov signing his newly published book.

Dr. Levterov signing his newly published book.

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving dinner menu, 1938. Menu is printed on separate sheet of paper affixed to inside of card-stock folder.

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.

Michael Olivarez

Archives Assistant

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/

Book Sale Next Week!

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!

 HRC Book Sale Poster with Address 2014

Thanksgiving

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, staff thought this menu from the Loma Linda Sanitarium, circa 1914, was fitting to post. Thanksgiving is a day intended to remind us of the blessings of God. People celebrate with food and family togetherness. What do you plan to serve this Thanksgiving and what are you most Thankful for?

Thanksgiving 1914 Menu from Loma Linda Sanitarium

Menu, Circa 1914 from Loma Linda Sanitarium

Ellen G. White Encyclopedia

 

The White Estate is proud to introduce this upcoming book that brings together hundreds of articles that describe the people and events in the life of Ellen White. This is the ultimate resource for anything related to Ellen White. This book gives readers an understanding on her views and numerous topics relating to her. Everything from the hymns she loved to the ministry of healing, are covered in this book. You’ll find a detailed account of her life and encompassing articles on her ministry, her theology, and her statements in the light of advancing scientific knowledge. The book is expected to be released early 2014.

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Pulpit from Campus Hill Church

Pulpit from Campus Hill Church

Pulpit from Campus Hill Church

On permanent display here at the Heritage Room is this solid pine wood pulpit from Campus Hill Church. The pulpit was added to our collection when the “Chapel” (as called by the early pioneer members) was town down in 1938. Many of the fixtures, such as windows and doors, were incorporated into homes built in Loma Linda. Ellen White spoke from this pulpit in April 1911 at the age of 83.