Metro-area landmarks, the Temple and Auditorium in Independence mark the world headquarters of the Community of Christ. Formerly named the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS), the church emerged after the 1844 death of prophet and leader Joseph Smith Jr. and the recognition of his son as successor. In 1860 Joseph Smith III became prophet-president of the RLDS church, his tenure noted for strongly opposing polygamy. He and his successors navigated a difficult course for decades between Utah Mormonism and mainstream Christianity.
Historian Mark Scherer traces the early history of the Community of Christ, its restoration and reorganization, and the subsequent search for a separate identity. His talk is based on his recent two-volume history, The Journey of a People, which chronicles a trek that literally brought the descendants of early believers back to Jackson County, Missouri.
Join us on the first Saturday of every month (June–October) as the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library present the eighth annual City Market Summer Book Sale, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. At the City Market, 400 Grand St. - North Walkway next to the Steamboat Arabia. For additional information, contact email@example.com, or call 816.701.3468.
2015 commemorates not only the 125th anniversary of the birth of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, but also the U.S. Census Bureau’s declaration that the American frontier had closed. As historian Tim Rives explains, these two events are not unrelated.
Like other progressives of his generation, Eisenhower saw the extinction of the frontier as the end of the first phase of American history, and the beginning of a new age in which the federal government would replace the lost reservoir of free land and abundant resources with economic cooperation and individual security through social programs. More than any other single factor, Eisenhower’s interpretation of the vanished frontier is what distinguishes his “Middle Way” political philosophy from the conservative wing of the Republican Party he led through two terms as a president.
Tim Rives is the deputy director and supervisory archivist of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, Kansas.