Keepapitchinin, the Mormon History blog » About


By: admin - May 05, 2008

Contact Address

AEParshall [at] AOL [dot] com

Meaning of “Keepapitchinin”

The original Keepapitchinin was a comic newspaper – the Mad Magazine of its day – published at Salt Lake City sporadically from 1867 to 1871. Its chief editors were talented second-generation Mormons George J. Taylor (son of apostle, later President John Taylor), Joseph C. Rich (son of apostle Charles C. Rich) and Heber John Richards (son of apostle Willard Richards), with occasional help from apostle Orson Pratt and artists Charles R. Savage and George M. Ottinger. Ronald W. Walker’s “The Keep-A-Pitchinin, or, the Mormon Pioneer Was Human,” BYU Studies 14:3 (Spring 1974), 331-344, gives background on that publication.


Ardis E. Parshall and assorted guest bloggers, including a few historical figures whose writings are posted under their own names


Regular readers and commenters are affectionately known as “Keepa’ninnies” or as “‘ninnies.”

Guest Posts

Guest posts of an historical nature in keeping with Keepa’s tone and theme are solicited. Submit them to Keepapitchinin [at] aol [dot] com.

[This invitation does not extend to spam masquerading as guest posts from online diploma mills — you guys crack me up with your continued “offers”!]


We even have official blog mascots — who else in the Bloggernacle can make that claim? Heck, we even have a slogan and an official phonograph dealer.

Regular Features

  • Lives of little-known Saints and their associates
  • Topics in LDS church history and culture
  • Utah history
  • “From our exchanges” – 19th century newspaper editors traded copies of their own publications and published freely from each others’ papers. This department of Keepapitchinin reviews articles from past and current journals, draw attention to favorite Bloggernacle posts, and otherwise publicizes others’ writings
  • Lesson plans for the weeks I teach in Sunday School or Relief Society
  • Lessons from old, older, and very old LDS materials covering the same general topics as our current Sunday School lessons
  • Fiction and jokes from past decades of LDS magazines
  • Magazine cover art, music, radio scripts, and other artifacts of Mormonism’s cultural past
  • Current events, guest posts, and any other ol’ thing that catches my fancy

Past Posts/Topical Guide

A listing of all past posts, grouped into rough categories, is found by clicking “Topical Guide” in the sideblog, just under the link which brought you to this page.

Comment Policy

Comments are solicited. Please remember, though, that I am a believing Mormon writing chiefly for others of my faith, and all comments must respect that orientation. I am the idiosyncratic court of final appeal as to suitability.

[17 April 2009: In particular, apostate fundamentalism is unwelcome and will not be tolerated. Spring for your own domain, people, and attract your own audience if you can; stop trying to piggyback here.]

[30 September 2009: There has been a recent upsurge in spamming by Mormons? posers? peddling their services as genealogists, line-of-authority researchers, youth conference speakers, and purveyors of extremely questionable products looking for a Mormon market. Go away. Your advertising will be deleted quickly, and your IP address will be banned for time and all eternity from further participation here.]

[10 December 2010: Yes, the Constitution assures you that the government will not abridge your right to free speech. Your right to speak, however, doesn’t oblige me to listen — and it certainly doesn’t impose a burden on me to provide you a platform from which to speak. If you’re going to protest my deletion of a comment that preaches something in direct opposition to Mormonism, come up with a better justification for your complaint.]

[31 January 2011: Someone must have just published somewhere a guide to plugging your blog, saying that it’s smart to search for similarly themed posts on others’ blogs and then invite everybody over to read your post. That’s not really commenting on my post, though, is it?  A comment that is nothing but a sales pitch for a product — whether that product is a male enhancement drug or your own unknown Mormon blog — is spam. I delete spam.

If you support Keepa for a while and become a part of our community, and then invite us to read your post, that’s fine. I sometimes link to the personal blogs of regular commenters in my blogroll. But play fair.]

Blog Theme and Technical Advice

My sincerest thanks to J. Stapley of Splendid Sun and By Common Consent, for designing these pages and for handling the technical details – I couldn’t have got started without him.


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