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Research and Writing Samples

By: Ardis E. Parshall - August 01, 2011

This blog, Keepapitchinin, is my outlet for some of the quirky or inspirational bits I come across in my research. While posts here are written for a popular audience, many of the best posts are researched with the same scholarly care that goes into my work for clients.

Posts hinting at my research skills:

Brigham Young and Father Victor Jouannealt: Evaluating Credibility of a Document: A stray line in an obituary links Brigham Young to a Catholic priest during the Nauvoo period. How can we evaluate the credibility of this claim when the priest is unknown in Mormon history?

The Case of the Missing Pioneer: The 1847 Vanguard company is the most studied pioneer group in history. So why does no one know what happened to one of its members, the carpenter who built the roadometer? The mystery has endured for decades, yet it took me only 45 minutes to solve the puzzle.

The Great Mormon Marijuana Myth: Maybe I shoudn’t be proud to have my name appear on hundreds of pro-pot blogs, but I am! One day after a reader brought to my attention a ludicrously garbled account of a supposed early 20th century Mormon involvement with marijuana, I had tracked the real story.

What George Washington Didn’t Say about Barack Obama in the Relief Society Magazine: A scurrilous election-season email draws on a spurious “revelation” given to George Washington, which has appeared surprisingly often in Mormon publications. Here is the “revelation,” tracked to its source.

Sarah Wheatcroft: Service for the Dead: Mormon and non-Mormon battled over the burial of a young Latter-day Saint in the early days of proselytizing in England. This post restores her name to the young Saint whose death helped to cement Mormon civil rights in one English neighborhood.

Papers delivered at professional conferences:

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A sampling of articles written for the Salt Lake Tribune as a regular columnist for the past five years:

When the Gas Lights Flickered


Hatchtown Dam Collapse

The Pink Lady

Grave Robbing, Abraham Lincoln, and Polygamy

For a listing of all posts that have appeared on Keepapitchinin, sorted into rough categories, see the Topical Guide.

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