Mormon Historical Studies - Spring 2005 | Vol. 6 | No. 1

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This issue of Mormon Historical Studies contains an article about the passage of LDS immigrants through Philadelphia, records of the early history of the Philadelphia branch, and an interview with historian Milton V. Backman, Jr.

Also included in this issue are accounts of the Icelandic Memorial Dedication in Spanish Fork Utah, the Las Vegas Mormon Fort sesquicentennial celebration, the Junius F. Wells Award presentation to President Gordon B. Hinckley, and and a review ofThe Collected Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lectures by J. Spencer Fluhman.

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Introduction & Contents

Editor’s Letter

“Pronounced Clean, Comfortable, and Good Looking:” The Passage of Mormon Immigrants through the Port of Philadelphia

Walking-on-Water Stories and Other Susquehanna River Folk Tales about Joseph Smith

Name Index

Historic Research Index

The Philadelphia Pennsylvania Branch: Its Early History and Records

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Branch Membership: 1840–1854

Conversation with Historians

History Is People, Places, Sources, and Stories: An Interview with Milton V. Backman Jr.


The Short-Lived Mormon Encounter of Pennsylvania State University’s First President: Six Letters from the Family of Evan Pugh

The Impact of Edward Hunter’s Conversion to Mormonism in Chester County, Pennsylvania: Henry M. Vallette’s 1869 Letter


The First Annual Junius F. Wells Award Presented to President Gordon B. Hinckley

Historic Sites

Icelandic Memorial Dedication

The Las Vegas Mormon Fort Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Book Review

The Collected Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lectures – Reviewed by J. Spencer Fluhman