Ruth May Fox diary excerpts 1897-1900

By: J. Stapley - October 02, 2006

In July, I posted several excerpts from Ruth May Foxe’s Diary (1). This post continues where that one left off. As mentioned there, Ruth was an ardent suffragist and leader in several civic, political and religious circles. She is perhaps most frequently recognized as being on the board of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association and as its president from 1929 to 1937. Clarifications to her text are added in between [ ] and comments between { }. (more…)

Ruth May Fox diary excerpts 1895-1897 (1900)

By: J. Stapley - July 05, 2006

While recently passing through the state of Utah, I was able to stop at the Church Archives for about two hours. I took the opportunity to examine the diary of Ruth May Fox (1). Ruth was an ardent suffragist and leader in several civic, political and religious circles. She is perhaps most frequently recognized as being on the board of the Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association and as its president from 1929 to 1937. I was able to cover approximately two and a half years of entries and have included a few interesting items as well as an entry from 1900. (more…)

Dance Dance Revolution

By: J. Stapley - December 15, 2005

Most everyone who grew up Mormon has a memorable story that involves a church sponsored dance. As the meter of time beats through our history, one of the things that persists despite persecution, accommodation and eventually correlation is ritual self expression set to music. Though the tunes and instruments have changed, a tension remains in the institutional sponsorship as it grapples with the salutarity and salaciousness of dance. (more…)