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Keepapitchinin, the Mormon History blog
Type of site
Mormon history and related studies single-author weblog
Available inEnglish
Created byArdis E. Parshall
Current statusActive

Keepapitchinin[1] is an American history blog written by American independent historian Ardis Parshall (born 1959[2]) who specializes in Mormon history.[3][4][5][6][7] The site was founded in 2008, namesaked for a humorous newspaper published sporadically between 1867 and 1871 pseudonymously written by George J. Taylor, Joseph C. Rich, and Heber John Richards (the fathers of whom served at the time as LDS apostles).[8][9][10] Parshall received an award in 2010 for her Keepapitchinin essay "Beards" from the Association of Mormon Letters[11] and was awarded by the Bloggernacle as 2010 Best Blogger and 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2013 Best Solo Blog.[12] Parshall's article "'Pursue, Retake & Punish’: The 1857 Santa Clara Ambush"[13][14] received the 2005 Dale L. Morgan Award of the Utah State Historical Society.[15]

For the two decades from 1993 until 2013, Parshall provided extensive professional research, editorial and administrative assistance to fellow independent historian William P. MacKinnon in delving through Utah-based records archives especially in reference to the U.S. military expedition known in the mid-19th century the "Mormon Rebellion" and locally within the then State of Deseret as "Johnston's Army."[16] (Note. MacKinnon has also written Keepapitchinin guest posts.[17])

According to a 2019 Salt Lake City Tribune article, over the years Keepapitchinin's content "has appeared, unattributed, in newsletters, magazines, blogs, books and other volumes. Several 'stolen posts' were abbreviated versions of papers Parshall presented at professional meetings, including the Mormon History Association."[18] Historian Matthew Grow stated "perhaps the best biographical writing on international Mormons resides on Ardis Parshall’s blog Keepapitchinin."[19]

Author's other works[edit]

Parshall has coedited or written

  • Paul Reeve; Ardis E. Parshall; et al. (2010). Paul Reeve; Ardis E. Parshall (eds.). Mormonism: A Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781598841077.
  • Michael Austin; Ardis E. Parshall, eds. (2017). Dime Novel Mormons: Mormon Image in Literature (series). Greg Kofford Books. ISBN 9781589585171.
  • Michael Austin; Ardis E. Parshall (eds.). The Mormoness; Or, The Trials Of Mary Maverick: A Narrative Of Real Events.[20]
  • Michael Austin; Ardis E. Parshall (eds.). Boadicea; the Mormon Wife: Life Scenes in Utah.
  • [In progress]: She Shall Be an Ensign: A history of the LDS Church told through the lives of Mormon women[21][22]
  • Ardis E. Parshall (2012). "'This Splendid Outpouring of Welcome': Salt Lake City and the 1909 National Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic". In Kenneth L. Alford (ed.). Civil War Saints. Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. ISBN 9780842528160.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ MacKinnon, William P. (Spring 2007). "'Lonely Bones': Leadership and Utah War Violence". The Journal of Mormon History: 121.
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2008). Devil's gate: Brigham Young and the great Mormon handcart tragedy. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. p. 335. ISBN 978-1-4165-3988-9.
  5. ^ Davidson, Lee (September 18, 2006). "Some say Young must share blame for Utah War". Deseret News.
  6. ^ "Mormon Kickstarter campaign places women at "center stage" in LDS history | Religion News Service". 2015-05-28. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  7. ^ Name * (2014-07-11). "Mormon women "bloggers": a long tradition | OUPblog". Oxford University Press blog. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  8. ^ Ronald W. Walker (Spring 1974). "The Keep-A-Pitchinin or the Mormon Pioneer was Human". Brigham Young University Studies. 14 (3): 331–344. JSTOR 43040520.
  9. ^ "Should Brigham Young share blame for Utah War?". Deseret News. September 18, 2006. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
  10. ^ "Resources for Young Women leaders". Mormon Times. Retrieved 2011-03-28.
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  14. ^ Ardis E. Parshall (2005). "'Pursue, Retake and Punish': The 1857 Santa Clara Ambush]". Utah Historical Quarterly: 64–86.
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  16. ^ William P. MacKinnon (2016). At Sword's Point, Part 2: A Documentary History of the Utah War, 1858–1859. Kingdom in the West: The Mormons and the American Frontier. 11. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 23. ISBN 9780806156743.
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  18. ^ "Book 'stole' Mormon historian's work, but publisher offers a settlement to 'make it right'".
  19. ^ Grow, Matthew J. (Jan 2015). "Biography in Mormon Studies" (PDF). Journal of Mormon History. 41 (1): 193. JSTOR 10.5406/jmormhist.41.1.184.
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  21. ^ "Ardis E. Parshall - Greg Kofford Books". 2015-05-25. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
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External links[edit]

Audio interviews of author