Thursday night’s 16th annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture features two of Arrington’s own children taking a look at their father’s diary. The diary will be officially opening at Utah State University’s Special Collections and Archives. Susan Arrington-Madsen and Carl Arrington will present the lecture at 7 p.m. in the Logan Tabernacle and everyone is invited to attend. When Arrington donated his collection of 10,000 books and 750 boxes of material he stipulated that only his three children have access to the diary the first 10 years after his death, which was in 1999. Madsen says now it is time to open the diary and let people learn of things they may not have known before. Arrington was a professor of Economics at USU for 28 years and was then appointed as the official LDS Church historian. Madsen says her father’s diary began when he was 10 years old and continued until one year before his death in 1999.
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