‘Mormon Land’: How historian Ardis Parshall’s labor of love is putting a human face on souls lost during a previous pandemic

(Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo) Mormon research historian Ardis Parshall is surrounded by stacks of books in her Salt Lake City home.

With the world in the grips of COVID-19, which has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, Mormon research historian Ardis Parshall has been posting photos and vignettes of Latter-day Saints who died during the Spanish flu of 1918-20, which claimed tens of millions across the globe.

By doing so on her blog, keepapitchinin.org, she is putting a human face on what too often can appear in history books as cold statistics.

On this week’s podcast, she touches on some of the souls who were lost during this previous pandemic, discusses why she launched the heartfelt, yet heartbreaking, project, and reveals how this labor of love actually has helped her and others cope with the current crisis.

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