The Box Elder Stake Academy in Its Historical Setting
Brigham Young University
The Box Elder Stake Academy was a part of the Church System of Academies under the direction of Karl G. Maeser. The historical setting of Box Elder County is rather unique. It was here that Lorenzo Snow directed one of the most successful forms of the United Order. The nearby city of Corinne was established as one of the few gentile cities in Utah, and from there a new crusade to end Mormon rule in Utah was begun.
The Box Elder Stake Academy was one of the first academies created under the direction of the First Presidency of the Church. This study includes the purpose for its establishment and methods of accomplishing its goals as viewed within the political, social, religious and economical conditions of this era. The establishment and decline of this academy was closely tied to the historical events of this period.
Special attention was paid to the academic function of the academy and the problems involved in its administration. An attempt was made to portray the feeling of dedication and purpose expressed by the faculty as they attempted to achieve excellence in their responsibilities to the students and academy.