Republishing the SDA Pioneers
Adventist Pioneer Library
“Elder Loughborough’s book should receive attention. Our leading men should see what can be done for the circulation of this book” (Ellen G. White, Letter 105, 1903).
When the plates of the book burned in the Review and Herald fire in December, 1902, he revised and updated his eyewitness account, and renamed it The Great Second Advent Movement, printing it in 1905, just when Ellen White was calling for the pioneers’ stories to be told.
We retype set the 1905 edition, and reprinted it in December 1992, as the first pioneer book we brought back into print. It was a paperback edition of 573 pages with a new color cover painted by Seventh-day Adventist artist Nathan Green. A second printing was done in 2003.
We’ve translated the book into Portuguese and published it in 2014. Find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VTTTHV7/
We completely retype set the 1992 edition, with a new cover and size, in 2015, to match the Portuguese version done the year before. Find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V5F2HHV/
We completed a Spanish translation in 2015. Find it on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1614550336/
Lest We Forget
We published a quarterly periodical entitled Lest We Forget, to highlight the lives and contributions of the pioneers. Our theme was this statement: “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.” (Life Sketches, p. 196; emphasis supplied). We have been told to sit the people down like Moses did and recount all the Lord has done in leading us out as a people. (Letter 105, 1903)
Volumes 1-10 are excellent, brief introductions to the key pioneer individuals (usually a total of 8 pages per issue). We attempted to tell an objective story, from the viewpoint of showing how God used the person, often in spite of any failings. We often reproduced a sample of their writings. Volume 11 began a review of the first 40 issues.