The Building of Zion

This article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of Pioneer Magazine. by Richard W. Jackson On July 25, 1847, a Sunday, the Saints held their first worship services in the Salt Lake Valley with meetings in the morning and afternoon. By the following Wednesday, brigham young and the General Authorities in the party had located […]

Children of Destiny

Emily Marie Crumpton-Deason presents on Clara Decker Young, Harriet Wheeler, and Ellen Sanders Kimball Emily works for the Church history Library for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Pioneer Content Manager for the Church History Biographical Database. She graduated with a Master of Arts in History from Utah State University in […]

The Building of Zion

This article originally appeared in Vol.53, No.1 (2006) of pioneer Magazine. by Richard W. Jackson On July 25, 1847, a Sunday, the Saints held their first worship services in the Salt Lake Valley with meetings in the morning and afternoon. By the following Wednesday, brigham young and the General Authorities in the party had located […]

Speak Your Piece | 1: Season 2, Ep. 1 (Part 1): Everett Bassett: Discovering human remains at Mountain Meadows

The story of the siege and massacre of approximately 120 California bound immigrants by Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians at Mountain Meadows (Washington County, 38 miles northwest of St. George) on September 11, 1857 is perhaps the second most well-known story in all of Utah’s history behind only the epic story of the 1847 Mormon […]

Speak Your Piece | 1: Season 2 Ep. 1 (Part 2): Everett Bassett: Discovering human remains at Mountain Meadows

The story of the siege and massacre of approximately 120 California bound immigrants by Mormon settlers and Paiute Indians at Mountain Meadows (Washington County, 38 m. northwest of St. George) on September 11, 1857 is perhaps the second most well-known story in all of Utah’s history behind only the epic story of the 1847 Mormon […]

Speak Your Piece | 3: Season 2, Ep. 3 (Part 1 of 2) Leo Lyman’s Deep Dive into the “Sausage Making” of Utah’s Statehood

Concerning Utah’s statehood story, the oft heard quote comes to mind, attributed to German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, who said: “laws and sausage, if they are to be enjoyed, should never be watched made.” Lyman’s book argues for the opposite: knowing the stories behind political actions are essential to a vibrant and strong democracy.  Lyman’s […]

LYMAN, Amasa Mason

From Whitney’s history of Utah, Vol. 4 THE name of this noted man—Apostle and pioneer—is inseparably interwoven with the early history of Utah and other parts of the West. An industrious colonizer, an eloquent orator, and a leader of more than ordinary ability, he was with the Mormon Church and people from the days of […]

History Minute: Pioneer Park

pioneer Park sits on a 10-acre plot of land, named for Mormon settlers who established Salt Lake City. It hosted many First Nations encampments over the centuries for the same reason it drew the pioneers: natural springs and a source of water. In July of 1847—a week after their arrival in the valley—the eponymous pioneers […]

NEFF, John II: The Money Belt

This biography originally appeared on pioneerstories.org Born: 19 September 1794, Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Died: 9 May 1869, East Millcreek, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, USA The money belt John deserves a place in every gallery and history where the makers of the State are commemorated. Before joining the Church he was a wealthy and influential […]

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