Archive: "Western and Mormon Americana" Category

History of the Doctrine and Covenants exhibit

A new exhibit titled “History of Doctrine and Covenants, 1833-1921” is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. This exhibit takes the viewer through the history of the Doctrine and Covenants, from handwritten manuscripts to being published in book form in 1835. Later editions with significant additions or deletions are also displayed, including the …

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History of the Doctrine and Covenants exhibit

We are pleased to announce a new exhibit in Perry Special Collections that takes the viewer through the history of the Doctrine and Covenants, from handwritten manuscripts to broadsides, to being published in book form in 1835. The highlight of the exhibit is BYU’s only copy of the Book of Commandments, predecessor to the Doctrine and …

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“My Soul Delighteth in the Song of the Heart”: Hymns and Hymnbooks of the Restoration – an exhibit

A new exhibit on the Foundations of the Restoration is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The title of the exhibit is “‘My Soul Delighteth in the Song of the Heart’: Hymns and Hymnbooks of the Restoration,” and items on display include a copy of the first LDS hymnbook produced by Emma Smith and William …

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Shakespeare in Territorial Utah

With a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio in Salt Lake City this month, L. Tom Perry Special Collections is celebrating with our colleagues at the Salt Lake City Public Library by creating a small exhibit on the history of Shakespeare performance in 19th century Utah. “For So Work the Honey Bees”: Shakespeare in Territorial Utah …

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Latter-day Saint Poetry

The Latter-day Saints who joined the LDS Church in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales occasionally included budding poets and lyricists in their numbers. Like many Christian denominations of the 19th century, the Latter-day Saints enjoyed singing and hymns. New hymns and Mormon-themed poems began to emerge immediately after the first conversions and baptisms, though the …

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Compiling the Doctrine and Covenants, 1830-1921 : an exhibit

  A new exhibit on the history of the Doctrine and Covenants is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The title is “Compiling the Doctrine and Covenants, 1830-1921,” and this exhibit takes the viewer through the history of the Doctrine and Covenants, from handwritten manuscripts to broadsides, to being published in book form …

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19th Century Advertising by Mormon Women Part 1

On March 3rd, I gave a presentation at the Church History Symposium entitled “‘Her knowledge of business, and practical experience therein’: 19th Century Advertising by Mormon Women.” The presentation discussed examples of advertisements posted by women in Mormon newspapers, and also highlighted the other activities pursued by women. Starting today, and continuing until I run out …

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The Beginning of the End for the Donner-Reed Party

(Note: The following was written by Cami Spackman, a student employee. I edited the document, but she provided the content and idea for the post.) The Beginning of the End for the Donner-Reed Party During the great migration of Americans to the western shores of California and Oregon in the mid-19th century, there were many …

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First Edition Spanish Book of Mormon (1886)

  With the prevalence today of Spanish-speaking members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, many are surprised to hear that the Church did not have a large presence in Latin America or among Spanish speakers until the late 19th century. Among foreign language editions of the Book of Mormon, Spanish (1886) ranks …

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