Into the Western Country
- Time: 8:00 AM
- Date: Monday, December 2, 1996
- Place: L. Tom Perry Special Collections
About the Event
When the first wagons of the Mormons crossed the Mississippi River from Nauvoo, Illinois on 4 February 1846, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was just fifteen years old. Growing out of the visions and revelations of Joseph Smith, Jr. [1805-1844], the Church was officially organized on 6 April 1830 following the translation and publication of the Book of Mormon and the restoration of heavenly authority deemed necessary to perform the saving ordinances. Central to these claims was the importance of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, whose prophet once again revealed heaven’s will to all who would listen.
This exhibit celebrates the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Mormon Pioneer Trek into the Salt Lake Valley. The items selected for this exhibit focus on the early years of the Mormon hegira, focusing on the historical context as well as the actual experiences of those who shared in this adventure. All the items are from the rich collection of manuscripts and printed works housed in Special Collections and Manuscripts Department of the Harold B. Lee Library.