Article of the Week

The Nauvoo Temple Bells
July 22, 2019
Article of the Week
The Nauvoo Temple Bells
Author Shannon M. Tracy Author Glen M. Leonard Author Ronald G. Watt

This daily feature is the introduction to a full article by  Shannon M. Tracy, Glen M. Leonard, and  Ronald G. Watt that was published in our newest issue, 58:2. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below.

The bell that hung briefly in the first Nauvoo Temple was removed when the Saints left and carried to Winter Quarters and then to Utah. During the harsh winter of 1849—1850, the bell cracked and could not be repaired; it was most likely destroyed in an attempt to recast it. The bell that was installed on Temple Square in 1939 and labeled as the “Nauvoo Bell” was not the temple bell but was instead a bell purchased by Michael Hummer that had hung in a church in Iowa City. Hummer’s bell has a fascinating history of it’s own. This article traces the history of both bells by looking at foundry records, steamship bells, journals, newspapers, and the Temple Square bell itself.