History of the Church Series
This daily feature is an introduction to a full article by Richard N. Holzapfel and Paul H. Peterson. Each Wednesday we focus on an aspect of church history, beginning in New York in the early 19th century and progressing throughout the year to Utah in the 20th century. To read the full text of this article, follow the link below and download the PDF.
President Joseph F. Smith and a group of other Latter-day Saint Church leaders, accompanied by family and friends, left Salt Lake City on December 15, 1905, for Vermont to dedicate a memorial honoring the prophet Joseph Smith, on the hundredth anniversary of his birth. During their trip they visited Church historical sites in Ohio, New York, and Vermont and Smith family sites in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York. Photographs taken during most of the trip preserve a view of the places considered sacred to Church members. For most members of the Centennial Memorial party—if not all—the trip to Vermont and other significant historical sites constituted a defining moment in their individual lives. This article is a historical overview of their travels and includes some original photographs from the trip.