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Discovering the 19th-Century Women’s World: My Powerful and Emotional Journey in Petticoats, Stays, and More

Participation in Petticoats Over the summer, I participated in the National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia. I was part of the “Buckskin Village,” the mountain man section of the camp, where old men dressed like mountain men. My Aunt, a capable seamstress, equipped me with wonderful regalia that was identical

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Sunsets, Music, And Dancing: The Magic Of Summer In Nauvoo

In honor of Pioneer Day (July 24, 1847) when the first company of pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, I’d like to take you on a “walk” through the Nauvoo Pageant. Experience the Magic Before it even begins, you’re in love. On your way to pageant, you pass the Mississippi River. Wait, look! The

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“I am Strong Now,” Emma on the Day of the Martyrdom

The sister post to this article about Mary Fielding Smith’s experience at the martyrdom of her husband Hyrum can be found at Pioneering Sisterhood here. P.S. Dear Emma, I am very much resigned to my lot, knowing I am justified and have done the best that could be done. Give my love to the children.1

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Death of the Prophet: the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith

On June 27, 1844, the prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were murdered at Carthage Jail. The events of the day are familiar to Latter-day Saints: the plaintive singing of A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, the frantic storming of the mob, and the volley of bullets into the upper room, which would send

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Help A New Nauvoo Restaurant Get on its Feet: Lock 19

“The first thing you notice when you come to Nauvoo is: there’s no food here,” said Jenny Nilson. Luckily for Nauvoo locals and tourists alike, Nilson and her team Steven and Erin Jespersen have a tasty solution. “We’re going after flavor. One taste bud at a time,” said Nilson. After COVID left Nauvoo barren, Nilson

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Independent, but not Alone: The Faith of Mary Fielding Smith

When the LDS missionaries came to Toronto in 1836, Mary Fielding Smith and her sister Mercy ran and warned their neighbors to avoid them, fearing the strange new church. Amazingly, only a few days later they were baptized. Parley Pratt wrote that the people in Toronto “drank in truth as water, and loved it as

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Emma at the Old Stone Church in Nauvoo

Imagine Nauvoo in 1847. The prophet has been murdered. The Saints have been expelled. The once bustling and beautiful city of thousands of Saints now stands “desolate” and “deserted.” After the Battle of Nauvoo, three cannons sit abandoned at the entryway to the temple. Their barrels bear down upon the barren City of the Saints,

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