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Behind the Scenes: Restoring Church History Sites

Salt Lake City — The early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spans a geographic distance of thousands of miles, all the way from England to the West Coast of the United States. Over the years, the Church has developed dozens of historic sites at or near locations where significant events in the history of the Church occurred. Exhibits and guides at each location tell the story of the Church and its people to thousands of visitors from around the world each year, encouraging a broader understanding of the time, the culture and the religious significance of each location.

“Historic sites emphasize the central places and events of [the history of Church] in locations such as the Joseph Smith Farm and the Sacred Grove in New York,” explains Jennifer Lund, director of Church history sites. “The sites also share examples of key gospel principles as they are expressed in the lives of Latter-day Saints.”
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