A President, a Church, and Trails West: Competing Histories by Jon E. Taylor

By Jon E. Taylor

During the last century, 3 nationally major histories have vied for house and position in Independence, Missouri. Independence used to be declared Zion by way of Joseph Smith, served as a meeting and provisioning aspect for trails west, and used to be known as domestic via President Truman for sixty-four years. Taylor has built-in learn from newspapers, public files, oral histories, and personal papers to element how the group has preserved those quite a few legacies. He areas the function of protection in Independence not just in the better context of upkeep within the usa but in addition in the context of yankee environmental heritage.

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David Hamer, History in Urban Places: The Historic Districts of the United States; Lina Confresi and Rosetta Radtke, “Local Government Programs,” in Robert M. , A Richer Heritage: Historic Preservation in the Twenty-first Century, 121–31. 19. See Arnold R. Alanen and Robert Z. , Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America; Confresi and Radtke, “Local Government Programs,” in Stipe, Richer Heritage, 140–41; Genevieve P. Keller and J. Timothy Keller, “Preserving Important Landscapes,” in Stipe, Richer Heritage, 187–222.

10 The church wanted to reorganize and restore the original teachings of Joseph Smith. Ultimately its members wanted to return to Independence to fulfill Smith’s vision of creating Zion on earth. They referred to their movement as the Reorganization. However, Joseph Smith III realized it would take time for church members to be ready to return to the community that had successfully expelled them in 1833. In 1867 he wrote that there were material and spiritual components to Zion. The saints had to have the economic resources to support a community in Independence, and he cautioned members that unless they were economically ready to return, they should stay put and continue to conserve and build up their resources.

Clearly, the church, in selecting this name, wanted to distinguish itself from the Utah church. 14 In 1881 the church headquarters moved closer to Missouri, and church leaders made Lamoni, Iowa, their base of operations. 15 In April 1882 the spotlight again shone on Independence, when church members decided to host their annual general conference at the newly completed church. This was the first time the conference was held in Independence. The conference brought four hundred people to Independence and focused on the efforts the church had made to distance itself from Utah.

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