In cooperation with the Pioneer Sesquicentennial Committee of the Church, Deseret Book Co. is preparing to publish three books to help commemorate and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the entry of the pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley.
"This event is of signal import in the history of the Church and provides an opportunity to celebrate the efforts of pioneers throughout the world in this dispensation," said Gordon W. Romney, executive secretary of the committee."We invite Church members who may have real-life stories that might be included in these books, the Church News or Church magazines to respond to Sesquicentennial Committee, 50 E. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150."
The Deseret Book books are:
Growing Up with Utah will contain first-person accounts of children and teenagers (up to age 20) who grew up in pioneer Utah (1847-1915). Accounts may come from diaries, journals, life histories or typed oral interviews. Sources must be provided, as well as names of parents and additional information regarding their later life.
In particular, stories are needed about any young person who witnessed and described any of the following: the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, the dedication of any early Utah temple, the original Utah statehood celebration of 1896, living the United Order or being in the Hole-in-the-Rock expedition. Also needed are accounts of youth who had positive experiences with Indians, youth involved in the silk industry, youth who worked at ZCMI, youth who were Pony Express riders or telegraph operators, and youth who had spiritual or testimony-strengthening experiences.
Life Along the Mormon Trail will contain first-person accounts of men, women and families and their emigration from Europe, their experiences crossing the plains, or their early settlement experiences. Accounts may come from diaries, journals, life histories or typed oral interviews and must be fully documented with sources.
Modern-day Pioneers will contain stories and experiences of Church members from around the world who have pioneered the forward movement of the gospel in all lands. These stories should demonstrate pioneering qualities such as faith, courage, fortitude, resilience, devotion to God and commitment to the gospel kingdom.