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BYU displays items of Joseph Smith

PROVO, Utah — The L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library on BYU's Provo campus will display rare books, manuscripts and images of the Prophet Joseph Smith in an exhibit, "Remembering Joseph Smith, Jr.: 1805-2005," beginning Thursday, Dec. 8.

The exhibit will remain open through April 2006.

"Special Collections wants to be an important part of the 200th anniversary celebration of our founding prophet, his life and times," said David Whittaker, co-curator of the exhibit who is also the Western and Mormon manuscripts archivist for Special Collections.

The public is invited to visit the free exhibit and learn more about the life of the first leader of the Church.

The exhibit covers three distinct eras in Joseph's life and work: New York and New England, Ohio and Missouri, and Illinois. Three major works of LDS scripture will also be examined during these notable periods.

The exhibit, located on the library's first level, will display first editions of the Book of Mormon, the Book of Commandments, the Doctrine and Covenants and first-run editions of early Mormon newspapers, including The Evening and the Morning Star, The Latter-day Saints Messenger and Advocate and The Times and Seasons.

A replica of the original press that printed the first copies of the Book of Mormon will also be on display, as well as manuscripts and graphic images to help visitors discover more about Joseph's religious and secular achievements.

"This is our way of paying tribute and sharing the rare items held by Special Collections with students and the community," said Brother Whittaker.

"This is our way of paying tribute and sharing the rare items held by Special Collections with students and the community." — David Whittaker