Kenneth Mays is a board member of the Ensign Peak Foundation (formerly Mormon Historic Sites Foundation) and a retired instructor in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Department of Seminaries and Institutes.

Emma’s childhood home at Harmony survived until sometime between 1873-1875 when it burned to the ground
Thomas Jefferson was president of the U.S. when the Prophet Joseph Smith was born
Brigham Young’s life began less than 100 miles from Sharon, Vermont, where the Prophet Joseph Smith would be born four and a half years later
At the beginning of the 19th century, a revival swept America and was known as the Second Great Awakening
The Prophet Joseph Smith’s ancestors lived in Topsfield, which is about 30 miles north of Boston
At 7,400 feet of elevation, it was one of the highest points on the California, Pony Express and Mormon Pioneer National Historic trails. It was often simply referred to as “the summit.”
Cache Cave and Echo Canyon, Utah, were two distinct natural features on the Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail.
On June 28, 1847, President Brigham Young met and spent an evening conversing with Jim Bridger, the famous mountain man.
The tasks of maintaining and improving Nauvoo, Illinois, as a historic site and destination are ongoing and challenging. To do this successfully requires planning and significant effort.
In June 1834, 13 members of the Camp of Israel or Zion’s Camp died from the effects of cholera. Their deaths occurred at Rush Creek, Clay County, Missouri, near the home of Algernon Sidney Gilbert.
For decades the Hill Cumorah Pageant has presented stories from the Book of Mormon and church history utilizing drama, music and spoken word. The pageant will be discontinued following the 2020 season.
Robert Smith of Kirton, Lincolnshire, England, is an ancestor on the paternal line of the Prophet Joseph Smith. However, any further understanding of the line stops with him as nothing is known of his parents or siblings.
Along with being a natural wonder, Devil’s Gate, the gorge cut by the Sweetwater River in southern Natrona County, Wyoming, was a well noted landmark on the Oregon, Mormon and California trails.
The ministry of President Gordon B. Hinckley produced new generations of temples as well as a number of new and innovative sites and structures open to the general public.
Along with the Carthage Jail itself, several documents and artifacts from the events of June 27, 1844, are still extant.
President Gordon B. Hinckley had a strong interest in the historic sites associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He did much to identify and preserve the history and historic sites of the church.
There are numerous sites and structures associated with the full and eventful life of President Gordon B. Hinckley that are still extant today.
Independence Rock, one of the best known landmarks on the pioneer trail of the 1800s, is an official historic site of the state of Wyoming. It is open to the general public 24 hours a day.
The settlement of St. Thomas, Nevada was founded and then abandoned by pioneer era members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Resettled by others and then buried under the waters of Lake Mead, its ruins are now visible again.
The pioneer trail in Natrona County west of Casper, Wyoming, passed through two ridges of upended, jagged rock. This site, referred to as Rock Avenue, can be visited today.
Edward Hunter was a successful farmer in the Brandywine Valley where he joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He donated much in labor and resources over the years. He was called as the third presiding bishop of the church.
In January 1840, the Prophet Joseph Smith preached in a Universalist church building to a large congregation. That extant building is now a Jewish synagogue.