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Welcome to the Mormon Historic Sites Registry!

The Mormon Historic Sites Registry is a resource provided by the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation to identify and present information about sites related to the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our vision is to create a comprehensive resource of historic sites located throughout the world with historical information, personal accounts, multimedia, and visitor information. We add additional sites each week, so if you don't find what you are looking for check back or submit the site to us you are searching for.

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Carthage Jail

The Three Witnesses Monument
Photo courtesy Steve Mortensen

  Three Witnesses Monument

Richmond, Missouri, USA

Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer were appointed to be three special witnesses of the Book of Mormon in June 1829. Every copy of the Book of Mormon includes the testimony of their experience in which the angel Moroni appeared and showed them the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated.

Although each left the Church, Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris eventually returning, they never denied their testimony of this experience.

Oliver returned to the Church in 1848 after having been absent from membership for ten years. He visited the Saints in Kanesville, where he was rebaptized. He hoped to travel west with the Saints, but his health failed him and he died in 1850 in Richmond, Missouri. This monument is located over his believed gravesite.

The Three Witnesses Monument was erected in 1911 under the direction of Junius F. Wells. A metal casket within a concrete base was placed under the monument which contained copies of the History of the Church, Volume 1, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine & Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, the Cowdery Family Geneology, the Contributor, Volume 5 containing George Reynolds' "History of the Book of Mormon," and engraved portraits of Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, & David Whitmer. The dedication of the monument occurred on November 22, 1911 and was performed by Elder Heber J. Grant.


Recent Additions to the Registry
  Troost Park Marker added

October 30, 2006

"The marker at Troost Park was erected to commemorate the first log schoolhouse in Jackson County. On August 2, 1831, the Prophet Joseph Smith and others assisted the Colesville Saints in placing the first log as a foundation for the establishment of Zion. It was done at the site of the building which was to be both a school and a church. A ten-inch oak was cut and carried to the designated location by 12 men representing the Twelve Tribes of Israel."


Troost Park Marker  
  Garden Grove Garden Grove added

October 30, 2006

"Garden Grove was the first temporary way station established in Iowa by the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who left Nauvoo, Illinois because of persecution. Garden Grove lies approximately 145 miles west of Nauvoo in southern Iowa. It was established near the Weldon Fork of the Grand River on April 24, 1846 and operated until it was abandoned in 1852."



Recent News in Church History
  Foundation to honor 2 LDS historians Opens in a New Window

November 4, 2006 - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"The Mormon Historic Sites Foundation will honor two LDS historians tonight for their devotion to documenting the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The foundation's annual Junius F. Wells Award will go to Karl Ricks Anderson and his brother, Richard Lloyd Anderson. Karl Anderson has become known as..."
  Brigham Young's chair returned to Utah Opens in a New Window

November 4, 2006 - Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Two great-great-great-grandsons of Brigham Young presented to the Mormon church an heirloom rocking chair that one of Young's many wives likely sat in to soothe their children. Brothers Bob and Skip Young say the chair has been cherished by their family, but its historical value would be better appreciated by the church and the residents of the city founded by..."
  Family donates Brigham Young's chair to LDS Church Opens in a New Window

November 4, 2006 - ABC 4

"Two brothers who are descendants of Brigham Young donated a wonderful gift to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Friday: A rocking chair once owned by Brigham Young..."
  Music, spoken word to mark 150 years since handcart trek Opens in a New Window

October 27, 2006 - Deseret Morning News

"To mark a 150-year milestone, the story of a group of Mormon pioneers on their way to Utah will be told through orchestral music and spoken word. The 1856 journey of the Edward Martin and James Willie pioneer handcart companies will be showcased through a newly composed orchestral chorus, written by a Utah composer and sung and played by Utah Valley State College Symphony Orchestra and A Cappella Choir this..."
  1867 Mormon Tabernacle Pews Are Casualties of a Face-Lift Opens in a New Window

October 26, 2006 - New York Times

"When the historic Tabernacle, the egg-shaped building that is home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, reopens next year after a lengthy face-lift and seismic retrofit, visitors will find something new: the pews. The loss of the original, and uncomfortable, pine pews, handmade in 1867 and meticulously etched and painted to look like oak, angers many..."