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Summarized by Mike Nielsen

Time magazine does Nauvoo
Deseret News 25Apr00 D1
By Stephen A. Martin: Deseret News correspondent

NAUVOO, ILLINOIS -- A dozen Time magazine reporters, editors and photographers toured Nauvoo, Illinois, at the beginning of their two week trek down the Mississippi river. They talked with people about the town's historic restoration, but may return later because they think that there is more to the story. According to editor Barry Seaman, "There were too many church people there for people to talk openly."

When they reached Nauvoo, they were greeted by LDS church officials, and were introduced to the city's history and importance to the LDS church faithful. They viewed the site of the Nauvoo Temple, and some attended a luncheon while others sought out townspeople to interview in local shops.

Stories from the trip will appear in the magazine durin the week of July 4. CNN and CBS's "The Early Show" also may air reports that result from the trip. The trip is similar to one the magazine sponsored three years ago, which featured stops from Ocean City, Maryland, to San Francisco, California. The goal of such trips is to learn public opinion from the nation's interior, rather than merely the more common news centers of Washington and New York.

Townspeople in Nauvoo spoke to the reporters about the tremendous impact of the temple and tourism on their community. Yearly toursim is expected to quadruple from 250,000 to 1,000,000 visitors. Concern was voiced about how this will affect the town of 1,200.

David Van Biem, religion reporter for the magazine, noted that "You can go to a lot of recreations of historic this and historic that, but you can't go to a lot of recreations that have so much meaning to a group of people."


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