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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Pioneer Day Celebrated, Noted Elsewhere
Lawrence KS Journal-World 23Jul00 N6
By Calder Pickett

NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- As Mormonism's Utah minority anticipated the approach of its Jul 24th celebration of Pioneer Day, the majority of Mormons celebrated the arrival of the pioneers on Saturday at Church activities and on Sunday in Church services. Keeping with the LDS Church's suggestion two years ago to commemorate the Mormon Trek with service activities, many LDS congregations included service projects with their picnics and other activities.

The day was also recognized in the media, as the New York Times included the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in its "On This Day" column. Other this day in history columns around the US also recognized the day.

The Lawrence Kansas Journal-World carried the reminisces of columnist Calder Pickett, who grew up in Utah. Pickett says that Pioneer Day celebrations there were once bigger than those for the 4th of July, involving rodeos, parades and carnivals, and involved communities in Utah and Arizona as well as those in Utah.

Pickett also recommends two histories of the Mormon Trek, observing, "you don't have to be a Mormon to be an admirer of Brigham Young and what he accomplished." He says that among the best descriptions of the trek are Wallace Stegner's "Gathering of Zion" and Bernard de Voto's "The Year of Decision: 1846."


July 24 holiday meaningful to Mormons
Lawrence KS Journal-World 23Jul00 N6
By Calder Pickett


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See also:

Gathering of Zion More about "The Gathering of Zion" at

More about "The Year of Decision 1846 " at

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