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By The Studio Press Release

New Mountain Meadows Massacre Video Documents LDS Pioneer History

HURRICANE, UTAH -- The Mountain Meadows Massacre continues to be a fascinating historical subject in pioneer and Utah history. Videotape of this tragic event is being distributed by The Studio, Inc. in Hurricane, Utah and was released to the public at the LDS Booksellers Association Convention in Salt Lake City last month.

Vern Lee, Great Grandson of pioneer participant John D. Lee stated, "It's my opinion that the video is the closest to the truth as I understand it, of any media document." High praise was also given to the video as it received two Telly awards and was a finalist in the Best Documentary and Best Historical Educational Program categories.

Filmed on location, under the direction of executive producer Eric Young, the Mountain Meadows Massacre took place in September of 1857. Nearly 140 Arkansas emigrants were camped near Enterprise in Southwestern Utah. Local residents had heard rumors that the U.S. Army was en route to put down the growing Mormon movement, so the wagon train was viewed with suspicion and animosity. The Fancher-Baker Party was attacked without warning by Indians and later by the local Mormon militia. In all, approximately 120 people were killed.

Reenactments, journal entries and authentic photographs tell all sides of the Mountain Meadows Massacre and are based on research by well-known author and historian Juanita Brooks. The video includes interviews with top historians including former St. George Mayor Carl Brooks, Charles Peterson, and Paul Furr. Local author Lyman Hafen also lends credible research to the project.

20 years after the massacre, participant John D. Lee, founder of Lee's Ferry, was arrested in Panguitch Utah while visiting relatives. He stood trial in Beaver, Utah in 1877. He was convicted and executed by a firing squad on the very spot that the Mountain Meadows Massacre took place. The Mountain Meadows Massacre video reveals actual court documents regarding the trial and is presented by Faye Reber, an attorney and avid historian from St. George.

Stella Lee Shamo, great granddaughter to John D. Lee and a representative of the family organization, recently viewed the documentary. "I'm impressed by the truthful portrayal and the manner in which the historical facts are presented. It's as accurate a representation as I have ever seen," Shamo, a resident of Hurricane stated.

If you would like more information or to purchase The Mountain Meadows Massacre video visit or call The Studio at 435-635-2060.


New Mountain Meadows Massacre Video Documents LDS Pioneer History
The Studio Press Release 25Sep01 A6


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