Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fairview, Utah Pioneer Museum. Pioneer lace and alter cloths from the Manti Temple.

The last week of August I traveled with a group of Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) to visit Central and Southern Utah sights and settlements. I enjoyed the collections in the Fairview, Utah Pioneer Museum where my pictures were random and usually blurred.

These pictures of laces and doilies found in the Manti Temple basement at the time of its renovation (presumably 1981-1985) have gained added meaning.

I recently attended Kris Wright’s Men and Women of Faith lecture: “Bread, Water, Oil, and Cloth: Religious Objects, Mormon Women, and Ritual.” And now I look at these treasured pieces with increased respect and reverence.  

The temple was completed in 1888, and a private dedication was held on May 17, 1888, with a prayer written by Wilford Woodruff. Three public dedications were held on May 21–23, 1888, and were directed by Lorenzo Snow.

May 14, 1888, John Hamilton Morgan Journal, Special Collections, Marriott Library, University of Utah.,
In the evening drove over to Manti and stopped at the church boarding House. Walked up to the Temple and took a look through. Everything on the grandest scale.