Douglas County Historical Society’s monthly program, Second Sunday Series, begins again for 2017 with a presentation entitled “Mormon Pioneers at the Missouri 1846-1852” given by Elder Jay Crandall on Sunday, January 8 at 2 p.m. Elder Crandall currently serves as the Director of the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters.
Following displacement from Nauvoo, Illinois, the Mormon migration found itself in what is now the Florence neighborhood during the harsh winter of 1846-1847. Elder Crandall’s presentation will cover this time period exploring why the Florence site was chosen, what daily life in the settlement was like, how the group became connected with the Civil War, and where the journey continued following their departure.
The history of the Mormon migration is a story of American pioneers making the difficult journey west to settle and craft a better life. Elder Crandall’s presentation will illustrate how the Florence area of Douglas County provided this group with settlement and shelter during the trek along with the broader context of the this moment in the Mormon migration.
The Second Sunday Series consists of once per month presentations that serve to highlight a diverse range of topics related to Douglas County and covering various periods of our community’s history. The Second Sunday Series is offered free of charge to DCHS members as a benefit of their membership. We welcome all community members interested to attend $5 and due to limited space we ask all to RSVP either by phone at 402-455-9990 or email at Members@DouglasCoHistory.org