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To the Peripheries of Mormondom: The Apostolic Around-the-World Journey of David O. McKay, 1920-1921 by Hugh J. Cannon, ed. by Reid Neilson. University of Utah Press, 2012. 350 pp. Hardcover. Reg. $29.95, DEAL OF THE DAY $20.99 (SAVE 30%!). The year-long fact-finding mission of apostle David O. McKay and his traveling companion Hugh J. Cannon to places historian Leonard J. Arrington has called the “geographic and organizational periphery” of Mormondom was one of the most significant moments of the twentieth century for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Reid L. Neilson annotates Cannon’s detailed account, enriching the experience for scholarly and lay readers alike. With fifty-four previously unpublished photographs from the journey, this edition is sure to entice readers. It also includes appendixes listing Hugh J. Cannon’s Deseret News articles published from December 1920 to March 1922; a list of David O. McKay’s diaries, conference notebooks, and family correspondence for the same period; and a chronology of all LDS missions visited by McKay and Cannon.
Exhibiting Mormonism: The Latter-day Saints and the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair by Reid L. Neilson. Oxford, 2011. 224 pp. Hardback. Reg. $29.95, DEAL OF THE DAY, $20.99 (SAVE 30%!). Signed. The 1893 Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, presented the Latter-day Saints with their first opportunity to exhibit the best of Mormonism for a national and an international audience after the abolishment of polygamy in 1890. The Columbian Exposition also marked the dramatic reengagement of the LDS Church with the non-Mormon world after decades of seclusion in the Great Basin. In the first study ever written of Mormon participation at the Chicago World’s Fair, Reid L. Neilson explores how Latter-day Saints attempted to ”exhibit” themselves to the outside world before, during, and after the Columbian Exposition, arguing that their participation in the Exposition was a crucial moment in the Mormon migration to the American mainstream and its leadership’s discovery of public relations efforts. After 1893, Mormon leaders sought to exhibit their faith rather than be exhibited by others. Signed copies available.
**Buy both together for $40 and receive a free copy of Mormon Thoroughfare: A History of the Church in Illinois, 1830-1839 (ed. by Marlene C. Kettley, Arnold K. Garr & Craig K. Manscill), published by the Religious Studies Center. Paperback. 124 pp.