Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the worlds work, and the power to appreciate life.

Brigham Young

This Is The Place Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, Utah, will officially open its new education institute with an open house celebration on Friday, June 3 at 7 PM in the Social Hall. Among the activities scheduled are a ‘Meet and Mingle Session’ with six authors from our upcoming Joseph Smith lecture series and the unveiling of our C.C.A. Christensen Panorama exhibit.

The goal of This Is The Place Institute is to provide a wide variety of educational outreach programs and activities that explore many aspects of 19th century America. In addition, offered programs will look to other centuries to shed further light on this era. In that spirit, This Is The Place Institute will host lectures, workshops, teacher programs, conferences and festivals that celebrate our cultural roots.

This Is The Place Institute will sponsor the following events throughout 2005:

Lecture Series: Honoring Joseph Smith

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s birth, This Is The Place Institute is proud to sponsor a lecture series featuring a new expert each week discussing different aspects of Smith’s life and death. This is a tremendous opportunity to become better acquainted with this great man in an intimate and unparalleled setting.

When:  Friday nights from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM        

  Smoot Hall at This Is The Place Heritage Park
2601 East Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah

Cost:  Admittance is free with paid admission to the Park and to those with a Park membership

June 10

Scot and Maurine Proctor

Lucy Mack Smith:  Like Mother, Like Son

June 17

Shannon Tracy

In Search of Joseph: What Did Joseph Smith Look Like?

June 24

Jeffrey O’ Driscoll

Hyrum Smith: A Life of Integrity

July 1

Richard E. Turley, Jr.

Joseph Smith: Stories for Children

July 8

Ted Gibbons

Sealing the Testimony: Willard Richards’ Eyewitness Account of the Martyrdom

July 15

Heidi Swinton

Stand By My Servant Joseph

July 29

Mark McConkie

Joseph Smith Among the Prophets

August 5

Liz Lemon Swindle

Joseph Smith: Impressions of a Prophet

August 12

Susan Easton Black

Joseph Smith: A Prisoner in Missouri

August 19

Paul Smith

Prophetic Destiny: The Saints in the Rocky Mountains

August 26

Jimmy Parker

Joseph Smith’s Vision for Family History and Temple Work

C.C.A. Christensen’s Mormon Panorama

Prior to movies and television, a popular form of entertainment in the 19th century was the moving panorama. The panorama was a theatrical event that was accompanied by a rousing lecture and musical entertainment. Canvases of large paintings depicting anything from travelogues to battle scenes were stitched together and rolled onto a scroll that was then reeled across the stage giving the illusion of passing scenery as seen from a moving vehicle.

Just as C.C.A. traveled to communities in the 19th century, he will be making stops at our Deseret Village throughout 2005 to entertain guests with his stirring presentation. C.C.A. Christensen, as portrayed by an actor, will present his most famous Mormon Panorama, that traces the events of early Church history from The First Vision to the Entering of the Salt Lake Valley. Guests become part of the experience as they sing hymns throughout the evening.

“With the actual script used by C.C.A., the historic setting of the Park and a handmade roller to view the artwork, guests will feel as if they have literally traveled back in time,” said Jan Harris, director of This Is The Place Institute.

The Mormon Panorama is a monumental work, each painting is 6 ½ feet high and 10 feet wide. Stitched together, the painted canvases form a scroll 175 feet in length. C.C.A. would load his panorama into his wagon to make his presentation at schools and churches throughout the intermountain west, generally in the winter months when farm chores at his home in Ephraim, Utah were minimal.

C.C.A. created 23 dramatic scenes depicting the miracles and persecutions of the young Church hoping to inspire his generation with the power of their religious heritage. His goal was certainly met in the past as he brought his novel and impressive entertainment to quiet pioneer villages. The true testament to the power of Christensen’s visual masterpiece is that today, amid all of our technological distractions, it continues to inspire present and future generations.

C.C.A.’s Mormon Panorama will be shown on special event days throughout the summer and is available for group showings upon request. Please call (801) 582-1847 for available dates and times.

Dutch Oven Cook-Off

July 2

The Dutch oven was indispensable to pioneers and is still popular with thousands of families today. This mouth-watering tradition will reappear at Deseret Village during our Liberty Days Celebration. In addition to the cook-off, we will have Dutch oven concessions, free demonstrations from members of the International Dutch Oven Society and a cookbook for sale featuring those recipes being prepared that day.

The Liberty Days Celebration is Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 from 10 AM to 9 PM at This Is The Place Heritage Park.

Beehive Jubilee Folk Music Festival

July 22 (6-9 PM)

July 23 (12-9 PM)

July 25 (12-5 PM)

Well-known folk bands will serenade the crowd with delightful old-time Utah music. As social dancing was the most popular activity among the pioneers, guests today won’t want to resist the temptation to kick up their heels during the community dance. Workshops will also be taught on playing the penny whistle, fiddle, harmonica and rhythm instruments such as bones, spoons, or pitchforks.

The Beehive Jubilee Folk Music Festival is part of our Pioneer Festival held on Saturday, July 23 and Monday, July 25 from 10 AM to 9 PM.

This is the Place Heritage Park is home to This Is The Place Monument and Deseret Village, a collection of 40+ original and reconstructed homes and buildings from Utah’s pioneer period. Deseret Village and the Monument are open year-round, with our living history interpretive season open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and during special events throughout the year.

This is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Avenue, Salt Lake City, is managed by This is the Place Foundation, a private, non-profit organization. Admission prices are $6 for adults and $4 for children and seniors. Call (801) 582-1847 or visit for more information.