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Exhibiting Mormonism: The Latter-day Saints and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

Reid Neilson


The 1893 Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, presented the Latter‐day Saints with their first post‐polygamy opportunity to exhibit the best of Mormonism for a national and an international audience. 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. Between May and October 1893, over seven thousand Latter‐day Saints from Utah attended the international spectacle popularly described as the “White City.” While many traveled as tourists, oblivious to the opportunities t ... More

Keywords: Mormon, Latter-day Saints, Chicago World's Fair, Columbian Exposition, World's Parliament of Religions, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Utah, polygamy, image

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195384031
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384031.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reid Neilson, author
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints