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Exhibiting MormonismThe Latter-day Saints and the 1893 Chicago World's Fair$
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Reid Neilson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195384031

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384031.001.0001

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The Utah World's Fair Commission

The Utah World's Fair Commission

The Utah Territory at the Columbian Exposition

(p.49) 2 The Utah World's Fair Commission
Exhibiting Mormonism

Reid L. Neilson

Oxford University Press

There were forty-four states in America when the Columbian Exposition opened to the world in May 1893. Utah was still a territory but was well on its way to statehood since polygamy had been disavowed by LDS leaders in 1890. Most states and territories, including Mormon-dominated Utah, sought to advertise their achievements on the international stage through local government-sponsored buildings and exhibits in the northern section of the White City. These costly structures became popular meeting places for residents of the various states as well as public showcases of their home state's contributions to the greatness of America. They also served as headquarters for state and territory officials who held numerous receptions and frequent parties, all in hopes of impressing the outside world. The leaders and citizens of the Territory of Utah, most of whom were Latter-day Saints, were especially eager to be involved in such a cosmopolitan event.

Keywords:   Mormon, Utah, Polygamy, Wilford Woodruff, Chicago World's Fair, Columbian Exposition, White City, anti-Mormonism, Chicago, Utah Building, mining, agricultural

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