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Benemerito School subject of exhibit, events at BYU gallery beginning Sept. 16

Family home evening Sept. 16, official exhibit opening Sept. 18

The Education in Zion Gallery at Brigham Young University will be unveiling a new free exhibit, “Hastening the Work: The Story of Benemerito,” Wednesday, Sept. 18, with an opening reception from 4 to 8 p.m. at the base of the spiral stairs in the Joseph F. Smith Building.

The reception will include remarks by Jennifer Pastenbaugh, dean of the Harold B. Lee Library, and Barbara Morgan, assistant professor of Church history at BYU and curator of the exhibit. BYU Dining Services will serve Tres Leches cake to the first 200 guests, and a Mexican folk dance will be performed.

The exhibit tells the story of Benemerito, a private high school in Mexico founded in 1964 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The school was closed in 2013 and converted into a Missionary Training Center for the Church. Artifacts of student life will be displayed. The exhibit will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday nights.

In collaboration with the Benemerito exhibit, the gallery is offering free family home evening events on Mondays, Sept. 16, 30 and Oct. 14 at 7 and 8 p.m. during Mormon Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15). FHE lessons will center on the exhibit and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants should call the gallery information desk at (801) 422-6519 to make reservations.

For more information, contact Heather Seferovich, curator of the Education in Zion Gallery, (801) 422-3451, or visit educationinzion.byu.edu.

Writer: Hwa Lee

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