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BYU's Education in Zion exhibit offers free group tours Monday nights

Brigham Young University’s “Education in Zion” exhibit in the Joseph F. Smith Building will begin hosting its “Giants of the Past” group tours Monday nights from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening event, especially geared toward family home evening groups, will let friends, families and students step into the past with costumed gallery directors who will reenact scenes from the lives of the great educators of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The new FHE programs are scheduled for Sept. 27; Oct. 4, 11 and 25; Nov. 8 and 22; and Dec. 13. The evenings will begin at 6 p.m. and continue every 30 minutes until 9 p.m. The 6 and 6:30 p.m. programs are specifically for families with small children. Admission is free. Visit for more information.

“One of the great things about our FHE program is that it combines the lesson and the activity,” said Adam Watson, gallery curator. “The big draw to our FHE program seems to be the costumed storytellers. Having famous educators from Church history [like Eliza R. Snow and Parley P. Pratt] tell stories can be lot more entertaining than playing Frisbee every week.”

“Education in Zion” opened in fall 2008 and is now under the direction of the Harold B. Lee Library. The exhibit includes inspiring stories shared through film, artwork, photographs and letters thoughtfully displayed in the open gallery space, with several conversation areas that offer visitors a stunning view of the Wasatch Mountains.

The gallery and permanent exhibition explore a tradition of learning that aims to educate the whole soul, and it documents the rich history and heritage of education in the Church from the revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith to the current worldwide activities of the Church Educational System.

For large groups, call the gallery Information Desk at (801) 422-6519 or visit

Writer: Philip Volmar

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