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Journals of Cache County pioneer released by BYU Religious Studies Center

Valuable history of Cache Valley, American West and pioneer Utah

The Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University has released a new book, “The Diaries of Charles Ora Card: The Utah Years, 1871-1886,” edited by Donald G. Godfrey and Kenneth W. Godfrey.

The new book, available at the BYU Bookstore, tells the story of Card’s leadership in early Utah. He served in a number of important civic, educational and ecclesiastical positions in Cache Valley, including his calling as superintendent of the construction of the Logan Tabernacle and Logan Temple.

Card’s diaries provide a valuable history of Cache Valley, the American West and the early pioneers in Utah, as well as details of how stakes, wards and church leadership functioned in the 19th century.

Donald G. Godfrey is a professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He edits the “Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media,” and his articles on Mormon history have appeared in the “Journal of Mormon History and The American Review of Canadian Studies.”

Kenneth W. Godfrey spent 37 years in the Church Educational System of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a teacher and administrator and has published several articles on Mormon history in various publications throughout the country.

For more information, contact Devan Jensen at (801) 422-9304.

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