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Kathryn Daynes to present "House of Learning" lecture Dec. 11

A Brigham Young University assistant professor of history will discuss 19th century plural marriage among women members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a "House of Learning" lecture Thursday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. in the Harold B. Lee Library auditorium.

Kathryn Daynes will give a lecture titled "Famine, Frostbite, Pioneers and Plural Wives." The lecture, sponsored by the Lee Library, is free and open to the public.

Daynes' lecture is based on her recent book, "More Wives Than One: Transformation of the Mormon Marriage System, 1840-1910."

The book was awarded Book of the Year honors by the Mormon History Association and the Utah State Historical Society in 2001.

The percentage of plural wives among LDS members in Utah was the highest during the 1850s, and declined over subsequent years. The lecture will chart the changing proportions of the LDS women who married as plural wives during that time.

Daynes came to BYU in 1994 after receiving her doctorate degree at Indiana University.

For more information, contact Mike Hooper at (801) 422-6687.

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