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Mormon home in 19th century topic of Lee Library lecture Jan. 14

Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library will host a lecture by Lowell Bennion and Thomas Carter titled “Twelve Mormon Homes: Touring Utah with Elizabeth and Thomas L. Kane, 1872-1873,” Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m. in the library auditorium on the first level.

The lecture accompanies the exhibit “In Honorable Remembrance: Thomas L. Kane and the Latter-day Saints” featured in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Bennion and Carter will expand on notes and letters from Elizabeth Kane, who travelled through Utah with her husband, Thomas, in the late 1800s. Her journal describes the towns, houses and polygamous families they encountered.

In 1874, she published her findings in the account “Twelve Mormon Homes.” The lecture will highlight a house and family that Kane featured in her account — the home of Samuel Pitchforth in Nephi.

Bennion received his doctoral degree from Syracuse University and spent his academic career teaching geography at Humboldt State University in California. His publications center on Mormon historical geography, with emphasis on the historical demography of plural marriage.

Carter received his doctorate degree in American folklore from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is an associate professor in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah. His publications explore the dwellings of common people in Utah and in the West.

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Writer: Angela Fischer

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