Church History


Library Events and Exhibits

In order to protect our patrons, employees, and missionaries, and comply with recommendations of local government, the Church History Library is closed to the public until further notice.

Learn about Church history from our staff through presentations and exhibits at the library and at conferences around the world.

Ongoing Exhibit

Foundations of Faith

The items in this exhibit are priceless foundational records from the Church’s history that document its Restoration and growth throughout the earth. Among the records you will see here are early editions of modern scripture, personal records of modern prophets, and evidence of key developments in Church doctrine and organization.
Location: Church History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah

Past Events and Exhibits

March 2020

BYU Church History Symposium—Visions and Visionaries
Date: March 12–13, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m., both mornings
Location: Thursday—BYU Conference Center; Friday—Assembly Hall & COB Auditorium
The program will feature over 40 presentations, 2 keynote speakers, and a plenary address by President Dallin H. Oaks. Admission is free and open to the public. No reservations or tickets are required.

Evenings at the Museum—My African Journey, featuring Clint Christensen
Date: March 12
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Church History Museum Auditorium, Salt Lake City
For the last few years, historian Clint Christensen has focused on documenting the histories of black Latter-day Saints. He will speak about his experiences. He will share examples of faith, trials, gifts of the Spirit, and contributions to building The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


February 2020

RootsTech 2020

Date: February 26–29, 2020
Location: Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT
To register or learn more, visit

Speakers and presentations by Church History Department employees: 

Angela Hallstrom, Ryan Saltzgiver, Lisa Tait
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., Room 255F  
Seeing Our Sisters in History

Scott Christensen, Alan Morrell
Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Room 150
S.O.S. (Save Our Stuff): Stories and Heirlooms 2

Ben Godfrey, Nathan Waite
Thursday, 1:30 p.m., Room 355F
The Joseph Smith Papers for Family Historians

Keith Erekson
Thursday, 4:30 p.m., Ballroom B  
Find Your Family in Church History

Steven Olsen, Joanne Milner 
Friday, 9:30 a.m., Ballroom G  
Life Stories—The Coach and the Curator

Emily Crumpton
Friday, 3:00 p.m., Room 255C
Utah Pioneer Research 101

Jennifer Hadley
Friday, 3:00 p.m., Emerald Room
Preserving the Fabric of Our Families

Scott Hales
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Ballroom B
Write History that People Will Actually Read

Angela Hallstrom, Ryan Saltzgiver, Lisa Tait
Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Room 150
Seeing Our Sisters and Women in History

Ben Godfrey, Nathan Waite
Saturday, 3:00 p.m., Room 150
Family History and the Joseph Smith Papers

January 2020

Society of American Archivists
Digital Archives Specialist Boot Camp

Date: January 27–29, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Church History Library, 15 East North Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah
Nauvoo Conference Room, L137

October 2019

Joseph Smith Papers Conference
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Conference Center Little Theater
Summary: Come hear various talks on topics such as Joseph’s expanding theology, protecting the Saints, the establishment of the Relief Society, and use of textual sources.

2019 Joseph Smith Papers Conference Registration

September 2019

The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Vol. 9-10 Public Lecture
Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Assembly Hall at Temple Square
Summary: Elizabeth Kuehn and Alex Smith will speak about “Joseph Smith, the Leader”