Museum Programs

    Evenings at the Museum

    2018 Schedule

    The Church’s spiritual, artistic, and cultural legacy grows every day. Learn more about the Church’s past, present, and future from guest speakers and performers from around the world.

    Launch Party for Saints

    Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 6:00–9:00 p.m. 

    Come celebrate the release of Saints: The Standard of Truth, volume one of the new, four-volume history of the Church! From 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. there will be a lecture by Dr. Steven C. Harper, managing historian of Saints, and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. there will be a reception in the museum lobby with live music, refreshments, activities for families, and the opportunity to meet the Saints production team. The book will be available for purchase in the museum store throughout the evening. 


    Pioneer Fair and Bowery Dance

    Friday, July 20, 2018, 5:00–9:00 p.m.

    Celebrate the 1847 arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley with “pioneers” from the museum’s living history program and a good old-fashioned, kick-up-your-heels dance with musicians and dance callers from the Haywire Ranch String Band. Enjoy pioneer games, crafts, trades, music, dancing, and fun for all ages!

    “In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions”: Black Mormon Pioneer Experiences

    Thursday, February 15, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    The first black members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were a vital part of the early history of the Church. They served missions and shared the gospel. As the Church moved west, they helped build Nauvoo and Winter Quarters and drove wagons across the plains to the Salt Lake Valley. Once in the valley, they helped rescue the stranded Willie and Martin handcart companies, built roads and communities, and raised families in the Mormon settlements of the West. Many of them experienced great tragedies and losses, but they lived lives of service and built a strong heritage of faith for their descendants and the Church. Join us for an evening of the stories of early Latter-day Saints, including Green Flake, Jane Manning James, Venus Redd, Samuel and Amanda Chambers, Thomas Bankhead, and many others.

    1846: Visualizing a Church on the Move

    Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was in a state of flux in 1846. Nauvoo was gradually evacuated, and Saints from there and elsewhere simultaneously headed in many directions as they prepared to resettle in the West. Complex events like these can be difficult to track, but in this special presentation, BYU professor Brandon S. Plewe will show how visualization methods, such as the maps and time lines in Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History, can help us understand these important narratives in time and space.

    Watch here for more information coming soon and a schedule of upcoming Evenings at the Museum in 2018.