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

    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.

    Past Events and Exhibits

    March 2020

    Date: March 12–13, 2020

    Time: 9:00 a.m., both mornings

    Location: Thursday—BYU Conference Center; Friday—Assembly Hall and COB Auditorium

    The program will feature over 40 presentations, two 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.

    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, Utah

    To register or learn more, visit rootstech.org.

    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.

    September 2019

    The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Vol. 910 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.”