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50 years ago

Plans to place a copper box containing memorabilia in the "This Is the Place" monument from the era of its construction were announced in the April 26, 1947, Church News.

President Brigham Young's two surviving daughters, Mabel Young Sanborn and Fannie V. Young Clayton, were invited to officiate at the ceremonies scheduled for June 1, the anniversary of Brigham Young's birth.

"The copper box will contain the names of all contributors to the monument, regardless of amount," the article stated. "It will also contain current local newspapers and newspapers from principal cities along the old pioneer trail from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City. It will also contain current coins and postage stamps, Centennial stamps and other souvenirs or mementos of the present day."

The size of the box was 18-by-18 inches, three feet deep. The cover was to be permanently welded onto the box which would then "be placed at the base of the main pylon in a cement receptacle immediately behind the cornerstone," according to the article.

Those people who wanted their names added to the lists that would be put in the copper box were given until May 24 to make a contribution.

"Will your name be on the preserved lists?" the article concluded.

Quote from the past

"Now today I think we have reason to be grateful. There is trouble ahead. The world is in a sickened condition and until the people of the world repent of their sins and return to the true and living God, there will be no peace that will be worthy of the name and it is our duty to set the example; it is our duty to hold aloft the banner of truth." - President George Albert Smith in the October 1947 general conference

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