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50 years ago

Progress on the new Relief Society Building continued with cornerstone ceremonies Thursday, Sept. 30, 1954, according to an article in the Oct. 2, 1954, Church News.

The article reported: "Surrounded by hundreds of Relief Society members from home and abroad, President David O. McKay, Thursday afternoon gave the dedicatory prayer at the cornerstone laying ceremonies of the organization's new office building."

Speaking at the event for the building under construction just a short distance northeast of the Salt Lake Temple were the current and immediate past general presidents of the Relief Society, Sister Belle S. Spafford and Sister Amy Brown Lyman, respectively.

The article stated: "Placed in the large metal box enclosed in the cornerstone were pictures, papers, clippings and other items concerning the Relief Society and its new building. Also it contained pictures of the General Authorities and microfilms of minutes of the Book of Records of Nauvoo, of the first issue of 'The Women's Exponent,' published in 1872 and of the volume one, number one of the 'Bulletin,' first published in 1914 and now called the 'Relief Society Magazine.' "

The building was dedicated in 1956 and currently houses the general offices of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations, according to the Deseret Morning News 2004 Church Almanac.

The ceremonies were a "fitting climax" to the Relief Society's annual conference, the Church News article added.

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