Church History

The Joseph Smith Papers project has published an ebook featuring records from nearly 200 legal cases involving Joseph Smith as plaintiff, defendant, witness or judge.

After guiding a handcart pioneer company to Utah in 1856, Edward Martin went on to become a prominent photographer. Many of his images are preserved and available for viewing digitally in the Church History Catalog.

The Liberty Jail door, portraits of Joseph and Emma Smith, Book of Mormon translation documents and more bring the Restoration to life, historians say.

The Church Historian's Press announced the digital publication of the journals of Eliza Chipman and Josephine Booth, two of the first young women to serve as full-time missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Historian Brent Rogers presents new research on the interesting relationship between famous showman William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody and early Latter-day Saints.

Historic sites ‘remind us of events, they remind us of people, they tie us to the past. But above all, they help us to know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty,’ said Elder Kyle S. McKay, who joins the Church News podcast with historian Matt Grow.

Elder Kyle S. McKay and Matt Grow discuss the significance of Kirtland Temple, Nauvoo sites — and when artifacts will go on display in the Church History Museum.

Latter-day Saints and others react to the Church’s acquisition of the temple and explain how their testimonies are strengthened by experiences there.

Following the purchase of the Kirtland Temple, here’s a look at the history of the Church in Kirtland, Ohio.

Following the purchase of the Nauvoo House, Red Brick Store and other properties, here is a look at the history of the Church in Nauvoo, Illinois.