The Hill Cumorah Pageant: A Historical Perspective

Title

The Hill Cumorah Pageant: A Historical Perspective

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2004

Authors

Journal

Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Pagination

58-69, 171

Volume

13

Issue

1-2

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Argetsinger, Gerald S. "The Hill Cumorah Pageant: A Historical Perspective" In Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 13. 2004:58-69, 171.

Abstract

Almost every summer since 1935, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has staged a pageant at the Hill Cumorah. This article starts with the history of the pageant from its beginnings in the 1920s as a Cumorah Conference of the Eastern States Mission convened by mission president B. H. Roberts and held at the Smith Family Farm. Details about the pageant’s move to the Hill Cumorah as well as scripts, directors, music, costumes, props, set design, lighting, and choreography are included. The author concludes with the details of retiring the original script after 50 years of use and of the challenges of producing and revitalizing the new pageant while maintaining its purpose as a missionary tool.

Missionary Work
Hill Cumorah

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