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The Mormons in Arizona:  Who They Were, Why They Came and What They Achieved

One of the most successful settlers’ groups in territorial Arizona were the Mormons (Latter Day Saints).  Their first presence was the Mormon Battalion that marched through Tucson in 1846 on their way to California as part of the Mexican-American War.  In the 1860s and 70s LDS parties explored possible settlement sites along the Arizona Strip bordering Utah.  Early settlements were in northern Arizona, Mesa and the Gila Valley/St. David areas.  Today the Mormons are the second largest religious group in Arizona just behind the Roman Catholic Church.  This course will trace its development, its challenges and contributions to Arizona’s prosperity.

Presenter:  Catherin Hunt Ellis was born in Holbrook, a descendant of LDS who came to Arizona before 1880.  She is a published author of many articles and eight books in the Arcadia “Images of America” series, one of which is Latter Day Saints in Tucson.

3 Fridays at 2:00 p.m. in March, the 1st, 8th and 15th in the Activity Center’s Hopi Room.

Click HERE for a brief introductory video