On the second floor, the walls for the offices have been taken out and there is a wonderful display of antique quilts. During the restoration of Nauvoo, people dontated the quilts for display. Some of them are very old.
Monday, July 30, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Then you go into the main room downstairs. Everything is the same on each side. The benches have very straight high backs. I think they are quite comfortable. But no cushions.
Closer view of the front.
And on each side is an identical cute little stove.
Upstairs they used to display souvenir items that missionaries would bring back from their missions. They called them "curiosities". Now there is a display of artifacts that were found during the restoration of Nauvoo.
There is a library where you can find the names of the Seventies who lived in Nauvoo.
There are matching book cases on each side.
I found my ancestor, Nathan Williams Packer, in one of the books. His brother, Jonathan Taylor Packer is there also (on a different page). He is Boyd K. Packer's ancestor.
|It's hard to see but he's first on this page|
I really like serving in the Seventies Hall and it's even more fun when I get to serve there with Elder Knudsen.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
This is a really cute little bakery - and a real favorite of the guests. It is almost always busy and very small inside so you often have to start a tour around back - outside. Sometimes it's a little cooler in the shade - but not in July, and that seems to be when most of the people come.
|Tiny summer kitchen and outhouse|
Behind me - in the corner - is a really steep spiral staircase to the basement. You have to come up them practically on hands and feet.
Lucious and his wife, Lury, endured much persecution along with the Saints in Ohio, Missouri, and then in Nauvoo, but Lucious was a very kind and generous man. When the Saints left Kirtland, he had a wagon and a team of horses but many people didn't, so he would move a family about 100 miles to the Ohio River and then go back for another family. He moved about 5 families before moving his own family.
Sunday, July 1, 2012
There were forty-eight blacksmiths in Nauvoo. This shop was reconstructed on its original foundation.
Oh look, Elder Knudsen is going to work.
Outside there is a wagon like the ones they constructed.
Up close you can read the sign:
First, you go into the wainwright shop. They show you a loaded wagon.
Then they show you how they built the wheels.
When they got it all together, the blacksmith put an iron rim on to hold it all together and then they soaked it in linseed oil and turpentine, turning slowly for two hours. That was usually the young boys' job.
They also make a tiny little baby horseshoe while they're talking.
First they get a piece of iron rod really really hot - RED hot. ( I might add here that the day we took these pictures it was 101 - 102 degrees outside with a heat index of 117. He just happens to be standing by an 800 degree forge. As you can see from his shirt, he was working very hard. )
When he's all finished, he gives the horseshoe to someone in the tour.
The quarter helps you see how tiny it is. Isn't it cute?
He also tells a story of a young man who wanted to marry his sweetheart but her father didn't think he had enough money to take care of her so he told the boy he couldn't marry her until he could give her a diamond ring. The boy was quite creative and took a horseshoe nail to the blacksmith and had him bend it into a ring. The horseshoe was made by the Diamond Horseshoe Company. He got the girl and everyone who comes to the blacksmith shop gets a Prairie Diamond Ring.
From the blacksmith's window, the wagons could be seen lined up for two miles on Parley Street, waiting for their turn to cross the Mississippi River that cold February 1846. What amazing people.