History of Mormons in America
This collection of artifacts, photographs, texts, and historical markers is intended to help students explore the history of the Mormon religion in America.
Each of these items is intended to spark inquiry, following the process below:
- Students should choose one artifact on which to focus.
- Have them use the artifact analysis PDF (last resource) to begin their study of the artifact.
- Next, have students generate questions about the artifact? What do they wonder about? What does it tell them about the Mormon religion or its history within the United States?
- Have students complete some general research on their artifact that will help their classmates piece together the story of the Mormon experience.
As a collaborative project, students should use the PBS Forced Migrations map/timeline as a model for a class map/timeline of their own.
- Project an image of the map on a class whiteboard or create your own basic outline using large paper.
- Have each student present their research findings. The main questions they should answer are: What does it represent about the Mormon experience? Where would the artifact they chose be placed (geographically and in terms of chronology)?
- Students should then place place their image on the map with significant dates noted.
- After all groups have presented, review the narrative of the Mormon experience with the class. What would they identify as critical moments in Mormon history? What questions do they still have?