JWHA is proud to offer three tours of 19th century Rochester Restoration and American History sites. Join us as we visit scenic western New York, home of the Burned Over District. Register now to reserve your seat.

 

Three photos of scenes and landmarks on the tour.

 

Tour #1

Palmyra Historic Sites.

Smith Family Palmyra Home and Neighborhood, Grandin Printing Press, Smith Family Manchester Farm, and Hill Cumorah.  $62 per person which includes a box lunch.

Tour Guides: Mark Staker and Kyle Walker

Mark Staker, Master Curator for the LDS Church Historic Sites Division, and Kyle Walker, BYUI Professor, will take us to five original Restoration History sites, explaining the latest archaeological and material culture findings presented in their historical context. Mark is author of Hearken, O Ye People, The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations.  Kyle is the author of William Smith:  In the Shadow of a Prophet.

Three photos of scenes and landmarks on the tour.

 

Tour #2

Guided Boat Tour of the Erie Canal, followed by a tour of the Susan B. Anthony Home.

We will begin by riding a replica of the 19th century canal packet boat, going through Lock #32 on the Erie Canal. Afterwards, we’ll travel by bus to the Susan B. Anthony Home. Susan B. Anthony was actually arrested in her home’s front parlor as she fought for women’s suffrage. The second floor will be opened just for our group to see Susan’s famous silk dress. The black silk brocade fabric was created and donated to Susan B. Anthony by Utah women, grateful for Susan’s assistance in helping them win the vote in the Utah territory. Tour will include the Mount Hope Cemetery, burial sites of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass.  $62 per person which includes a box lunch.

Tour Guides: Kelly McAfee, Bill and Lois Russell

Kelly, Co-Chair of the JWHA Rochester Conference, is a teacher at the Hebrew Academy of Cleveland.  She is a volunteer tour guide at the Kirtland Temple, as well as an artist and writer.  Bill and Lois Russell have been JWHA supporters for many years.  Bill is professor emeritus of American history and politics at Graceland University, having published extensively.  He is past present of both JWHA and MHA.

Three photos of scenes and landmarks on the tour.

 

Tour #3

Mendon and Palmyra Restoration History sites.

Including Tomlinson Inn, Tomlinson’s Corners Cemetery, John Young home, and Hill Cumorah.  $62 per person which includes a box lunch.

Tomlinson Inn is the site where Samuel Smith left two copies of the Book of Mormon with Phineas Young and his sister, Rhoda.  The books were circulated within the John Young family, the Heber C. Kimball family, and the Greene family.  The Inn would serve as the location of the early Mendon Branch with 50+ members, including Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and Mary Wilcox.  Mary’s children would later join the Reorganization and the Latter-day Saint movement. The nearby Tomlinson’s Corners Cemetery is the burial site of Miriam Works Young.  The John Young Home and surrounding property contains Brigham’s workshop and mill stream, site of his baptism.  We will conclude at the Hill Cumorah.

Tour Guides: Jared Cook and Robert Cook

Jared Cook has a lifelong interest in the early Restoration history of western New York.  He blogs on Mormon-related topics on By Common Consent.  Jared is a lawyer, focused on litigation in the areas of construction law, employment law, and civil rights with an emphasis on religious freedom.  Robert Cook is retired from a career working and teaching in computer science disciples as well as patent law.  His interest in church and family history took him to Nauvoo, where he is the Mission Center President of the Community of Christ, Cedar Valley Nauvoo Mission Center.