Kirtland Temple
A National Historic Landmark


The responsibility of coordinating and researching for the Emma Hymn Festival lay on Sarah Thatcher and David Bolton, fellows at the Kirtland Temple for the summer of 2004.

The project is very much indebted to the guidance of Barbara Walden and Lachlan Mackay, supervising, and the aid of Richard Clothier for his knowledge and resources.

Many resources were consulted when writing the background information for each hymn, however, two resources deserve particular mention. Richard Clothier provided a copy of the readings for "The Singing Saints: A Festival of Hymns and History," a hymn festival at Nauvoo, Illinois for John Whitmer Historical Association which contain useful information on many of the songs of the early church. Linda King Newell and Valeen Tippetts Avery's biography on Emma entitled Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith (New York: Doubleday, 1984) was a source for much of the narrative of Emma's life.

The event itself could not have taken place without the many talented musicians, willing readers, helpful ushers, and wonderful singing of all in attendance.




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