C o m m u n i t y    o f    C h r i s t    H i s t o r i c    S i t e s

The sites we support have enormous significance that is both historical and sacred. Five of our Historic Sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Two of the five have also been designated as National Historic Landmarks. In addition, all the site have a sacred significance as part of our faith's heritage.
Kirtland Temple
A National Historic Landmark, Kirtland Temple is the first temple built by the Latter Day Saints. The sacrifice of many generations has allowed this historic building to be preserved from its dedication in 1836 to the present. Each year thousands of tourists and pilgrims alike flock to Kirtland to tour this holy structure.

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Joseph Smith Historic Site
Called the "City of Joseph," Nauvoo, Illinois, was founded in 1839 and was home to Joseph Smith Jr. until his death in 1844. The Smith family homes and the Red Brick Store, which served as church headquarters, are open to the public for tours. The site also includes the graves of Joseph, his wife Emma and other family members.

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Plano Stone Church
After the church was reorganized in 1860, its administrative headquarters operated in Nauvoo until Joseph Smith III relocated to Plano, Illinois, in 1866. The Plano Stone Church was built in 1868 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It served as the denominational headquarters until 1881.

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Joseph Smith III's Liberty Hall and Spurrier School 
Members of the church founded Lamoni, Iowa, in 1870 as a Zionic community. In 1881 Joseph Smith III and his family moved here and the town became the church's headquarters. Their home, named Liberty Hall, became a center of social and religious life for the community.

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Heritage Plaza in Independence
Independence, in Jackson County, Missiouri, has a special hold on the hearts of the members of our movement. Designated in 1830 as the "Center Place" of Zion, members flocked here in the thousands, prior to their forced expulsion in 1833. Located near the Temple complex, Heritage Plaza preserves three historic buildings.

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