(6/5/13)The role played by the Mormons (The Church of the Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints) in Jackson County's history will be the topic of discussion at a June 11 meeting at the Black River Falls Public Library.
Presenting the program, which will begin at 6 p.m., will be Joanne Dougherty and Jane Prindle Szymanski. Both have done extensive research on the Mormons in Jackson County. Dougherty, a local historian, is very knowledgeable on the Mormons' lumbering operations in the county between 1841 and 1845. Szymanski has ancestral ties to the Strangite Mormons who came to Jackson County in 1856. The program will be held in the Program Room of the library.
According to Black River Falls Public Library-Jackson County History Room Historian Mary I. Woods, the program is being presented in conjunction with a visit to Black River Falls by the 360-member Mormon Tabernacle Choir scheduled for June 19. The group is making a stop in the area on their way from Madison to Minneapolis. During their stop, the choir members are planning to learn about Mormon history in Jackson County. The visit will also give the choir members the opportunity to view a historical marker in the process of being erected at the edge of the Foundation Trail, on North Water Street, Black River Falls.
Individuals wishing for more information about the program may contact Woods at the Black River Falls Public Library, 222 Fillmore Street, Black River Falls, WI or call 715-284-4112.