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Activities for Archives Month


Wednesday, October 12th, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Special Collections Classroom

Meet the “Candy Bomber” Gail Halvorsen

Come meet Gail Halvorsen, aka the “Candy Bomber”, who was featured in the film Meet the Mormons.  He will be signing and giving out a photograph reproduction from his collection. Artifacts from his archive will be on display, including his candy parachutes and letters from children.



Friday, October 14th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, HBLL 3rd floor

Hold a 1st Edition Book of Mormon

In late 1829, Joseph Smith arranged to have the Book of Mormon printed by E. B. Grandin in Palmyra, New York, and the first copy was off the press by March, 1830. Today, it’s estimated that fewer than 700 copies survive. BYU owns six copies of the 1830 Book of Mormon. Each copy is a treasure, and we take great care to preserve them. Each copy is also a connection to the Church’s foundation and the testimonies that motivated the first generation of Latter-day Saints. The Harold B. Lee Library and L. Tom Perry Special Collections invites you to visit the HBLL atrium to hold one of our copies and take a moment to turn a few pages.



Thursday, October 27th, 5:30 pm, meet in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Foyer.

Haunted Walking Tour

Come and experience the haunted sites of BYU campus. Included in this 45 minute long walking tour is trivia about BYU’s scariest spots as well as bonus historical factoids about campus buildings and folklore.



Friday, October 28th, (1:00 – 4:00 pm), HBLL Conservation Lab

Conservation Road Show

Bring your journals, photographs, and other artifacts to the Harold B. Lee Library Conservation Lab (3450 HBLL) and learn how to care for them. Christina Thomas and Christopher McAfee, conservators for the L. Tom Perry Special Collections, will evaluate your personal and family heirlooms and share best ways to repair and store these priceless items. You will also get an inside look at what goes on behind the Conservation Lab doors.