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Women in the Mormon Battalion
Mary Ann Kirk, Mormon Battalion Researcher
Mary Ann Kirk will present “…a quick review of the Battalion story and some of the discoveries we have found in our recent research, followed by a reader’s theater about the women with the Battalion and those left behind.”
Our pioneer forefathers had lots of concerns to think about. They wanted to travel west with their families, but not everyone had the needed supplies. The pay offered for their service would help, and their leader, Brigham Young, thought it would demonstrate their patriotism. So the Mormon Battalion was formed of about 500 men, more than 30 women (mostly to care for laundry), and 51 children. They made a unique group in American history and undertook an incredible trek of 2100 miles.
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