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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a long and varied history in New York City. From the restoration of the Gospel, New York City has represented a variety of things to the Mormon people as they sought refuge and exaltation. The city has been a resource for knowledge, goods, services and finance for church members as well as for the Church. It has been a staging and transition point for members traveling to and from various parts of the world. And it has become a home to thousands of members and a 'Stake of Zion' in the 'Latter-days.'

This site represents the accumulated research and public documentation I have assembled, both during my time with the New York New York Stake LDS History Committee and since then. I hope to make this research and source documents more available through this website.

In addition to the research, I am looking for contributions from Mormons who have lived in the New York City area, from their descendants or from other researchers who have relevant information. Use of contributed information can be limited if the contributor wishes, or can be published in books and monographs, the New York New York Stake LDS History Committee newsletter or even on this website. Please see our contribution page for information on how to contribute.

The History Committee and I both give walking tours of Church history sites in New York City. These tours are available both to Church groups and to non-church members.

This research has led to the publication of City Saints: Mormons in the New York Metropolis (ISBN: 0850513030, 2004, 284 pages), a history of the LDS Church in New York City. The book is available from both national and LDS bookstores. In addition we publish a newsletter twice a year, a brochure for our walkikng tour and plan additional monographs.

What's Here

This website includes the following:

Chronology of Events

A listing of Church-related events that occurred in New York City. Some events have links to further information about the event.

List of Locations

A list of important historical locations where local LDS Church congregations have met and locations where other events of interest have occurred.

Biographies of Members

Biographies of LDS Church members who lived in New York City or the New York City region or who visited as a church member.

List of Organizations

A list of local LDS Church congregations in the New York region and the non-church organizations formed by or with significant involvement of Church members.

Transcribed Source Documents

Transcriptions of source documents relevant to LDS History in New York City.

On-line Versions of our Newsletter

Links to pdf versions of The New York LDS Historian, a now dormant semi-annual publication exploring the history of the LDS Church in New York City.


Personal Recolections & Oral Histories

Documents containing personal recollections and oral histories of the LDS Church in New York City.

List of Mormon Immigrant Companies Arriving at New York

With links to accounts of their experiences in New York City.


Lists of Resources

Resources for researching the history of the LDS Church in New York City.

Latest News... from our blog

From the Prophet 18 May 1844: The origins of the Prophet
Included in the very first issue of The Prophet was the following item, explaining the origins of the newspaper. This makes the proposal sound very democratic and a local effort, and Crawley’s Descriptive Bibliography (v1 p255) suggests, apparently based on this article, that the proposal for the newspaper was local, came from George Leach and […]
— Tue, 14 May 2013 18:00:01 +0000
The first LDS text in another language published in the U.S.?
On the last page of the The Mormon for May 30, 1857, the editor, Apostle John Taylor, included an article entitled: Aux Elders et aux Saints, en Canada, en France, en Suisse, en Italie, et dans les iles de la Manche. (To the Elders and Saints in Canada, in France, in Switzerland, in Italy and […]
— Tue, 07 May 2013 00:01:59 +0000
Form printing by W. J. Silver in New York
Browsing the pages of The Mormon the other day, I came across the folowing advertisement1: Since its a little blurry, here is the text: ADVERTISEMENT. TO PRESIDENTS OF CONFERENCES OR BRANCHES. W. J. SILVER, (Box 5057, Post Office, New York,) has for Sale— Blank Licences,                       […]
— Tue, 30 Apr 2013 17:35:00 +0000
Henry G. Bywater, Brooklyn Branch President 1871-1882
Mormon visitors to New York City  in the 1870s mention most frequently two individuals in the New York City region, if they mention anyone at all. Williams C. Staines was the emigration agent, the missionary sent from Salt Lake City to assist the emigrants from Europe through customs and through the transfer from ship to […]
— Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:16:46 +0000
A Mormon Memorial Service in New York, 1915
It is unusual these days for LDS congregations in Manhattan to experience death. Members of the Church here are generally young, and longtime members often move away by the time they arrive at retirement age—so we don’t see funerals or memorial services very often. That was probably true in the early 20th century also. Newspaper […]
— Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:00:48 +0000

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NYCLDSHistory.com is not owned, controlled by or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All research and information provided on this site are the sole responsibility of the authors of that research and information, and should not be interpreted as official statements of LDS doctrine, belief or practice.

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