Winter Quarters Musical Celebrates Pioneer Heritage

Contributed By By Carolyn Carter, Church News and Events

  • July 18, 2012–August 4, 2012
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July 18, 2012–August 4, 2012

Article Highlights

  • Performances will run July 18, 2012–August 4, 2012, (excluding Sundays and Mondays) at 7:30 p.m. with additional 3:30 p.m. Saturday shows.
  • The show celebrates the conversion, faith, and obedience of early Saints as they trekked across the plains.
  • For additional information, patrons can visit the pageant’s website or call the public relations contact, Sister Terry Latey at 402-850-3610.

“We grow in faith as we experience the trials, struggles, and triumphs of the stalwart pioneers.”—Sister Terry Latey, a research librarian at the Pioneer Research Library at the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters.

The Winter Quarters musical Come Home to Kanesville returns for its sixth season from July 18 to August 4, 2012, in the historic Kanesville Tabernacle in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The show recounts the challenges that the pioneers faced while living in Kanesville (now Council Bluffs) on their trek from Nauvoo to the Great Salt Lake Valley. In the spring of 1846, thousands of pioneers temporarily settled in Kanesville. It was from there that the Mormon Battalion set out on their march to San Diego, California, and it was in Kanesville that President Brigham Young reorganized the First Presidency and was sustained as second President of the Church.

With these historical events as a backdrop, “Come Home to Kanesville” tells the story of two fictional couples who meet on the frontier. These pioneer Saints have to decide if they will obey the prophet’s call to go west or if they will stay in the fertile hills of Iowa.

Through music and dance, the show celebrates themes of faith and personal conversion to the gospel. “The prime focus of the production is to support the mission[ary work] in this part of the vineyard, especially to bring those that were lost from the faith,” said Sister Terry Latey, a research librarian at the Pioneer Research Library in Winter Quarters. “Come Home to Kanesville is a call to those who hold the legacy of a pioneer heritage [to come] not to Kanesville, but rather to come unto the Savior and embrace the gospel.”

The cast and production staff also hope that depicting the events associated with the Winter Quarters and Kanesville areas will strengthen the testimonies of audience members. Sister Latey said, “We grow in faith as we experience the trials, struggles, and triumphs of the stalwart pioneers.”

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays (ages 8 and up only), with special family performances (all ages welcome) on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.

All performances are free of charge and do not require tickets or reservations. Seating is first come, first served.

For additional information, patrons can visit the pageant’s website or call the public relations contact, Sister Terry Latey at 1-402-850-3610.