Religious Educator: Perspectives on the Restored Gospel


artifacts, church history, pins, seminary

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The history of the Church is recorded not only in the words and events o f the past but also in the artifacts left behind by previous generations. Artifacts serve as tangible reminders of our memories and add a sense of reality to our history. The Church History Museum seeks to collect, preserve, and interpret the artifacts that illustrate the history of the Church. As windows to our past, artifacts enhance personal insight and understanding that in turn enlighten our appreciation of our history. The purpose of this discussion is to examine the historical context of recognition jewelry in the Church’s seminary and institute programs during a fifty-year period (1930–80). The history and context of this practice provides a useful perspective on the development of the Church’s seminary and institute programs.