David Lisot Video Library (1992)
When the pioneers crossed the Great Plains in 1847, following prophet Brigham Young, they came to a new promised land, a land free of persecution and full of hope. In the state of Deseret, which later became the Utah Territory, the Mormons formed a vast network of cooperative stores that issued their own money in the form of metal trade tokens and paper scrip. The Mormons held many celebrations, including the 1897 Pioneer Jubilee, the biggest event held west of the Mississippi during the 19th century. Many medals and coins were made to commemorate this celebration and other events in the state of Utah. Speaker(s): H. Robert Campbell.