Each summer Old Nauvoo takes you back in time with historical vignettes that give visitors a chance to experience pageant characters (like Joseph and Emma) in intimate and historic settings. Learn more about the people and events that took place that made Nauvoo “the loveliest place and best people under the heaven.” Each of these six vignettes is performed twice weekly from July 9 to August 1, 2020.

  • Trail of Hope
  • Women of Nauvoo
  • Letters of Joseph and Emma
  • Go Ye into All the World
  • Youth of Zion
  • King Follet Discourse

Trail of Hope

Stroll Parley Street to the riverbank and meet those who walked this road in the 1840s as they left their homes and headed west. Small groups will leave the Seventies Hall on Parley Street every few minutes Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m.

Women of Nauvoo

Emma Smith, Eliza R. Snow, and several other women of Old Nauvoo share their experiences with and love for the Relief Society. What began here in Nauvoo under the direction of a prophet in 1842 has grown from just 20 women to become the largest women’s organization in the world, with more than 5 million members in 176 nations. Performances in the Relief Society Garden (by the Historic Nauvoo Visitors’ Center) Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. July 9 and ending July 30.

Letters of Joseph and Emma

Readings from the actual letters of Joseph Smith and his beloved wife Emma offer poignant insights into their lives. Join Joseph, Emma, and Lucy Mack Smith for this tender love story. Performances by the Mansion House (corner of Water and Main Streets) Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:30 p.m. July 8 and ending July 31.

Go Ye into All the World

Evoking laughter as well as tears, Parley Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, Heber Kimball, and Brigham Young share their missionary experiences and their testimonies. Performances in the Seventies Hall (on Parley Street) Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. July 9 and ending August 1.

Youth of Zion

All ages will enjoy meeting the young people of Old Nauvoo. Mary and Caroline Rollins, George Q. Cannon, and Robert Dennison share their stories of bravery, testimony, and good old-fashioned fun. Performances by the Young Performing Missionaries across from the Print Shop (on Main Street) Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 10 and ending July 28.

King Follet Discourse

The actor portraying Joseph Smith presents portions of one of the Prophet’s last major discourses, sharing profound insights on the nature of God and the immortality of man. Performances in the West Grove (north of the pageant site) Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:00 p.m. July 8 and ending July 31.