Left: A replica of the gold plates that was on display at the museum. Martin Harris, one of the Three Witnesses, said three silver rings held the plates together so they could open like a book. Below: These buttons and clasps were found during an archaeological investigation at the Smith family’s log home site in Palmyra, New York.
Above: A false shirtfront, made by Lucy Mack Smith for her son Joseph in 1841. This popular men’s clothing element, known as a bosom, was typically worn to hide buttons or seams or to provide decoration. Left: Joseph Smith owned this gold watch but gave it to pay for legal services.
Above: This cradle was made around 1805 and is similar to what Joseph Smith’s family would have used.
Right: These nails and oxshoe were found at the Joseph Smith log home site. The round metal piece attached to the handle of a scythe. As a boy Joseph Smith used a scythe to cut grain. Below: A stone fragment from the Nauvoo Temple.
Below: Recovering from leg surgery, Joseph used a crutch like this.
Far left: These slate pencils were likely used as Joseph Smith’s parents taught him to read, write, and solve math problems at home. Above: This first edition Book of Mormon was a gift from Joseph Smith to Martin Harris. It is open to the testimony of the Three Witnesses. Right: The Prophet wore this cloak as lieutenant general of the Nauvoo Legion.
These silver ladles belonged to Joseph and Emma Smith.
Right: An earring that belonged to one of the women in the Smith family. Far right: This gold bead belonged to Lucy Mack Smith.
Left: These surgical instruments are similar to the ones used when Joseph Smith was young. He had an infection that killed a portion of his leg bone. A doctor recommended amputating his leg, but young Joseph and his mother refused.
Right: This issue of the Nauvoo Neighbor, published after Joseph and Hyrum Smith were martyred, was printed to share the details of their deaths with a general audience. Below: After the Prophet’s death, locks of his hair were given to some of his friends. It was common in the mid-1800s to share locks of hair as a way to remember loved ones who had died.