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Memorable events at the Provo Tabernacle

Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
The blaze that consumed the Provo Tabernacle on Friday, December 17, 2010, paved the way for what is now the Provo City Center Temple.

Since its dedication in 1898, the Provo Tabernacle was the venue for many historic events. Latter-Day Saint prophets, U.S. presidents and eminent scholars came to the Tabernacle to give speeches and presentations.

The Provo Tabernacle was also a place where schoolchildren sang, community members were honored in funerals, and people of various faiths met to pray. The Tabernacle was not only a grand building to behold, it was a grand place to come together.

Here is a look at some of events hosted at the Provo Tabernacle through the years.

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John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Rebuilding the taberancle is worth the cost.

Weston Jurney
West Jordan, UT

Any building that Sergei Rachmaninoff played in is worth restoring.

Everest
American Fork, UT

It's going to be a temple now. Quite a story.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Tasha Tudor, children's author and illustrator, once gave a presentation there. For fans of hers, it was certainly memorable.

Seneca Falls
Salt Lake, UT

This wide-ranging list of civic events that were held at the Provo Tabernacle for over a century makes it seem a crying shame that the Church decided to rebuild it as a Temple. I remember going to concerts and lectures there in college. It used to be an inclusive gathering place for the whole community, now it is an exclusive place where only Mormons are admitted and only to perform rituals and ordinances. What s sad loss to the people of Provo and the whole state.

Andy Horlacher
Sandy, Utah

Since the Provo tabernacle was completed in 1898, but yet the 1886 and 1887 LDS General conferences were held there, then the Provo tabernacle construction must have been a lot further along than the Salt Lake Tabernacle construction. When did construction of the Provo Tabernacle begin?

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