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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For more than 100 years, the Provo Tabernacle has housed graduation and commencement ceremonies for high schools as well as collegiate convocation ceremonies. Pictured here is the commencement ceremony for a Provo Preparatory School, taken around 1909.
From Provo's New Year's Eve celebrations to International Ice Carving Competitions, the Provo Tabernacle has been the site for many different types of celebrations, including a major gathering place during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, when Provo hosted Olympic hockey games at the Peaks Ice Arena. Pictured here in 2001 is a press conference held to announce Tabernacle Park as the venue for the 2002 International Ice Carving Competition.
Classical musical performances have been held at the tabernacle for more than 100 years. Pictured here is the BYU Orchestra set to perform in 1938.
Since its early days til now, many distinguished speakers have taken the pulpit at the Provo Tabernacle. Scholars, doctors, coaches, philosophers and religious leaders have presented orations inside that historic building. Featured here is Paul Mero, president of the Sutherland Institute at a pro-family rally in 2009 held at the Provo Tabernacle.
The Provo Tabernacle was the perfect place for the community members to gather. It often was a rallying place, where youth would meet before embarking on a service project, or where a community race or competition would begin. Here members of a cycling team walk their bikes past the Provo Tabernacle to get in position to start the Tour de Utah race in 2006.
For years the Provo Tabernacle has hosted leaders and members of many different faiths when they come together to observe the National Day of Prayer. Featured here in 2007, the Rev. Kathleen West of St. Mary's Episcopal Church prays as leaders of six different faiths stand behind her.
For almost 15 years, Provo residents have come together to create a live Nativity during the Christmas season. This event traditionally takes place on Tabernacle Square, the grounds of the Provo Tabernacle. In 2000, toddlers gathered round to watch the live nativity scene.
President William H. Taft visited the Provo Tabernacle in 1909, the first U.S. president to visit the building. The Tabernacle has historically been a venue for political leaders and political events. Pictured here is President Taft along with Utah Sen. Reed Smoot at the pulpit in September, 1909.
Many funeral services have been held at the Provo Tabernacle. Funerals for the likes of legendary scholar Hugh Nibley, philosopher Truman Madsen, and Rex Lee, former BYU president and U.S. solicitor general took place in the building. Community leaders as well were honored with funerals in the tabernacle, such as the one pictured here. The casket of Beverly Duckett Dunford is featured here in the Provo Tabernacle in 2004. Dunford was instrumental in forming the Utah Symphony.
Erected as a meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Provo Tabernacle has been the venue for hundreds of LDS church meetings and conferences, including LDS general conferences in 1886 and 1887 Here is a photo taken around 1900 of people arriving at the Provo Tabernacle in carriages and buggies for a church conference.