Orson & Marinda Hyde Home

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Orson (1805-1878) and Marinda Johnson Hyde (1815-1886) married in 1834. They were involved in the earliest events of the Church, but Orson spent much of their early marriage away on missions. Marinda did her best to raise their two daughters with limited means in his absence. When the Saints began to leave Nauvoo, Brigham Young assigned Orson to remain behind to dedicate the Nauvoo Temple on May 1, 1846. The couple settled in Utah in 1852, after Orson led two different wagon trains along the Mormon Trail in 1850 and 1851.

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Hyde Home
This home was built for the Hyde’s in 1842 in recognition of Marinda’s sacrifices and Orson’s lengthy mission to Jerusalem to dedicate the Holy Land as a place for gathering Israel in the latter days.
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Hyde Home
The Hyde home remained in use for 178 years. Beginning in 2019, the deteriorating frame was replaced with new wood and the home was restored to its 1840s appearance. Care was taken to use as much of the home’s original materials as possible.
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Staircase
Bright colors were popular for wallpaper and rugs in the 1840s.

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Parlor
The parlor is furnished to show things Orson may have picked up on his travels to and from Jerusalem. He studied German as he went and was able to publish pamphlets in Germany about the Restored Gospel before he returned home.
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Parlor
As a teen, Marinda gained a testimony of the Gospel when Joseph Smith lived with her family while working on Bible translations. She remained faithful even when other Johnson family members later left the Church.
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Relief Society Quilt
This is a replica of a quilt made by the Nauvoo Female Relief Society, which Marinda joined when it was organized in 1842.
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Relief Society Quilt
Like the original quilt, this replica features the signatures of Relief Society members like Emma Smith, Marinda Johnson, Sarah Kimball, Phebe Woodruff, Eliza R. Snow, Lucy Mack Smith, and others.
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Orson’s Mission
Orson was one of the original twelve Latter-day apostles called in 1835. He served a pivotal mission to England with Heber C. Kimball. His return in 1838 came amid the turmoil of violence in Missouri that led to the Saints’ expulsion from the state. When other apostles returned to England, his family moved to Nauvoo. In 1840, Joseph Smith sent him on a special mission to Jerusalem to dedicate the land for the return of the Jewish people and for a blessing of Abraham’s descendants.
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Apostles’ Travels
Following a path through Europe he had seen in vision, Orson arrived in Jerusalem after months of travel. On October 24, 1841, he offered an inspired dedicatory prayer on the Mount of Olives for the gathering of Judah’s scattered remnants. His return home through Germany and England took over a year, and he arrived in Nauvoo in December 1842.
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Interactive Sign Boards
The Hyde home helps tell the story of international missions served by the Church’s early apostles. Interactive sign boards describe different journeys and experiences.
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Activities
Hands-on activities help children learn about early Church history.
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Interactive Map
Visitors can use an interactive map table to learn about Nauvoo’s historic sites and to plan their day’s activities.
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