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Marking the 177th Anniversary of the Exodus

A breezy Saturday morning greeted a crowd of friends, missionaries, and families in Historic Nauvoo on February 4th. The horses and oxen were out with their wagons. Flags of nationalities represented in Nauvoo in the 1840s were flying. And participants paraded along Main Street to Parley Street to commemorate the Nauvoo Exodus of 1846.

We were thrilled to hear from Nauvoo Stake President Matthew Thomas at the Pioneer Memorial. He reminded those gathered near the river’s edge that the Saints who left Nauvoo and headed west had a choice to also walk away from the Gospel. But they knew its truth and value, and so the headed instead into the unknown to forge the trail that opened the West and laid the foundation of Church growth today.

Craig L. Dalton, site president, opened the morning’s procession with praise for the pioneers who may have been forced to leave their temple building behind but carried it with them in the covenants they made there. That gave them the courage and faith to face the challenges of the Trail and resettlement in the Mountain West.

Exodus Commemoration 2023

Come participate in the annual Exodus Commemoration on Saturday, February 4th, in Historic Nauvoo!

Dress warmly, and bring the name of a Nauvoo ancestor to walk for–or just come and walk for fun.

9:00 am — Refreshments at the Family Living Center
10:00 – Parade from Cultural Hall to Pioneer Memorial
11:00 – Short program at Pioneer Memorial, as well as a flag raising
12:00 noon – All historic sites open for regular tours and activities

Christmas Walk 2022

Start your Christmas celebrations with an evening of stories, wagon rides, refreshments, a live Nativity, music, and the atmosphere of Old Nauvoo at night!

Visit our Events page for more information.

Welcome to the Nauvoo and British Pageants!

We are thrilled to return with an enthusiastic and talented cast to share the stories of Nauvoo with you during July. Be sure to download the new Historic Nauvoo app to help you navigate the daily schedule for shows, tours, and the evening Pageants. There is a lot to explore on the app while you wait for a show to begin.

As you come to the Pageant, be sure to walk on sidewalks and designated walkways to keep you safe from traffic and other obstacles. The Pageant’s official newspaper will be shared with visitors on site. Anyone passing out other material beyond the Pageant grounds is not affiliated with the Pageant or the Church; use discretion in accepting materials. Please also exercise caution if approached by a protester. Do not engage in conversation. We suggest you politely ignore disruptions and enter the Pageant grounds ready to enjoy the evening.