The Latter Day Boom In Mormon Antiques

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who trekked across the prairie to Utah in 1847 were in search of religious freedom, not a new lifestyle. So they took a chunk of Victorian life with them, reproducing even the ornate furniture they had left behind. "They were trying to create culture in a desert," says Marilyn Conover Barker, author of The Legacy of Mormon Furniture ($29.95, Gibbs Smith), due out Oct. 1.

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