100 year anniversary!

June 9, 2011

The old Hotel Utah, now know as The Joseph Smith Memorial Building (JSMB), is turning 100 years old TODAY!

Come join us today for a grandiose celebration. Starting at 6:30pm, the Mormon Tabernacle choir will be singing in the lobby and a ribbon cutting will be held.

Wonderful displays are set up all around the lobby.

Everything here takes you on a journey throughout the years!

There will also be large screens projecting videos of memories past! So come join in on the fun!

We hope to see you all there!

A little history and current information:

In 1911, this building was called The Hotel Utah. Such a beautiful place! It was later converted into the JSMB and is now used for several offices for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are also three restaurants located in the building and many banquet rooms are available for all sorts of events and gatherings, such as: weddings, receptions, luncheons, business meetings and award ceremonies.

On Display – Dresses From The 1900′s

A new display for the month of May!

We have more fun memories from past years as we continue to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building/Hotel Utah. These gorgeous dresses from the early 1900′s show the elegant dress of the guests at Hotel Utah.

There is a story describing the necessity of wearing proper attire while visiting certain areas of the hotel. If you didn’t dress the part you may have been asked to leave. Come visit this fun display and learn all about the styles and trends of the 1900′s!

On Display – 100 years of HATS!

In celebration of the 100 year anniversary of The Joseph Smith Memorial Building (formerly Hotel Utah), the current center piece in the lobby is an array of hats from several decades.

These hats hold unique memories of years past. Information stands are posted around the display that tell fascinating stories about these hats in correlation with their time period and Hotel Utah.

One such sign tells about the amazing hat checker at Hotel Utah named Bill Morris. His unbelievable ability to remember which hat went with which owner was astounding!

Bill was actually recorded in “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” for one time being able to return over 400 hats to their rightful owners, simply by memory! No tags or reminder notes here, just pure memory. Wow!

Come visit the Joseph Smith Memorial Building lobby for more interesting facts on these hats. Also, visit the website to learn about future displays and the big celebration coming up in June 2011!

100 Year Anniversary!

We’re celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the beautiful

Joseph Smith Memorial Building!

On June 11, 2011, this historical building will come alive with memories of the past and celebrations of the present. Come join us for games, treats, exhibits, entertainment, music and more. This is definitely an event you don’t want to miss! Visit the website for more information.

President John F. Kennedy visiting the Hotel Utah

Built in 1911, this building started out as the Hotel Utah; a wonderful resort for people from all over to come and celebrate any occasion. In fact, every president of the United States from 1911 to the hotel’s closing in 1987 stayed at this hotel. One of the first presidents to stay here was President Taft.

The Roof Restaurant

Now this building houses the Legacy Theater, a Family Search center, an in-house floral shop, beautiful banquet rooms for weddings/receptions and other events, The Roof Restaurant, The Garden Restaurant, and The Nauvoo Cafe.

Spring Flowers Are Here!

Gorgeous flowers are blooming all over the Temple grounds!

There are over 250 flower beds, more than 165,000 bedding plants, and over 700 varieties of plants from all over the world. These gardens are redesigned every six months and replanted by hundreds of volunteers.

Come enjoy this beauty that encompasses the 35 acres of the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!

Reason for The Season

This is a guest entry submitted by Yadira Guillen:

“This year, as every year, we go to see the Temple Square Lights. Every year its so exciting to go as a family. We have made this a little tradition and the kids are always waiting patiently for the time in which we go. The lights this year were beautiful! One new thing they did was to put nativity scenes from different parts of the world around the big water fountain in front of the COB (Church office Building). They were very cute and nice. We also went inside the Joseph Smith memorial bldg. to see their big Christmas tree. I love Downtown [during] Christmas time with all the lights and all the hustle and bustle of this time of year.

We also got to see the Christus Statue which is one of our favorites to see. The visitor center was very packed and there was a line to go up to see the statue. Jorge and I had a very special moment when we were going up to see Jesus. We said to each other ‘this is how its going to be when Jesus comes again, there will be a long line so that we can all see him.’ I got very emotional because I was able to feel the spirit. And I know for a fact that Jesus will come again and that we will be able to see him, touch him and feel of his presence.

What a great time of year to talk about our Savior, Redeemer, Comforter and the only Begotten son of our Heavenly Father. Let us always think of him not only in this time of year but through out the whole entire year so that our lives can be blessed.”

*If you have a Temple Square experience you’d like to share, feel free to email Jessica at jhunt@templesquarehospitality.  We would love to have you as our next guest blogger!!

A Photographer’s Experience

This is a guest entry submitted by Karen Larsen:

“Temple Square at Christmas time is a wondrous place that touches the heart and soul with the true meaning of the season.   A celebration of the birth of our Savior is told in the music, the lights, the decorations, the beautiful nativity scenes and the glorious statue of Christ overseeing it all.

The “ooohs” and “aaahs” of people on their first visit, the wide eyes and giggles of children, happy families sharing a night out together, couples in love strolling arm in arm – everyone taking a break from the hustle, bustle and stress of holiday shopping to experience the peace and joy and beauty found here.  With photo opportunities everywhere one looks, Temple Square at Christmas is a ‘must’ for photographers.

Every year I brave the cold, and suffer with fingers too numb to work the dials on my camera, and lug around my tripod and heavy camera equipment, because I know I will be rewarded with some of the most beautiful photos I will take all year!

How can one not be inspired when looking at the magnificent Salt Lake Temple framed with hundreds of thousands of golden Christmas lights, or a heavenly nativity seemingly floating on twinkling water, or the elegant and ornate lobby of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building graced with its magnificent Christmas tree, or the inspiring image of the ‘Christus’ to remind us He is Lord of the Universe!

With scenes like this to photograph, I am able to see and recall the beauty and inspiration found on Temple Square at Christmas, all year long.  I hope you enjoy some of my favorite photos this year.”

Karen Larsen Photography

*If you have a Temple Square experience you’d like to share, feel free to email Jessica at jhunt@templesquarehospitality.  We would love to have you as our next guest blogger!!

Christmas Spirit

This is a guest entry submitted by Mistie Scott:

“I HATE THE COLD. Therefore, the thought of going downtown to see the lights didn’t sound too enticing. However, I knew my kids would love it. I knew we hadn’t gone and experienced it in at least 3 years. I miss activities with just my little family. I knew we needed some Christmas spirit. So, alas…we went. And actually it wasn’t that bad. It was probably 40 degrees and we were all bundled up. It was a nice little adventure for our family. We had hot chocolate and afterward ended up eating dinner at the Nauvoo Cafe right outside the temple grounds.

The kids loved the lights and just being there – especially Seneka. She ran around like she had been caged for days. We could barely keep track of her. She loves to be outside…and the cold doesn’t bother her. Ashton, on the other hand…stayed snuggled up in the wagon (which, [by the way]- was his idea to bring) with multiple blankets.

The lights were beautiful…It is always a good feeling anywhere in or around the temple. Troy proposed to me on the grounds east of the temple, so it was fun to show the kids where that was. We enjoyed ourselves….”

*If you have a Temple Square experience you’d like to share, feel free to email Jessica at jhunt@templesquarehospitality.  We would love to have you as our next guest blogger!!

Christmas Memories

This is a guest entry submitted by Rebecca Chapman:

“We went to Temple Square for the holiday season and enjoyed the beautiful Christmas Lights, “Piper Bob” (playing the bagpipes), great company with good friends and lots of happiness.

Our friends Layne and Caitlyn came with us. We ate dinner at the Nauvoo Cafe which has the best turkey sandwiches with this orange cranberry sauce that’s to die for and took a carriage ride, which I’ve been wanting to do for years. It was the kids’ favorite part of the night (the horses name was Charlie). It was a fairly warm night and not very crowded at all…The temple [is] still just as peaceful looking as it ever has looked and felt before. It truly is a wonderful place to spend time….makes my heart at ease.”

*If you have a Temple Square experience you’d like to share, feel free to email Jessica at jhunt@templesquarehospitality.  We would love to have you as our next guest blogger!!

Making the Season BRIGHT

This is a guest entry submitted by Tracy Mills:

“One of the many things about Christmas that I love is the many Christmas lights that you see everywhere; on Christmas tree’s glowing from people’s homes, lights on houses, but one of my favorites [is] the lights at Temple Square. Walking around the grounds is one of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit.

The Salt Lake City Temple is such an amazing and beautiful building… It is worth the drive there and the crowds. Not only are the lights beautifully done, but there are also wonderful nativities around the grounds, and there are lots of people gathered to celebrate the love and joy of the season. It’s a very special time of year and I always look forward to going to Temple Square as one of the many festive activities of the season… P.S. I LOVE the floating lights that they put in the reflecting pond.”

*If you have a Temple Square experience you’d like to share, feel free to email Jessica at jhunt@templesquarehospitality.  We would love to have you as our next guest blogger!!