Official Dedicatory Exercises
Mormon Pioneer Memorial Bridge
North Omaha (Winter Quarters) Nebraska
Sunday, May 31 - Monday, June 1, 1953

Program

Public Meeting and Historical Pageant

SECTION ONE
General Public Meeting
Aksarben Coliseum, 7:30 p.m.

This meeting is under the direction of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

SECTION TWO
A Sacred Historical Presentation
"Come, Come, Ye Saints"
Written by L. Clair Likes

Presenting the early history of Omaha (Winter Quarters) and Council Bluffs (Kanesville) and the trek of the Mormon Pioneers to the Promised Land.

Episode One - The Tragedy of Winter Quarters
Episode Two - The Exiles
Episode Three - The Exodus of Modern Israel
Episode Four - Mob Rule
Episode Five - A Prophet Speaks
Episode Six - A Modern Moses Pleads for Help
Episode Seven - The Marsellaise of Latter Days
Episode Eight - "All Work and No Play" ...
Episode Nine - Exile Meets Exile
Episode Ten - The "Big Muddy" Bars the Way
Episode Eleven - A Country's Call
Episode Twelve - A Call to Service
Episode Thirteen - Winter Quarters
Episode Fourteen - The Grim Reaper
Episode Fifteen - Friendly Intercession
Episode Sixteen - Wagons West
Episode Seventeen - The Promised Land
Episode Eighteen - "This is the Place"

Characters in the Pageant

Joseph Smith................................. S. Richard Keddington
Brigham Young............................. Gordon C. Young
William Clayton............................ William R. Nielsen
Col. Thomas L. Kane................... Elias L. Day
Clara Young................................. Nora P. Richardson
Moses.......................................... Alvin Keddington
"Tragedy at Winter Quarters"........ Ralph A. Barnes
Rosemary Evans
Narrators..................................... Lynn A. McKinlay
Byron A. Openshaw

 

For the public meeting and the pageant music will be furnished by the combined Madrigal singers and the A Capella choir of 100 voices from Brigham Young University at Provo, Utah. It will be directed by Newel B. Weight, Gordon Greninger, at the organ.

Production Staff for the Pageant from Salt Lake Theatre, Inc.

Donald B Alder, Director
Lloyd E. Moon, Assistant Director
Afton A. Airmet, Lighting Technician
Rowena J. Miller, Costumes and Make-up
Iris Moon, Assistant

The public is invited. No tickets are required.

Program

Formal Dedication Exercises
Mormon Pioneer Memorial Bridge

Marvin G. Schmid, Master of Ceremonies

INVOCATION Rabbi Myer S. Kripke
WELCOME L. Dale Matthews
Chairman North Omaha Bridge Commission
REVIEW OF THE BRIDGE PROJECT Dr. H.L. Karrer
Past Chairman North Omaha Bridge Commission
UNVEILING OF PIONEER TRAIL PLAQUE Gift of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Kate B. Carter, President, Daughters of Utah Pioneers
Richard A. Lambert, President, Sons of Utah Pioneers
ACCEPTANCE OF PLAQUE W.F. Schollman
Past Chairman North Omaha Bridge Commission
REMARKS The Honorable Robert B. Crosby
Governor of Nebraska
The Honorable William S. Beardsley
Governor of Iowa
The Honorable Roman Hruska
U.S. Congressman
INTRODUCTION OF SPECIAL GUESTS Marvin G. Schmid
General Chairman, Dedication Committee
REMARKS The Very Reverend Carl M. Reinert, S.J.
President Creighton University
HISTORICAL SKETCH President Joseph Fielding Smith
President, The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
General Historian and Recorder
BRIGHAM YOUNG Gordon C. Young
President Brigham Young Family Association
Great-Grandson of Pioneer Leader
"GLORY TO GOD" (Chorus from The Messiah - Handel) A Capella Choir, Brigham Young University
Directed by Newell B. Weight
J.J. Keeler, Organist
DEDICATORY ADDRESS AND
DEDICATORY PRAYER
President David O. McKay
President Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
"THE SPIRIT OF GOD LIKE A FIRE IS BURNING" A Capella Choir, Brigham Young University
BENEDICTION Reverend Mark McCallum
President, Omaha Council of Churches

Cutting of ribbon by a Pioneer and formal opening of the Mormon Pioneer Memorial Bridge

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