Joseph Smith Exhibit to Close in January

Joseph Smith Exhibit to Close in January

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Joseph Smith bicentennial exhibit at the Museum of Church History and Art is closing on January Sixteenth.

The exhibit's closing will follow The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' celebration of Smith's 200th birthday by three weeks.

Curator Mark Staker says many of the artifacts and documents at the exhibit have never been shown publicly before and it will likely be years before they are again because of their fragile condition. He's urging visitors not to wait until the last minute to see them.

Items on exhibit include Smith's cloak from his Nauvoo Legion uniform, a lock of his hair and fragments from the clothing he was wearing when he was killed. The exhibit has been open since February.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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