Mormons in New York City tracks efforts to study the presence of Mormons and Mormonism in New York City and the surrounding states since the arrival of Martin Harris in New York City in his attempt to verify the characters on the golden plates in the possession of Joseph Smith.
Since the arrival of Parley P. Pratt in New York City in 1837, there has been a Mormon presence here more or less continuously; despite regular emigration to Nauvoo and to Utah and despite the shuttering of the Eastern States Mission from 1865 to 1892. Following the re-establishment of the mission, the LDS Church has grown to include more than 10 stakes and several districts — and a total of nearly 50,000 members inside New York City alone.
Originally, this blog was created for the New York New York Stake LDS History Committee, an informal group of members and non-members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Formed in February 1996, the group is collecting information and materials documenting the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New York City.
However, in the last 5 years, the group has become less interested in my efforts and this blog and the associated wiki, so I’ve made them independent of the group, but supportive, should the group decide that these efforts are valuable.