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Book of Mormon Publication Site, Palmyra

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The Book of Mormon Historic Publication Site is a historic site located in the village of Palmyra, Wayne County, New York, United States. The historic site includes the E. B. Grandin Building and some neighboring structures. It was in the E. B. Grandin building that Egbert B. Grandin printed and sold the first copies of the Book of Mormon. Because of the building's historical significance to Mormonism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) purchased it in 1978. In the mid-1990s the church restored the Grandin building, while remodeling and adding to some neighboring structures to create a visitors' center.Building HistoryEgbert B. Grandin's printing press and bookshop was located in the western most building of a complex originally known as Thayer and Grandin Brick Row, and later as Exchange Row. The complex of buildings was constructed in 1828, between Palmyra's Main Street and the newly finished Erie Canal (which has since been moved north), by Joel Thayer, Levi Thayer, and Phillip Grandin. Phillip Grandin was the older brother of E. B. Grandin, and soon after the complex was completed E. B. Grandin moved his business into what would become known as the E. B. Grandin Building.Grandin's bookshop and office were housed on the building's first floor, his book bindery and an attorney's office on the second floor, and the printing equipment — including two printing presses — on the third floor. In 1829 when Grandin was asked to publish the Book of Mormon, he was the publisher of The Wayne Sentinel newspaper. Eventually Grandin closed his bookshop and printing service, and the building has since housed numerous businesses. Both the building's interior and exterior were remodeled and updated several times through the years, including building additions, adding walls, new stairwells, dropped ceilings, plumbing, electrical systems, etc.
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  • Thus was the place that the book of Mormon was published. The staff are very nice. There is no fee to enter. The demonstration of book publishing and binding was incredible.  more »
  • I didn't know why we say "mind your p's and q's" or "upper and lower case". I had no idea how each letter was added to print books and the hours it takes create a completed newspaper. Wow! Add to that...  more »
  • This is a great stop to see how the printing of the Book of Mormon took place. The tour is great and they even let you practice the folding of the pages.  more »
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  • The LDS church is known for doing things right and this location is no exception. The work they did to restore the building and help visitors feel the spirit of what happened is well worth the visit. The book first published here has, for years, influenced my life for the good.
  • Great history! Very neat to learn of how the Book of Mormon was published and the factors and costs that led to printing the original 5,000 copies.
  • Seeing the printing press here was really cool. I don't think I realized exactly how much work printing a book in the 1800's took until visiting. There is some really amazing history here.
  • The missionaries really know their stuff. I learned a lot here.
  • Beautifully preserved building. Very gracious and knowledgeable tour guide.Loved it.