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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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  • Some older historical sites are period recreated but the EB Grandin building is the original 1920 structure. While the displays and many artifacts are modern the experience of the visit takes you back...  more »
  • This is the original printing location of the Book of Mormon. Members and nonmembers will both enjoy the walk through history that the tour gives you. I had never thought about the amount of work that...  more »
  • This was a very insightful location. The staff was great at sharing information. We would definitely recommend this sight on your trip.  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.
  • Great tour offers. You gotta see this if you're into books, history, printing or anything about the Truth!
  • 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.

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