Times and Seasons : An Archaeological Perspective on Early Latter-day Saints' Printing
The Mormon experience in early newspaper printing paralleled the common fortunes of the church and its followers from the founding in 1830 to the fragmentation in 1946. These quasi-official extensions of church doctrine and practice were highly effective in publicizing the new religion. TIMES AND SEASONS, the most influential of several Mormon newspapers, was printed in four successive shops at three locations in Nauvoo, Illinois, from June 1839 to May 1846. Their locations and sequence, two of which were in dispute, drew upon historical sources, architectural remains, and patterned artifact distributions. Printing types and line-of-type seperators were distributed horizontally in such manner as to indicate strongly that the first two shops were in two successive buildings on the same site.