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Friends of Gilgal Garden Audio-Visual Collection, undated
- Friends of Gilgal Garden
- Friends of Gilgal Garden Audio-Visual Collection
- undated (inclusive)00000000
- 2 VHS videocassette, 1 compact disc
- Collection Number
- The Friends of Gilgal Garden Audio-Visual Collection details the attempts to preserve and save Gilgal Garden by Friends of Gilgal Garden.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
- Access Restrictions
Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Gilgal Garden was created by Thomas B. Child, Jr.(1888-1963),a bishop of the LDS church. He began creating the garden in 1947, using his skills as a mason. From 1947 to 1963 at the time of his death, Child built the garden with the help of others. Much of the focus for the twelve sculptures and more than seventy engraved stones was the Mormon religion. He chose themes like the restoration of the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthood that allowed worthy men to baptize and bestow the Holy Ghost, the great Mormon migration West from Nauvoo to escape persectution, and the deep connection between the ancient Israelites and the LDS forefathers. Child's choice of naming it Gilgal Garden further describes the deep connection to his heritage. Gilgal can mean circle of sacred stone, etymologically related to the location where Joshua ordered the Israelites to place twelve stones at a memorial.
After Child's death, the garden passed on to the Grant Ketzer family who cared for it and opened it to the public on Sundays. In 2000, however, after many acts of vandalism, the family decided to sell it. Hortense Child Smith, the widow of Child's son, decide to attempt to raise funds to buy and restore Gilgal Garden by creating the Friends of Gilgal Garden. Through donations by the LDS church and other large names in Utah, Friends of Gilgal Garden was able to purchase the park and begin restoration. In October of 2001, Gilgal Garden became a public park in Salt Lake City. Even now it is open to public to examine and enjoy the historical garden.
Originally a private, housed in Child's backyard, the garden has grown into a popular public park where many gather to admire the sculptures created by Child. Tucked away in the middle of Salt Lake City, the garden is known for its eclectic collection of sculptures including the sphinx with Joseph Smith Jr.'s face, an altar to his wife, and Nebuchadnezzar's Dream from the Book of Daniel. It is often a site for both curious travelers and locals to see the work of Child and his creativity.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection has been digitized and is available in the Special Collections' reading room on compact disc or DVD.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Friends of Gilgal Garden Audio-Visual Collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Multimedia Archivist.
Initial Citation: Friends of Gilgal Garden Audio-Visual Collection A0008, Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Materials are arranged as provided by donor.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|Save Gilgal Garden
Color, sound, 7:00 minutes
A short presentation from the Friends of Gilgal Garden requesting monetary donations to prevent the Gilgal property from being sold to commercial developers. It also gives a brief historical background to the garden.
|Gilgal Garden KSL TV Ch 5
Color, sound, 2:30 minutes
A KSL Ch. 5 News program on Gilgal Garden, covering some historical information and the current work being done for preservation and restoration.
|Brian Jackson Fetzer-Salt Lake City:Ready to Fly!
audio track, 1:06:00 hours
A concept album dedicated to Salt Lake City, track 18, "Love, It's A Beautiful Word", is about Gilgal Garden.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Gilgal Garden
- Thomas B. Child