130 years ago today - Sep 8, 1893

[Wilford Woodruff]
[At the World's Fair in Chicago] We then went to the Festive Hall to Attend the Contest of the four Quires [Choirs] of singers for the Prizes. The Salt Lake Quire did Splendid and made a fine appearance. The first Prize was given to the Searton Quire. The Second Prize was awarded to our Quire. I think without Doubt that our Quire was the Best & should have had the first Prize But the Quire that took the first Prize was Welsh and the Welsh furnished the Money And it Could hardly be Expected that they would give it to a Mormon Quire Though one of the Judges said the Salt Lake Quire ought to have it. [This is the first national recognition of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.]

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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