Joseph Smith's Mummies

May 14, 2013

Wednesday, Doug's guest is researcher S.J. Wolfe who joins us to tell the story of Mormon founder Joseph Smith and the four mummies he bought in 1835. What really interested Smith were the accompanying papyri, but since the owner would only sell them together, Smith raised what today would be more than $64,000 to complete the deal. It wasn't just the Mormons who were fascinated; people flocked to traveling mummy exhibits around the country. We'll talk about Smith's mummies and about ancient Egypt's appeal to 19th-century Americans.