The problem is that all of the hand cart re-enactments have a dramatic moment where they have the guys stand aside and watch the girls move the carts alone up a steep hill. It ties in the MB and other events for drama.
It appears that the writer had confused the manufactured moment with reality. You should take this post and the comments and mail them to the Church News.
BTW, when my daughter’s group hit the hill, the slugs they had in their group had not been participating anyway, so doing without them wasn’t any trial, and they hit the hill and crossed the peak at a run.]]>
My favorite part is reading how young the stake presidents are in the foreign stakes.]]>
Of course the Nauvoo Saints left in 1846 and did not even have handcarts. And the handcart pioneers never saw Nauvoo nor had they even reached America until 1856 and later, heading straight to Iowa City where the railroad ended at the time.
This doesn’t excuse the Church News editor, but I don’t think he’s making a false statement, either. Those who organize these handcart treks often don’t have the history straight themselves. So they plan a “women’s pull” which helps the youth appreciate that part of the Nauvoo Saints’ journey west when so many men were absent. (Can you see how it can work?)
Still, the event organizers and the associate editor could do more to understand and then educate the general Church membership on these fine points!
(By the way, I noticed in the Church News articles on the Handcart Sesquicentennial events in June that they kept claiming the Handcart park was located in Coralville, Iowa. It borders Coralville, but I can guarantee you it indeed lies within Iowa City borders. I LIVED RIGHT NEXT TO IT. Not that I really cared. But you brought up the topic, so I thought I’d help you hash it out.)]]>