Image ID
ICHi-074349
Headline
Kinderhook plate
Date Created
circa 1843
Artwork/Object Depicted
tablets; relics
Copyright Notice
© 2015 Chicago Historical Society, all rights reserved
Credit Line
Chicago History Museum, ICHi-074349
Inventory Number
1920.487
Storage Location
DIA
Acquisition Source
Charles F. Gunther collection
Max Pixels - Height
4663
Max Pixels - Width
3791
KEYWORDS
1920.487
tablets
relics
forgeries
fakes
Mormons
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kinderhook plate

One of the six original Kinderhook Plates created by counterfeiters in southwestern Illinois who hoped to discredit Latter Day Saints leader Joseph Smith in 1843. The plates were manufactured bearing a fabricated ancient language and buried near the town of Kinderhook, Illinois. The hucksters hoped Smith would translate the gibberish and reveal himself as a fake.

One of the six original Kinderhook Plates created by counterfeiters in southwestern Illinois who hoped to discredit Latter Day Saints leader Joseph Smith in 1843. The plates were manufactured bearing a fabricated ancient language and buried near the town of Kinderhook, Illinois. The hucksters hoped Smith would translate the gibberish and reveal himself as a fake.

2/10/2014