In 1978 (pre-M2C), the Ensign published a wonderful article about the people Joseph knew. Yes, back then, Latter-day Saints were actually informed about Church history without the M2C and SITH spin.
Here's the link:
Now we can find many of these original documents in the Joseph Smith Papers instead of relying on the History of the Church. We have more resources than people did in 1978, but less knowledge among most Church members.
For example, this article mentions the messenger who took the abridged plates to Cumorah, but doesn't mention that David Whitmer's statement that Joseph identified him as one of the Nephites who had the plates.