The Tooele County Daughters of Utah Pioneers recently attended a spring convention held in Grantsville that was hosted by the newly formed Tooele Grantsville DUP Company.
Approximately 100 daughters attended the event, to the theme of “Our Pioneer Heritage: A Snapshot of the Past.” Antique cameras and pictures decorated tables. International DUP representatives attended and presented a seminar for all company board members in attendance.
Tooele County DUP Company will open the Tooele County DUP Museum, 39 E. Vine St, Tooele, for the summer on May 26, and will be open throughout summer until closing on Sept. 2, 2018. During weekdays, museum tours are available by appointment. Public tours are provided with docents and/or just browsing is welcome.
There are eight camps within the county that welcome new members and help with docents in the museum. Anyone interested in joining Daughters of Utah Pioneers can get online and do an application, or contact any board member for an application.
Many treasures reside within the walls of the museum, part of which are in the building itself, as it is only one of two remaining original buildings built in 1863 and used continuously as a town meeting hall, mayor’s chambers, city jail, and dance hall. It now houses antiques from the past, historical objects preserved in time for public viewing.
The Joseph Smith Plate is showcased, which features Royal Blue and White Stoneware, with an English scene painted on it of a man on a horse surrounded by mountains, a ridge and water. The first telegraph key used in Tooele in 1875 is also on display. Sweet dolls with China, hand-painted faces and cloth bodies can be seen. A genuine Eagle Beaver top hat made in about 1843 with a silk lined leather sweatband is on view as a reminder of mountain men who made the canyons and creeks their own throughout the Territories in the early 1800s trapping beaver for a strong eastern market.
Early day pioneers, in attempts to serve fields and cabins with water, hollowed out long logs and used them for pipe. Parts of a wooden pipe that once fed Main Street in Tooele are preserved in the museum.
Histories about Porter Rockwell, the Sheeprock Mountains, Lake Bonneville, as well as many family histories, are kept on file, which with a nominal fee, can be purchased. Pictures also are on file. Public access is available, and for a small fee can also be purchased.
Tooele County Company president Judy Schneider, with her board members, Dorothy Bottema, Norma Worwood, Marian Condie, Gwen Roberts, Helen Pehrson, Sharron Perkins, and Patricia Holden are looking forward to a busy year at the museum.
Visitors help bring grant money to keeping the museum in repair and the doors open. Recently, lights were added to several glass chests to help view human hair art work and many other delicate hand-made items.
Come join the Tooele County Daughters of Utah Pioneers at their historical museum on Saturday, May 26, when it opens for the summer. It is freee and the docents love having folks come share the wonders of the past.
Contributed by Patsy Holden, Tooele County DUP publicist.