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Museum Information

Goals of the Museum

To honor and preserve the heritage of the Pioneers who settled Wasatch County from 1859 to 1900. To celebrate the contributions, sacrifices and hear the stories of pioneer men and women in the Company. To provide a place where the public can come to reflect and learn about the land and the founders of this great place.

Tours

Come and tour the museum during our regular museum hours Tuesday through Thursday from 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Call and make arrangements that meet your needs be it morning, late afternoon, evening or Monday.

We will do our best to accommodate you schedule. We schedule tours for schools, community, civic, church, and family groups.

Features

Displays and Exhibits are housed at the DUP Museum.

  • Over 130 beautifully framed photographs of many early settlers in Wasatch County
  • Display of Native Americans - Brief history of Black Hawk War in Wasatch County
  • Historically significant exhibits and displays, unique and rare artifacts
  • Heritage Quilt of Historic Buildings in Wasatch County (DUP Museum)
  • Historic Barn Quilt (Tabernacle)
  • Books of historic interest are available. Titles such as "How Beautiful Upon the Mountains", "Under Wasatch Skies" and others. Some titles may be available in digital form only.

Examples of Museum Exhibits

 
The Heritage Quilt shows ink drawings of pioneer buildings in Wasatch County. Local artist Fred Mertlich did the drawings and they were transferred to beige material. Suzanne Mertlich made the quilt top setting each block with a red border. The Mertlichs donated the quilt top to the Museum. Master quilters of The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Wasatch Company quilted the quilt. The quilt is mounted behind glass at the Museum. It is a very popular artifact.
 
This ceremonial sword and scabert are German made between 1861-65 and purchased for Major John Wesley Witt of the Wasatch Militia in 1866. The militia was organized to provide protection for the settlers. The Ute Indians led by Chief Black Hawk were raiding, stealing cattle and threatening the settlements, The militia was charged to make peace. The medals were awarded to Robert Stone Duke. An ivory pin with an Indian in a head dress and an Indian War Association Medal. Utah War survivors are shown in the photograph.
 
This drop leaf table has a beautifully carved pedestal base. It belonged to Joseph and Sally Murdock. They settled in Nauvoo in 1840. The Prophet Joseph Smith, Hyrum Smith and Brigham Young ate meals at the table, with the family, Joseph died in Nauvoo, he wanted his family to emigrate to the west. Sally and the children joined the Ira Spencer Company and they arrived in Salt Lake, September 22, 1847. The table was among the possessions they brought with them. Sons Joseph Stacy and Nymphus Croidin Murdock settled in the Heber Valley.

 

Artifact Donations to the DUP Museum

Artifacts that are appropriate for display that fit the pioneer era criteria (pre 1900) and are in good repair will be evaluated for acceptance.

One page histories of your ancestors who lived in Wasatch County prior to 1900 will be included in the museum files.

Be a volunteer at the Museum:

Become a docent, three hours, one day a week. Assist patrons and learn interesting facts about Wasatch County its people and land.

Museum Hours

  • Year Round
          Tuesday-Saturday
          1:00 p.m.- 4:00p.m.
           (Closed the day of, day before and
           after, Thanksgiving, Christmas,
           and New Year's Day)
  • Tour Information
          To make reservations
          for a tour contact Kathryn
          Berg museum director at
          435-654-0164 and/or Di Ann
          Duke Turner president of
          Wasatch County DUP
          at 435-654-2868 or
          435-671-2396. If your
          group is small reservations
          are not needed for regular
          hours. Schools need to let
          the director or president
          know when they are coming.

Museum Board

  • Kathryn Berg, Museum Director 435-654-0164
  • Di Ann Duke Turner, Wasatch County DUP President 435-654-2868 Cell 432-671-2396
  • Lavon Provost, Member of the board 435-654-0680
  • Kathy Tingey, Member of the board 435-654-4518
  • Kathleen Kendall, Member of the board 435-654-0558

Item Price List

  • How Beautiful Upon the Mountains a history of Wasatch County (Not Availaible in Print CD Only) $15
  • The Barn Book  - History and pictures of old barns in Wasatch County $5
  • Echoes or Timpanogos Charleston's early history $20
  • Picture of Wasatch Stake Tabernacle - Signed by artist Vernon Murdock $10 - Unsigned $3
  • Note cards of barn quilt 4 for $10
  • Water colored note cards of Pioneer Homes 5 for $10
  • Outdated calendars with old pictures of the valley - Free

Our Purpose

Daughters of the Utah Pioneers was organized solely for historical, educational, and public purposes and is completely non-political and non-sectarian. We are dedicated to honoring the names and achievements of the men, women, and children who founded Utah.

 

We seek to encompass a broad scope of services, ranging from the preservation of historic landmarks to the education of thousands of school children and adults about their pioneer forebears.



Wasatch County Chapter

188 S Main Street

Heber City, Utah  84032

Tel. (435) 654-2868

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