This wonderful museum houses many Pioneer artifacts within its walls. As early as 1903, the Daughters of Utah Pioneers organization was interested in gathering and displaying relics and artifacts its members had collected. Ever since that time, many items have been displayed in various locations and museums all over the state. Come and step back in time as you see and experience what life was like as a Pioneer.
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The Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP) was organized April 11, 1901, under the leadership of Annie Taylor Hyde (daughter of President John Taylor) in Salt Lake City. Forty-six women, all of pioneer descent, gathered in her home for the first meeting. At the meeting Annie Taylor Hyde stated that she "felt deeply impressed with the importance and desirability of the children of pioneers becoming associated together, in some kind of organization which would have for its object the cementing together in bonds of friendship and love the descendants" of the early pioneers.
The constitution of the DUP states that the purpose of the organization is "to perpetuate the names and achievements of the men, women and children who were the pioneers in founding this commonwealth by preserving old landmarks, marking historical places, collecting artifacts and histories, establishing a library of historical matter and securing manuscripts, photographs, maps, and all such data as shall aid in perfecting a record of the Utah pioneers."