During a recent trip to Salt Lake City, I stopped by the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP, DUP) and the Pioneer Memorial Museum.
The Daughters of Utah Pioneers was organized 11 April 1901 in Salt Lake City when Annie Taylor Hyde, a daughter of John Taylor (president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), invited a group of fifty-four women to her home seeking to “perpetuate the names and achievements of the men, women and children who were the pioneers in founding this commonwealth”. Utah pioneers are those who traveled to or through the geographic area covered by the State of Deseret/Utah Territory between July 1847 and 10 May 1869 (the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad).
The Pioneer Memorial Museum houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts on one subject, and includes items such as Brigham Young’s Wagon, historical manuscripts and even a blacksmith shop. It is a fascinating place to stroll through as you try to picture yourself back in 1847, one of 148 people to migrate West and settle in the valley of the Great Salt Lake. Makes me truly appreciate the planes, trains and automobiles of modern times.
Want to know if you are a descendant of Utah Pioneers? Here are a few collections to get you started:
- Daughters of Utah Pioneers and Their Mothers
- Daughters of Utah Pioneers Obituary Scrapbook
- Utah, Our Pioneer Heritage
- Utah Pioneers and Prominent Men
- Sons of Utah Pioneers Membership Applications
- Pioneer Immigrants to Utah Territory
- Search more Utah records
If you find a pioneer ancestor, consider joining the ISDUP and make sure your ancestors are all represented in their history collection. The organization is open to any woman who is a direct-line descendant or legally adopted direct-line descendant with a pioneer ancestor, is over the age of eighteen, and of good character.