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Welcome to the official site of International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP, DUP). ISDUP 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. For more information about DUP, click here.  For more information about the history of the organization, click here.
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Research Hours: Monday through Friday 9 to 4

We are a research facility for histories and photographs. These are available Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm and Wednesday until 7:30 pm.


Pioneer Memorial Museum Designated Best Pioneer Museum in Utah

The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Pioneer Memorial Museum was designated as the Best Pioneer Museum in Utah for the year 2015.  Click the link to check it out.


February Lesson, Music and Artifact

February 2016 lesson is titled “Pioneer Jewelry” by Ellen Taylor Jeppson


“Jewelry has been a part of almost every civilization in the history of the world. For many centuries, adorning one-self with jewelry has been consistent across continents, cultures, religions, gender, race, and class. Many items of jewelry originated as purely functional items.  Barrettes, hairpins, combs, and hatpins were created for styling hair and keeping the hat in place. Brooches, pins, and buckles were made to hold clothing in place, and watch chains kept a watch safe in a pocket or around a wrist. 

Many pioneer women enjoyed jewelry. Some walked across the plains with a brooch pinned to a shawl, holding the ends together over their shoulders. Many women wore a wedding ring, cameo pin, or a locket with a picture or a lock of hair from a loved one.  Some put pearl-decorated combs and fancy hatpins in their hair, while others wore a simple strand of beads.” 


Be sure to attend your local camp meeting to hear more about Pioneer Jewelry.  Lessons are available for purchase by contacting the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City at 801-532-6479  ext. 200 or


February Song - Pioneer Women  by Mary Howlett Marble

This song is dedicated to six of my pioneering ancestors, women whose stories have greatly enriched my life.  Maren and Margrethe came from Denmark; Mary, Harriet and Margaret came from England; and Lodesky migrated with her parents from Mississippi.  Each experienced trials in the journey. Once in Zion, each labored hard to build up Zion and raise a righteous posterity. I am humbly grateful for their sacrifices. This song is from the "Pioneer Song Contest Collection 2013."  Emma Stuart is the vocalist on the 2015-16 Music CD.  Both the Pioneer Song Contest Collection and Music CD are available for purchase at the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City or from our online shop at


February Artifact - Heritage Quilt

Where: Wasatch County DUP


The Heritage Quilt shows ink drawings of significant pioneer buildings in Wasatch County drawn by local artist Fred Mertlich.  The drawings were transferred to beige material where Suzanne Mertlich made a quilt top with each block set with a red border. The Mertlich’s then donated the quilt top to the museum.  Master quilters of the DUP Wasatch Company quilted the top and is now displayed and mounted behind glass at the museum.  It is one of their most popular artifacts.

Wasatch County DUP Museum

188 South Main Street – Heber City, Utah  84032





The Days of 47 Royalty Pageant 2016

This year’s theme, “Pioneers – Inspiring Today's Generation!” will be exemplified in the young women who participate in The Days of ’47 Royalty Pageant for 2016. These contestants, descendants of pioneers who arrived in the valley between 1847 and 1869, are pathfinders of today. They represent the high standards of modern-day pioneers with a love of their pioneer heritage and a vision of the difference young women can make in the world.


The pageant to select a queen and two attendants will be held April 14, 15, 16, 2016, at the Conference Center Theater, located at 60 West North Temple Street in Salt Lake City. The Annie Taylor Hyde Award will also be presented to a young woman (chosen by her peers) for her consideration of others, congeniality, and modesty, among other traits. Scholarship amounts from $500 to $3,000 will be awarded to the Royalty and the Annie Taylor Hyde award recipient. For the application, click hereThe application deadline is 5:00 pm April 1, 2016.  


The pageant is produced by the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers. All the young women who will be competing are between the ages of 19 and 25. The chosen royalty will ride in The Days of ’47 Parade, will be in attendance at many functions (such as The Days of ’47 Rodeo), and will speak at numerous gatherings and events during the summer of 2016.  They will be role models to all young women who hear their message as they represent the State of Utah, The Days of ’47, and Daughters of Utah Pioneers.



January Lesson, Music and Artifact

“Surviving the Saluda” by Julie Nichols Thompson is the January 2016 lesson.


What do an English sheepherder, Wilford Woodruff’s future wife, a Scottish bagpiper, and a school teacher from Ohio have in common? They were born and raised hundreds, if not thousands, of miles apart and were not related by birth or by marriage. Each raised families and lived out their days in different counties in Utah. If we look beyond the fact that they were all Mormon pioneers, we find that the common thread which binds their histories was spun when their paths crossed briefly during a significant, yet often overlooked, story from our pioneer history.


Our four pioneers’ stories merge into one in the bustling city of St. Louis, Missouri, where the steamboat Saluda was docked, awaiting the next load of freight and passengers. This would be the last trip for the aging steamer, and her destruction would result in the most significant number of deaths in a single day in the history of pioneer emigration. Mixed with profound human loss, we find the stories of lives miraculously spared, faith undeterred, and kindness extended by a people who have long been condemned for their mistreatment of the Mormons.


Don’t miss this intriguing lesson on the Saluda in your local camp meetings. If interested in purchasing your own copy of this lesson, contact the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City at 801-532-6479 ext. 200 or


2016 January Song - Our Utah Pioneers

This song was submitted in 1925 by Martha Cooley and Flora B. Ferraro, daughters from the Weber Company at the invitation of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Central Company. Both words and music provide a fond tribute to those pioneer ancestors who endured so much in their early settlement years.


2016 JANUARY Artifact - SWORD

Wasatch County DUP 

188 South Main Street - Heber City, Utah  84032


This ceremonial sword and scabbard are German made between 1861 and 1865.  Major John Wesley Witt, of the Wasatch Militia, purchased this sword in 1866. The Ute Indians led by Chief Black Hawk were raiding, stealing cattle, and threatening the settlements. The militia was organized to provide protection for the settlers and was given the charge to make peace. An Indian War Association Medal and an Ivory pin with an Indian in a headdress were awarded to Robert Stone Duke.  The framed picture is of Utah War Survivors and a picture of Major John Wesley Witt.


Christmas Trees at the Museum

As an OUTREACH endeavor, we invited camps and/or companies to participate in decorating a tree in the SLC DUP Museum. The following two trees were erected proudly in the Lecture Hall and spotlighted during our Christmas Program on 4 December 2015. They added much to the decor and we thank them very much for participating!

Tree #1 - Martha Kerr, captain of the Ellen Buckland Loder camp in Bountiful, Utah assembled this tree. The theme was “A Tribute to Ancient and Latter-day Saints”. On the tree, there are coinage chains with the emblem of DUP made with our new cookie press. Each coin has the name of one of our Daughters pioneers with their arrival date to the Salt Lake Valley on the back. These are suggestive of head gear worn by women of the Middle East. The Ancient Christian symbols of the fish and wagon wheel are done in gingerbread and green and gold crochet, respectively. The gingerbread camel is for whimsy and period placement. The small crochet flowers represent the Legend of the Dogwood flower (since it has four petals and we couldn’t figure out how to get three for a Sego Lily from a granny square!). Pictures of the Daughters are on the ornaments. We placed a star of Bethlehem on top to say our Ancient is now a Christian.

Under the tree she used the scripture John 6:32-33 and the picture depicting Latter-day, and to the best of their ability, Ancient pioneers. In keeping with the message that Jesus is the bread that God sent from heaven, an example of the ancient sprouted wheat or Essene bread and pioneer pan bread are displayed. The Latter-day pioneer bonnet has Johnnycakes (or Hoe cakes) spread out as if to stop for a midday bite to eat from that morning’s breakfast on a wool blanket. The image of bonnet ties left untied depicts the Latter-day pioneers as they walked along and is reminiscent of the Ancient Pioneers. Other breads more modern are around the tree. This has started a new tradition by placing bread under the tree to represent the Christ child sent from heaven. Merry Christmas from the Daughters of the Ellen Buckland Loder camp.

Tree #2 - Sue Eggett and her granddaughter Cassandra Scalzi represented their Sunflower camp in the Davis Kaysville company by putting together this tree. The handcarts were made by Sue’s husband. This tree represents the Pioneers who have come before and on behalf of us. The good news is they have donated this tree to the museum to be used at Christmastime. We will definitely be displaying this cute tree year after year in the museum. THANK YOU!











Second Planting

"Second Planting” is a painting which was inspired by the story found here at the DUP museum in Salt Lake City of John Gleave and his daughter Rosella. The artist Glenda Gleave donated this painting to the museum at the Christmas Program on December 4 where President Maurine Smith accepted it.








Excerpts from the President's Packet

Excerpts from the President's Packet are now available online. These sections include Chaplains, Conventions, Historian, Legacy, Markers, Music, Docents, Outreach, Parliamentarians, Registrar, Secretaries, Treasurer, and Satellite Museums.Click on each of these sections to open that part of the packet:  Chaplains, Conventions, Historian, Legacy, Markers, MusicDocents, Outreach, Parliamentarians, Registrar, Secretaries, Treasurer, Satellite Museums


2015 Days of 47 Royalty Announced

Royalty for 2015 Days of ’47 were crowned Saturday, April 11th, 2015.

The queen is Madeline Kay Field (photo middle), a student at Utah State University.  She is the daughter of Mathew Field from Draper, Utah, and Lisa Wiebolt from Syracuse, Utah. First attendant is Christina Muhlestein (left), a student at BYU. Her parents are Brent and Elaine Muhlestein from Bountiful, Utah. Second attendant is Kaitlin Paxton (right), a student at University of Utah.  She is the daughter of Bob and Michelle Paxton from Bountiful, Utah. The trio was chosen during a pageant held April 11 at the LDS Conference Center Theater.  They were selected by a panel of judges based on talks centered on this year’s theme, “Pioneers – Forging a New Frontier!”.  Their goals, accomplishments, poise, leadership, answers to judges’ questions, and family genealogy with pioneers who came to the Salt Lake Valley between 1847 and May 10, 1869 were other qualifications. As they travel and speak this summer, our Royalty will be an example to young women who hear their message.  They will represent The Days of ’47 and International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers well. 

Numerous Days of ’47 events occur during July.  Go to for dates and locations.  The Days of ’47 Royalty will attend all of these activities. They are available for appearance and speaking engagements from June-August 2015.  Contact their advisor Cathy Ehlert at 801-274-1224 or 801-580-8565 or to schedule.


Annie Taylor Hyde Award

Kassidi Faulkner, currently attending BYU, the daughter of Anthony and Trina Faulkner from West Jordan, Utah, received the Annie Taylor Hyde Award. She was chosen by her peers for her friendship and kindness.