1. What are some suggestions for developing a lesson?

Answer - Try the following:

  • A lesson should be approximately 25 minutes.

  • Lesson leaders should only give what can be presented in the allotted time. Use a timer, then the daughters in your camp will know you are staying within your time limit.

  • You must read the entire lesson to decide what is most interesting to present. You do not need to search for additional material; we have already done the research and want the information in the lessons presented.

  • The following are different ideas on how to give a lesson and involve others in presenting it.

    • First person stories

    • Skits or role play

    • Clever picture displays

    • Artifacts or other visual aids

    • Individual maps and pictures

  • Caution: Don't give camp members an open-ended assignment because they may take your entire lesson time.

2. What is ISDUP's expectations concerning Pioneer Histories?

Answer - Follow the suggestions below for a Pioneer History presentation in camp meeting.

  • The pioneer history should be approximately 15 minutes. (If longer, the remainder can be given at the next camp meeting)

  • These pioneer histories are one of the most important parts of our organization. It is our responsibility to record histories on all the pioneers.

  • After presenting a pioneer history in your camp attach one completed title page (click here for printable title page) to it and give them to your camp historian. The camp historian must sign the title page and then gives it along with the pioneer history to the company historian. The company historian must send each history with its title page to the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers History Department. Company historians should send the histories in as they are received and not wait to collect several.

  • Remind the daughters that these histories are of prime importance. It is from them that we have the resource to help write the lessons. The lessons are not to be used for someone's personal history. The histories they present should be of their own personal ancestry.

3. What is a "Company Seminar"?

Answer - The following is information on Company Seminars.

  • Usually August is the best month to hold this meeting.

  • It is for all the camp positions. This is where they get the handouts for the year and where they receive training.

  • The camps are not sent the information received at the International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers Seminar; therefore, it is important that company leaders copy this information and present it to your caps at your company seminar. They need to have this CURRENT material.

4. What is the role of the Company Lesson Leader?


  • The role of a Company Lesson Leader should be to serve as a resource person for Camp Lesson Leaders. Lessons contain at least 44 printed pages and contain more information than can be given in a regular camp meeting. Lesson Leaders should choose portions of the text they find particularly interesting to their audiences. It is never necessary to bring in outside information. Pictures and maps included with the text may be copied and enlarged to present with the lesson.

  • The Company Lesson Leader should present only a brief summary of the lesson at the company meetings.

  • Her role is that of a mentor for Camp Lesson Leaders.

5. Tell us about lesson corrections.


  • Do the following if you find correction to made in a lesson.

    • List Lesson title, year and month

    • List page where correction needs to be made

    • List correction and primary source for correction.

    • Include your name, address, and phone number

  • Mail above information to:

    • Lesson Committee

    • C/O International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers

    • 300 N Main St

    • Salt Lake City, UT 84103-1699

  • Be aware: Corrections must reach Lesson Committee before 1 May of each year. This is because the manuscript for the hardcopy volume must be corrected before going to the publisher.

6. What is Daughters of Utah Pioneers theme song?

Answer - There are two theme songs.

  • Daughters of Utah Pioneers (D.U.P. song book, Pioneer Songs, page 158)

  • Salute to Our Utah Pioneers (D.U.P. song book, Pioneer Songs, page 321)

7. When was Daughters of Utah Pioneers incorporated by Utah?

Answer - April 2, 1925. Daughters of Utah Pioneers was incorporated by the state of Utah on this date.

Source of Information: An Enduring Legacy, Volume Twelve, p.96

8. What does "Native Pioneer" mean?

Answer - Someone born in State of Deseret or Utah Territory between 24 July 1847 and 10 May 1869.

Source of Information: An Enduring Legacy, Volume Twelve, p.98; ISDUP website

9. How is "Utah Pioneer" defined?

Answer - Someone who traveled to or through the geographic area covered by the State of Deseret or Utah Territory between 24 July 1847 and coming of the railroad to Utah on 10 May 1869. Such as the following:

  • A person who traveled to or through geographic area (3) covered by State of Deseret/Utah Territory between July 1847 and 10 May 1869, such as,

    • Trappers and hunters

    • Freighters

    • Members of wagon companies (Mormon or Non-Mormon)

  • Members of Mormon Battalion who traveled to or through geographic area covered by State of Deseret/Utah Territory before the completion of the railroad, 10 May 1869

  • Members of Johnston's Army who traveled to or through geographic area covered by Utah Territory between 1857-1858 (Utah War, 1857-1858)

  • Passengers of Ship Brooklyn who settled in San Diego, San Bernardino, or traveled to or through geographic area covered by State of Deseret/Utah Territory

  • Workers of all on the railroad in geographic area covered by Utah Territory before 10 May 1869

Source of Information: An Enduring Legacy, Volume Twelve, p.96; ISDUP website; 2009-2010 Presidents' Packet

10. Should a separate pedigree chart be filled out and sent to International with the Membership Application?

Answer - NO. Fill out the history and pedigree in the space provided on the application. [Read more]

Source of Information: An Enduring Legacy, Volume Twelve, p.96; ISDUP website

11. What are the duties of a camp captain?

Answer - The captain shall preside at and conduct all camp meetings where she shall present for consideration the business of the camp and further the interests and policies of the association. She may call special meetings when necessary. After consultation with her Executive Committee, she may fill any vacancy that occurs in office with the exception of the captain and appoint all camp committees. She is an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. At the conclusion of her term of office, she shall review before the camp the work accomplished during the preceding two years. She shall, with the consent of her Executive Committee, authorize disbursement of all monies. She shall sign all correspondence pertaining to camp business. She and two others shall audit the treasurer's financial records annually.

Source of Information: DUP Bylaws

12. Define "Active Member"

Answer - An "Active Member" is an ISDUP member who HAS PAID the current ISDUP year's dues. A member DOES NOT have to attend meeting to be considered active. Advantages of being Active (Paying Dues): Get ISDUP newsletter, LEGACY.

13. Define "In-active Member"

Answer - An "Inactive Member" is an ISDUP member who HAS NOT PAID the current DUP year dues. Even though she has not paid her due she is still a registered member of ISDUP and as such must kept on the camp rolls.

14. Define "Camp Charter Member"

Answer - One of original members when a camp is organized.

15. Define "Camp Charter Meeting Minutes"

Answer - Minutes recorded of first meeting of new camp. A camp should have a copy of its Charter Meeting Minutes in its records.

16. Define "Regional Representative"

Answer - Regional Representatives are appointed in areas where the organization has several counties and are far enough removed from the headquarters that representation of national officers at jubilees, seminars, installations, or other special programs is difficult due to timing and expense of travel. The regional representatives are the liaisons between the national officers and the county boards.

Source of Information: An Enduring Legacy, vol. 12, p.136; "Daughters of Utah Pioneers Minutes Books, 1901-1987"

17. When was "The Legacy" first issued?

Answer - A newsletter entitled "The Legacy" was first published in 1983 with Eileen Robinson Dunyon as editor.

Source of Information: An Enduring Legacy, vol. p.135

18. What's the history of the "Pioneer Song Book"?

Answer -

  • The first book to be published by Daughters of Utah Pioneers was a book of folk songs. These songs came from all over the world and were passed on by word of mouth and sung in times of pleasure and stress, around the home fires, and on the open Plains. They were a reflection of the lives of the people and their dreams of better things and happier days.

    • September 24, 1914. Professor Evan Stephens prepared a special group of pioneer songs for a publication entitled Pioneer Jubilee Songster

    • June 1927. A committee was appointed to select the songs and begin working toward the publication of a pioneer songbook for Daughters of Utah Pioneers.

    • September 14, 1931. George D. Pyper granted the use of some of the songs from the Deseret Sunday School Union Book to be used in the new songbook.

    • February 27, 1932. The Pioneer Song Book, published under the direction of President Kate C. Snow's board, was delivered on this date. President Snow then called for volunteers to meet at the Capitol Building on Monday, February 29, to mail the books to counties and individuals who had already sent in their money.

  • The group expressed the feeling that the excellent collection of pioneer songs would add greatly to the historical records of the state.

  • Alfred M. Durham, well-known music leader in Utah, arranged most of the songs in the book.

    • October 8, 1932. The recently published Pioneer Song Book was promoted at the fall convention held on this date. County presidents were also asked to accept and introduce the Utah State flag in their areas.

    • April 5, 1941. A second edition of the Pioneer Song Book was received from the publisher on this date.

Source of Information: An Enduring Legacy, vol. p.100

19. What is a Camp and what is its function?

Answer -

  • The Camp. Every Daughter holds her membership in the camp, organized in her locality under a company. Meetings are held once a month, on a date decided either by the company officers or by the local camp leaders. Camp officers are elected every two years to lead the camp members.

  • Camp Meetings. Every camp meeting follows a definite pattern, inasmuch as the time is devoted to a study of the founders, events, and history of the State of Deseret and Utah Territory. A topic in the form of a lesson wriiten by the International Lesson Committee is presented and discussed, under the guidance of the camp lesson leader. This is called the lesson period. Songs that the pioneers knew and music that they loved bring back memories of the past. The biography/history of a Utah pioneer read by one of the Daughters, tells of the struggles, risks and dangers, mingled with the faith, joys, and successes of her pioneer ancestor. This history is important and a copy should be filed at the Pioneer Memorial Museum (Salt Lake City).

Source of Information: Heart Throbs of the West, vol.10, p.424-425.

20. Define "Jubilee."

Answer -

  • At a meeting of the State Central Company of Daughters of Pioneers [n.d.](1), it was decided that the annual outing or celebrations of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, either camp or county, or state central, should be known as "Jubilees" in memory of the name applied to many of the celebrations held by the pioneers. It is well to recall that even though they withstood many hardships, our pioneers had time to play and to get together in the spirit of commemoration and celebrate events of historic value.

  • The annual outing shall be known as "Daughters of Utah Pioneers Jubilee". (The ByLaws of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, 2003 - Article VI Section 1. Title of Annual Outing.)

  • Currently camps and companies celebrate "Jubilee" by an outing or luncheon.

  • (1) Known as ISDUP Internal Board as of Friday May 13, 2011 Monday May 17, 2010

Source of Information: Heart Throbs of the West, vol.1, p.324