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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 Closed for Thanksgiving

The Pioneer Memorial Museum and ISDUP will be closed the week of November 23 in honor of Thanksgiving. We will re-open with regular hours on Monday, November 30.


ISDUP Christmas Program : December 4

You are invited to attend the annual ISDUP Christmas Program, "Magical Music of Christmas." We will have the program December 4 at 11:00 am and again at 1:30 pm at the Pioneer Memorial Museum at 300 North Main in Salt Lake City. Please come join us for our Christmas card to you! Refreshments will be served.


November Lesson, Music and Artifact

The lesson for November is titled "Counterpanes and Coverlets" by Dawna Daines Thayne. In the pioneer era, people used to call any bedspread or top quilt a COUNTERPANE. The word originated from the fifteenth-century French word, contrepointe.

A COVERLET was known as a blanket used as a top covering on a bed. The name is from the Middle English coverlite and was used in the United States from the colonial period to the mid-nineteenth century. It was a bed topper designed more for decoration than warmth and was usually woven shorter than a bedspread. Both men and women could weave these textiles one row at a time in either a pattern that was called geometric, or figured and fancy. If a coverlet has an inscription in one corner, it is almost always woven in backwards and forwards so it can be read on both sides of the material, because coverlets are usually reversible, intended to be used on either side. So when a woman's name was woven into a coverlet, it was usually the name of the owner and not the weaver.


The Pioneer Song is "Oh, Don’t You Remember”.

Oh, Don't You Remember: The "Ben Bolt" tune to the song "Oh, Don't You Remember" is a good example of American ballads sung in the 19th Century. It originated in the Central Blue Ridge Mountain regions and is among the 100 top favorite tunes of the 19th Century. Many different words have been penned to accompany the tune. Perhaps the most familiar are those to "Sweet Betsy From Pike." In the DUP Pioneer Song book, we find the original words by Maggie Hill, in which she asks that we remember grandma and the trials she cheerfully bore. In a side note, the melody was sung by Scarlet O'Hara in the classic movie Gone With the Wind.

The Pioneer Song Book and the 2015-2016 Music CD are available for purchase at the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City or from our online shop at


2015 November Artifact- MEDICAL BAG
Escalante DUP Museum – Escalante, Utah


Susannah Alvey Heaps paused in her home duties and in October 1909 went to Salt Lake City where she took a

 course in obstetrics. Her career as a midwife began July 1, 1911. Until she became too old, she was the only doctor in Escalante, caring for nearly a thousand people, as well as delivering babies in Boulder and Widtsoe. These trips were done by horseback as Boulder was a distance of 30 miles, over the worst road in the state of Utah. She was called at all times of day and night during all kinds of weather for all kinds of sickness. No matter how far her patient was from our home, mother walked twice a day to care for the mother and baby, and cooked and cared for the rest of the family. She delivered over seven hundred babies alone.

She was a marvelous person and at home she had a wondrous cellar. Every little kid wanted more than anything else to peer just once into that cellar because, as everyone – and certainly the kids themselves—knew, it was where Aunt Susan kept all o’those babies. That’s true – whenever a family wanted a new baby, they simply told Aunt Susan and she would go to her cellar and select one that was “just right” for that family. She got the old black satchel that carried the baby and left.



2015 October Annual International Convention

We just concluded a very successful and exciting ISDUP Annual International Convention held in Layton, Utah earlier this month.  Our Delegates arrived early for the Election Meeting to approve and vote Daughters to the ISDUP Executive Committee.  And for the first time, in a very long time, our Recording Secretary was nominated from the floor.  For a list of the new Executive Committee, click here.


We would like to give a shout out to the six Board Members who retired this past year:  Denice Wheeler, Gayle Sheffield, Barbara Dorigatti, Joleen Barker, Jody Pratt, and Laura Oviatt.  Between these six Daughters, they served a total of 57 years. 


Elaine Brewster and the Express Mail band presented a wonderful musical program on The Pony Express Riders.  If you are interested in obtaining The Pony Express Riders CD, or any of her other CDs, details and prices are below: 

Single CD – “They Rode with the Wind” (Daring Adventures of the Pony Express)   Elaine Brewster and Express Mail   $10.00

Single CD – “3 Saints of Zion”   (The Lives & Faith of Three Utah Pioneers)   Elaine Brewster with Chris Watts   $ 10.00

2 CD Set – “They Rode with the Wind” and Hot Springs (Texas style fiddle tunes)   Matt Brewster  $15.00


To purchase any of these CDs or need additional information, contact the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City at 801-532-6479

 ext. 200.


For more pictures of the Convention, check out our International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers Facebook page.









October Lesson and Artifact


In the October 2015 lesson titled "THE McCUNE MANSION" by Maryann Ruben Jensen, it shows a picture of the 60 Year Reign Commemorative Cup and Saucer of Queen Victoria which is located on the Third Floor, Southwest Side, Case 39, #7068 here at the Pioneer Museum in Salt Lake City. This Commemorative Cup and Saucer were given to Elizabeth McCune by Queen Victoria at a tea in Windsor Castle.


In 1899, Elizabeth McCune represented the LDS Church at the International Congress of Women in London. At the conclusion of the Congress, participants were invited to have an audience with the Queen. When the Queen learned there was a Mormon present, she requested to meet her. Queen Victoria told Elizabeth she was interested in Mormon beliefs and asked her about them. Elizabeth explained the gospel principles and bore her testimony. Queen Victoria’s 60 Year Reign was from (1837-1897). She reigned nearly 64 years at the time of her death in 1901.

The following facts regarding Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth II were identified by Lynnette Hansen of the ISDUP Lesson Committee.

Another Commemorative Cup and Saucer exists in Rebekka Hanson's personal collection in Idaho. The collection represents the 60 Year Reign of Queen Elizabeth II (1952-2012).

Calculations show that Queen Victoria reigned 63 years and 216 days, whereas, the current Queen Elizabeth II has reigned 63 years and 260 days and counting. On September 9, 2015, at 5:30 p.m., BST, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest living British monarch in history, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

Tradition shows that Queen Elizabeth II rides in the same coach that Queen Victoria did to attend the annual State Opening of Parliament every year.






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.