Hair art on dis­play at Springville Pi­o­neer Mu­seum


Have you ever seen a piece of “hair art?” The Pi­o­neer Mu­seum in Springville, spon­sored by the Springville-Maple­ton Daugh­ters of the Utah Pi­o­neers, has sev­eral very in­tri­cate and in­ter­est­ing dis­plays of hair art.

Hair art was very popular in the early days of Utah. Pi­o­neers would take strands of hair to make neck­laces, pins, bracelets and other items. Many would frame it and hang it on their wall. Hair jew­elry was of­ten pre­served be­hind glass or kept in a locket. Each piece was viewed as a di­rect con­nec­tion to that per­son whose hair was used. This would be taken as a truly in­ti­mate re­mem­brance for mourn­ing lost loved ones or seal­ing a friend­ship.

Hair was of­ten formed into a horse­shoe-shaped wreath that was placed on a silk or vel­vet back­ground in­side a frame.

A wreath seen on the wall of the Springville Pi­o­neer Mu­seum was given to the DUP on April 18, 1940, by Olive L An­der­son. She re­lated that in 1888, she was pres­i­dent of the Pri­mary in Manti, Utah. Her Pri­mary of­fi­cers made the wreath from their own and their chil­dren’s hair and the An­der­son chil­dren’s hair. The wreath was then pre­sented to her. The frame is 18 inches by 24 inches. We in­vite you to come see it and other in­ter­est­ing dis­plays at the mu­seum.

The Pi­o­neer Mu­seum in Springville is lo­cated at 175 S. Main; the phone num­ber is 801-491-2076. It is open Wed­nes­days, Fri­days and Satur­days from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Su­san Bartholomew from Camp Canyon Sun­set is cur­rently serv­ing as mu­seum direc­tor. Ellen Clyde from Camp Oak Hills served pre­vi­ously. Any­one in­ter­ested in learn­ing more about the DUP or­ga­ni­za­tion may find that in­for­ma­tion at the mu­seum.

His­toric hair art such as this framed piece can be seen at the Springville Pi­o­neer Mu­seum.

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