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.