Susan Bartholomew- New Director of Springville Pioneer Museum
Since March of this year, Susan Weight Bartholomew has been the new director of the Pioneer Museum located in Springville. The museum is sponsored by the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. Susan has also been the president of the Springville/Mapleton DUP Company for the last four years. She says, “Our Springville Pioneer Museum is a wonderful place thanks to the work and dedication of the directors, board members and volunteers through the years. Many photos, histories and artifacts have been donated to the museum. It is our charge to make these objects feel like they have ‘died and gone to heaven’ and to share them with future generations.”
Susan has lived in Springville most of her life, and several of her ancestors were early pioneers in the area. They were Moses and Polly Patten Childs, Oliver Boardman and Hannah Mendenhall Sanders Huntington, and Frederick and Elizabeth Babcock Weight. Her parents, Woodrow Weight and Lucille Miller, lived in Springville also.
Family history has been of interest to Susan all her life. “It is fun and rewarding; I have always felt close to my family and ancestors because of this. I work also at the Springville Family History Center.”
Susan and her husband, Steve Bartholomew, met when they were very young. They were in the same ward and attended the same schools. Together they are the parents of eight children and 19 grandchildren. Their mutual interests are hiking, camping, Scouting, traveling, family and church-related activities.
The Bartholomew name has recently been in the area news because of the addition of the Wayne Bartholomew Family Park, which opened June 13 of this year. The park is located at the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon. Steve Bartholomew grew up at the 30 Oaks Ranch where the park is now located. His father, Eldon Bartholomew, originally bought the ranch and worked it with his brother, Wayne Bartholomew. About the time Uncle Wayne died, the family sold his part of the property to Springville City for the new park.
The Wayne Bartholomew Family Park is bringing many recreational opportunities to not only Springville residents but those from nearby communities free of charge.
The Pioneer Museum located at 175 North. Main.. The phone number is (801) 491-2076. The museum will not be open this year on Utah’s Pioneer Day, July 24. The DUP plans to support Mapleton Pioneer Day activities. *************************** Serve Daily reminds you to visit our website at www.ServeDaily.com. Create a free account and explore the free services we provide. Keep on Serving!