DUP Film Festival winners named
On April 27, the Springville-Mapleton Pioneer Museum, sponsored by the local company of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, held a Film Festival at the DUP museum in Springville. Producers of the three winning film entries received cash awards as well as the honor of having their films showcased in the festival and on the Springville Pioneer YouTube channel.
The Springville-Mapleton DUP received a generous grant last fall from the Springville City Arts Commission. The grant was used to fund the Film Festival awards, but it also went toward the purchase of a new projector and screen which will be used by the DUP and the Springville Historical Society for future events and presentations. These organizations are dedicated both to preserving local history and to bringing the stories and history of early Springville and Mapleton to life.
The films presented on Thursday are excellent examples of this effort. Third place was awarded to Steven and Susan Bartholomew for their film titled “How the Halls Came to Springville,” which included an interview with Norley Hall about his ancestor Edwin Hall and his twin brother Edward. According to Hall, Edward put roots down in Springville even before colonists were officially sent by LDS Church leaders to settle the area.
Tona Dyer Cox and her grandson Jason Haymond Jr. took second place with their film “Life of Cynthia Davis Clyde.” This pioneer grandmother, known in the community as “Granny Clyde,” had first- hand experience of persecutions against the Mormons in Missouri and Illinois and eventually became the first Relief Society president in Springville.
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