Springville pi­o­neer sto­ries now on­line

Serve Daily - - COMMUNITY - By Judy El­sner for Serve Daily

Lights! Cam­era! Ac­tion! These words were be­ing heard at the Springville Pi­o­neer Mu­seum (spon­sored by the Daugh­ters of the Utah Pi­o­neers). Pi­o­neer his­to­ries and sto­ries were be­ing told and filmed to share and pre­serve those sto­ries of the pi­o­neers who first set­tled the Springville and Maple­ton area.

This pro­ject was made pos­si­ble by a grant from the Springville City Arts Com­mis­sion.

High school stu­dents, Lau­ren Whiting and Brendan Mur­phy did the film­ing to help bring these pi­o­neers to life and pre­serve lo­cal his­tory. “So Our Chil­dren May Know”. The fol­low­ing sto­ries were told:

Ge­orge “Beef­steak” Har­ri­son; The Story of Ben­jamin Free­man Bird; Mary Jane Chase Fin­ley; James Buchanan Porter and wife Mary Ann Les­lie; El­iza Mc­Don­ald Clyde; John San­der­son Groes­beck Fam­ily; Robert Alexan­der Hutchin­son. These films were added to the three films from the 2017 Film Fes­ti­val: The First Eight (the first eight fam­i­lies to of­fi­cially set­tle the Springville area); Life of Cyn­thia Davis Clyde; and How the Halls Came to Springville.

A spe­cial thank-you is given to those who shared their an­ces­tor’s sto­ries and to all those who made this pro­ject pos­si­ble.

Su­san Bartholomew, Pi­o­neer Mu­seum Di­rec­tor, ex­tends an in­vi­ta­tion to the pub­lic to stop into the mu­seum to view these films and other in­ter­est­ing ex­hibits. These films can also be seen on the YouTube Springville Pi­o­neers Chan­nel. Af­ter you have watched them you might be in­spired to record your own fam­ily his­tory.

The DUP spon­sored Pi­o­neer Mu­seum and the Springville His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is lo­cated at 175 So. Main Street. The mu­seum is opened on Wednes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day from 1-4 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is free. You can call 801-491-2076 for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

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