The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area Restoration projects have been plentiful over the last decade. You may not be aware of the various projects that have been completed inside the boundaries of the MPNHA. While a majority of the work has been on restoring and preserving the history of early Mormon pioneer settlers of the area, there has also been significant effort given to telling the stories of the people who shaped the unique landscapes of the MPNHA.
Over the past 12 years, the MPNHA has assisted 26 communities and seen the revitalization of 45 historic buildings/areas throughout the corridor in the telling of the Mormon pioneer story.
To date, more than 130 different MPNHA grants have facilitated the restoration of historic buildings across the heritage area, breathed new life into towns as part of main street revitalization efforts, and provided educational opportunities, including the MPHNA’s own TV show “Discovery Road” and the book “Legends, Lore & True Tales in Mormon Country,” for members of local communities and visitors to experience the lives of those early pioneers.
The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area restoration projects were accompanied by educational programs, and historic sites, the MPNHA has contributed in the development of an agritourism/equestrian center, 3 veterans memorials (in Gunnison, Loa and Salina), trails and biking paths, three museums, commemorative kiosks and pavilions, a railroad village, and interpretive visitors centers, including the Hole-in-the-Rock Interpretive Center in Escalante.
Several of the projects have been recipients of heritage restoration and other awards, while the MPNHA itself was named “Best of State in Heritage Tourism” in 2017.
The MPNHA is committed to continuing its efforts, which have borne tremendous fruit in the communities it covers and greatly enhanced the telling of the tale of the magnificent Mormon colonization of much of the West, long into the future.
We know that you have some amazing photos, and now it’s time to share them! The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area is hosting a photo contest. It’s time to dust off the camera, phone, whichever you use to capture special moments and share some great pictures. You probably have some on your hard drive somewhere too!
To enter, users must upload their images to the MPNHA Facebook Page and submit a form (below) for each image that they enter into the contest.
- All photos must be be property of the entrant and an original work. If you are submitting for someone else, permission must be obtained before uploading the image.
- All photos must be taken inside the boundaries of the MPNHA.
- Photo enhancements are allowed.
- The entry can be used on the MPNHA’s social media channels, website, etc. and will be credited to the entrant.
- If people are included in the image, a release is required for entry.
- All entrants must submit a short entry form in addition to uploading the image onto the MPNHA Facebook page.
- The final date to enter is July 21, 2017 at midnight, mountain time.
- The winner of the contest and $25 gift card to a retailer of their choice will be selected by the number of likes on their image. Ask your friends to vote for your image! In the event of a tie, the images with the same number of likes (loves, etc.) will be assigned a random number and then picked at random. The winner will be chosen and contacted on July 31, 2017.
- There is no age limit to participants (under 13 years of age must have parental permission) or limit to the number of images that are allowed, as long as every image has been submitted into the form below.
- Voting starts when you upload your image, so enter earlier for your best chance.
- Those who work for the MPNHA are not eligible to enter/win.
- Have fun.
MORMON PIONEER NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA (MPNHA)
MPNHA congratulates Mormon Miracle Pageant on 50 Seasons
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Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2016
MANTI, Utah–As the community of Manti is busy with preparations for this year’s Mormon Miracle Pageant, the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area offers its congratulations on the pageant’s 50th year.
“We congratulate the thousands of people who have contributed so faithfully to telling the story of their Mormon heritage over 50 years of dedicated pageant service,” MPNHA Director Monte Bona said.
Just as the pageant is celebrating a significant anniversary, so too is the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area which was signed into being by President George W. Bush on Oct. 12, 2006 —10 years ago.
Both the pageant and the MPNHA grew out of the desire of local people to tell the history of the Mormon pioneers of Central Utah, of the faith that led them to cross the American continent to forge new communities in a barren landscape.
In multiple projects over the past 10 years, the MPNHA has sought to preserve the heritage of those settlements, which became the towns of today’s Central Utah, and to share it with the world.
In that spirit, the MPNHA granted $240,000 toward development of the 2.25-acre Mormon Pioneer Heritage Gardens which were opened in 2012 across the highway from the Manti temple grounds where the Mormon Miracle Pageant is staged.
“The Mormon Pioneer Heritage Gardens stand as a striking example of why we received national designation as a heritage area,” MPNHA Director Monte Bona said. “They represent what the late Sen. Robert F. Bennett said when he introduced the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Act: ‘The story of the Mormon pioneers is one of the most compelling and captivating in our nation’s history.’ The monumental Manti Temple overlooking the gardens bears witness to the cooperation, industry, ingenuity and true grit of the Mormon pioneers. We are proud to call it the Mormon pioneer miracle on Temple Hill.”
As the pageant continues to flourish, it will do so with the support of the MPNHA which recognizes it as a unique portrayal of those early settlers and the faith that fueled their courageous colonization of central Utah.
For more information, contact MPNHA Director Monte Bona at 801-699-5065 . ###
The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area includes 400 miles of glorious scenic byways, a vast array of wildlife, the best of western living, cattle and sheep ranches, and colorful mountain vistas, all within a trip on Utah Heritage Highway 89.
Tens of thousands of visitors pour in to Manti mid-June to see Mormon Miracle Pageant, this year celebrating its 50th year.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 7:00 P.M.
The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Ephraim on their 90TH ANNIVERSARY world tour. Snow College will host the world renown team as they perform their unique and entertaining style of basketball.
Harlem Globetrotters have thrill their fans in over 122 countries.
The Globetrotters have a history spanning 90 years of delighting and thrilling audiences around the globe. They began their iconic style of entertaining in 1926 under the name as the Savoy Big Five. They later became the Harlem Globetrotters and after more than 20,000 games they proudly are have the distinction as the most recognized sports franchise in the world. They display their talents with their unique skills that have amazed audiences for the last 90 years. Whether you are an avid basketball fan or enjoy a good evening of fun, you will not want to miss this exciting event.team.
Snow College Activity Center in Ephraim, Horne Activity Center
350 E Center St
Ephraim, UT, 84627
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The Annual Lighting of the City Lights in Mt, Pleasant will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 on Main Street. The festivities will begin at 4:00 PM and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus is slated for 4:15 PM.
At 5:30 PM the lights will be turned on with the accompany of Fireworks. It is a sight to behold!
Come join in the Spirit of Christmas, with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Hayrides, Hot Chocolate, Cookies, and Entertainment by the Mt. Pleasant Elementary Children.
Sat, Nov 28, 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Mt Pleasant Main Street
Celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas!
Santa & Mrs. Clause
Children’s games with prizes
Hot chocolate & cookies
Entertainment by Mt Pleasant Elementary children
These 13 Towns in Utah Have the Best Main Streets You’ve Gotta Visit
There’s just something about the Main Street in any town. It’s often part of the town’s historic district, and typically features some of the oldest buildings in the area. The best Main Streets are bustling, vibrant places where members of the community, along with visitors, shop, eat and mingle. Here are a few of Utah’s best Main Streets; maybe you’ve visited some of them recently!
Which Main Streets did I miss? Share your favorite in the comments.
Move to These 14 Towns in Utah if You Want to Get Away From it All
has listed 5 Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area Towns. This is a great honor to be recognized, of course Director, Monte Bona sates that, “I think that each one of our communities should be recognized as outstanding towns to raise your child or retire. These are just wonderful areas with even better citizens.”
If you live in one of Utah’s larger cities, you might dream of moving somewhere far away from other people. Our state has lots of small, rural towns that offer a much quieter, peaceful existence. Of course, job opportunities, shopping and entertainment are much harder to come by in these little towns. But that’s the point, isn’t it?
Kanab has a population of around 4,400 people. It’s near Lake Powell, the Grand Canyon and Zions National Park, and is home to Best Friends Animal Society. Kanab has a vibrant population of people from all walks of life.
Bryon C. Andreason author of Looking For Lincoln in Illinois series has a new addition to his collection with his newly published book, Looking For Lincoln In Illinois; Lincoln And Mormon Country . This new book introduces the rich history of the early Mormon leaders and Abraham Lincoln. This edition contains over thirty amazing stories that connect President Lincoln with the Mormon community and members.
It is an honor for the Mormons and the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area to be recognized by the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area with the publication of Andreason’s latest addition to his popular series.
Andreason amply tells of the great generation of the nineteenth century pioneers and of the Latter-day Saints, in Nauvoo to the state capital of Springfield. Included in this publication are maps, historic photos, Mormon expeditions, descriptive battles, interesting events of his travels, the now famous inns in which Lincoln visited. Also included in the edition are Brigham Young and various Mormon apostles of the time.
The book also includes colorful and engaging looks at key figures such as Brigham Young, various Mormon apostles, and more. Anyone inspired by Lincoln, as well as Mormon and Illinois history enthusiasts, will appreciate this look back at a long-past, but not forgotten, landscape.
Those with any interest in the history of the nineteenth century history, Abraham Lincoln, and Mormon history will sure be pleased with his latest publication.
There is another interest that the Looking For Lincoln and the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area have in common, it is the recently published book Legends, Lore& True Tales In Mormon Country. This insightful book was edited by Monte Bona, Director of the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.
It contains contributions from authors Christian Probasco, Steven J. Clark, Eileen Hallet Stone, James Nelson, Jack C. Billings, Ed Meyer, Jack Monnet, Jason Friedman, and Shirley Bahlmann. These gifted authors have brought to life the exciting life and times in the Mormon Country.
Interesting and beloved stories of Brigham Young, Hiram Bebee, Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, Maude Adams, Chief Walkara, Chief Black Hawk , and Zane Grey’s ghost and numerous other stories. This book is a wonderful addition to your library, our family truly enjoys learning between myth or fact in our new home.
These books are a great Christmas gift for all that have an interest in the Mormon Country, and in President Abraham Lincoln.
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 2, 2015
Utah Education Network TV (UEN) will begin airing “Discovery Road,” a series that grew out of a desire to tell the stories of the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area and its people, on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. UEN broadcasts on Channel 9 in most parts of Utah.
Conceived in 2012, “Discovery Road” is an ongoing series of half hour shows featuring a ‘55 Pontiac affectionately named “Love Me Tender,” which hosts James Nelson and Maryda Nicole Gallo drive along U.S. Highway 89, All-American Road State Route 12 and Scenic Byway State Route 24.
Using music, storytellers and the characters in the communities along the way, the hosts present the history, scenery and culture of the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area in an entertaining and educational manner. “
The whole idea behind the show is to get people to do what they used to do on Sunday afternoons — take a drive,” said MPNHA Executive Director Monte Bona.
UEN-TV Program Manager Kyle Anderson said “Discovery Road” is a great fit for the station. “At UEN our main purpose is to reach to the statewide community,” he said. “Discovery Road is a good local resource with a lot of good stories about Utah and Utah history. It’s very well done and entertaining.”
James Nelson and M. Nicole Gallo driving “Love Me Tender”, a ‘55 Pontiac, outside Spring City on Heritage Day.
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The show’s times lot at 6 p.m. on Saturdays is great for people who are coming in from the outdoors and want to be both educated and entertained, Anderson said.
October schedule: Oct 10, 6 p.m. “Don’t Let Them Be Forgotten”
This episode tracks the Blackham family, who were barely subsisting working in the cotton mills of England’s industrial revolution in the latter 1800s, to joining the LDS church and migrating to Sanpete County. They paved the way for current-day descendents, who are farmers, att orneys, business leaders, musicians, teachers, and politi cians, including present-day mayors of two Sanpete cities.
Oct 17, 6 p.m. “Music Is the Reason”
Welsh pioneers to Zion were sent to Sanpete County to develop a “Coal Bed” (the original name of Wales Town in Sanpete County), bringing with them their native gift of music. The coal ran out, but these musical miners produced both the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Osmond Family, to name just two.
Oct 24, 6 p.m. “The Heritage Experience”
A busload of travel writers heads north from Zion’s National Park along Heritage Highway 89, visiting historic stops along the way, including Mom’s Café in Salina and Clarion, the short-lived Jewish settlement west of Centerfield.
Oct 31, 6 p.m. “Mormon Trail: Black Experience”
Returned Mormon missionary Marcus Ewell discovers his family history includes an ancestor who served in the Mormon Batt alion and another who traveled the Mormon trail. The Discovery Road crew visits Marti ns Cove, Winter Quarters and many other places on their journey to the past. As the visit to yesterday plays out along the trail, a mystery unfolds about who might have been with the Ewell family every step of the way.
Nov. 7 Mormon Trail – The Forgotten Ones
Nov. 14 Mormon Trail – The Disabled Ones
Nov. 21 Nati ve Americans and Sacred Water
Nov. 28 Filmmakers Shootout in Kane County
Dec. 5 Garfi eld County*
Dec. 12 Scandinavian Show*
Dec. 19 The Dreams I Left Behind* Merrill Osmond joins “Discovery Road” as a guest in “Music is the Reason.”
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After airing on Saturdays, each show will air again at noon the following Wednesday.
“Wherever we go while producing Discovery Road episodes people ask where they might be able to see the shows. When we tell them UEN, they nod approval and tell us that’s a place for good programming. We agree. The programming is diverse, educati onal and entertaining. We are delighted to be a part of it,” said Discovery Road Co-host Maryda Nicole Gallo.
In addition to airing on UEN, “Discovery Road” is running on several stations in central and southern Utah, including CentraCom Interactive’s Channel 10, Manti Telecommunications’ Channel 3 and KTTA in Monroe.
Interested viewers may find out how to access UEN-TV at http://www.uen.org/tv/translators/
*December programming is tentative as Discovery Road has several more episodes in production which may take the place of currently scheduled shows.
** Descriptions of these episodes may be found on the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, www.mormonpioneerheritage.org/discovery-road-videos.
About the MPNHA:
The Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area is a federally designated area of central and southern Utah running along the beautiful and historic U.S. Highway 89 — including the All-American Road Utah State Route 12, and Capitol Reef Scenic Byway Utah State Route 24, which both intersect with U.S. 89 and together form the MPNHA’s Boulder Loop. The area includes the counties of Sanpete, Sevier, Piute, Wayne, Garfield and Kane.
About UEN: The Utah Education Network was established more than 20 years ago by the Utah State Legislature to coordinate telecommunications technology for public and higher education. UEN infrastructure serves public education, higher education, applied technology, libraries, government, and other public entities by providing networking, application and support services, serving a vital role in anticipating and meeting the educational needs of our state.
Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 11, 2015
Jewish community of Clarion to be memorialized in Gunnison
Gunnison, Utah (Sept. 11, 2015) — Residents of Gunnison Valley are pleased to memorialize an almost forgotten piece of Jewish history in Utah.
What: Clarion historic marker unveiling and program
Where: Legacy Plaza, Main & Center Streets, Gunnison
When: Friday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.
The story of the ill-fated Jewish Agricultural and Colonial Associati on’s agricultural colony in Clarion, five miles southwest of Gunnison, will be summarized in a historic marker on Gunnison’s Legacy Plaza. The historic marker will be unveiled on Friday, Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.
“The colonization of Clarion was an important part of the history of Gunnison Valley. The Clarion Legacy Kiosk, placed in Gunnison’s Legacy Plaza, will recognize that contribution and stand as a lasting tribute to the courage and determination of the Jewish people of Clarion,” said Lori Nay, former mayor of Gunnison who helped orchestrate the project.
The ceremony will include original music from the Clarion Centennial Pageant of 2011 performed by Clive Romney of Utah Heritage Arts, remarks by dignitaries and refreshments.
Speakers will include Gunnison Mayor Bruce Blackham, Councilman Robert Anderson, Jerry Klinger (Jewish American Society for Historic Preservation), Monte Bona (Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area) and Dr. Robert A. Goldberg, (author of “Back to the Soil: The Jewish Farmers of Clarion, Utah, and Their World”).
Artist rendering of kiosks to be unveiled Sept. 25 in Gunnison. –
In 1911, Benjamin Brown and 11 other Russian Jewish immigrants arrived in Utah as part of a national movement among Jews to return to the soil. Brown and other community leaders had purchased property from the Utah State Board of Land Commissioners after being disappointed by high land prices in New Mexico and Colorado.
At the turn of the century the Jewish immigrant population in New York and Philadelphia was looking for a way out of the poverty-filled tenements. Brown and others hoped a return to the land would free Jews from the poverty of the cities and allow them to be self-reliant. The Clarion colony was one of 40 that sprang up across the U.S. around that time.
Brown and association partner Isaac Herbst had purchased a 6,000-acre parcel of land with water rights for $69,000, with 10 percent down and a 10-year balance. The 5-mile-long-by-3-mile-wide property was a half mile from the Sevier River and close to the expected route of the future Piute Canal.
They were led to believe that it was “choice, arable land,” but soon discovered that it was instead clay-based and difficult to cultivate. Still they moved forward, planting oats, corn, alfalfa and wheat.
Over the next five years, the colony, which they named Clarion, struggled to survive. More immigrants arrived, and the community grew to 200 people. But the colony was doomed from the start.
Just two of the colonists had any farming experience. The community lacked sufficient water for the crops, even when the promised Piute Canal was brought out to Clarion. When they built a cistern to store water for livestock it collapsed because it had been improperly constructed.
The first-year crops were so meager that the community could not make its loan payment, but Brown and got an extension from the state, a loan from the Gunnison Bank and $5,000 from Utah Colonization Fund bonds purchased by Salt Lake City’s Jewish population, along with $2,000 in donated lumber.
That kept the colony going, but extreme weather conditions took their toll. The colonists, who had been led to believe that the climate in Sanpete County was temperate, were surprised by heavy snowfall the first winter, subsequent heavy summer storms and runoff, and the area’s short growing season.
Neighboring Mormon farmers greeted the colonists with a welcoming dinner, and over the life of Clarion, shared harvesting and threshing chores. They shared the drought years too, but being accustomed to local conditions, the Mormons had an easier time.
At a 2011 Clarion reunion, Allen Frandsen of Centerfield speaks with former Clarion resident Lillian Brown Vogel, who was 102 at the time. Clarion was the daughter of the settlement’s founder, Benjamin Brown. Vogel lived in Clarion until she was five years old.
The challenges facing Jewish settlers who came to Clarion in the early 1900s with virtually no farming experience were many, and, to honor their perserverance, a memorial plaque will be unveiled on Friday, Sept. 25, in Gunnison. –
In November 1915, the State Land Board foreclosed on the Jewish property and most residents were forced to leave Clarion. Most returned to the East but several remained in Utah as farmers, entrepreneurs, and merchants. Benjamin Brown, for example, founded Utah Poultry Producers Coop which became Norbest and IFA, and Maurice Warshaw established the Grand Central stores in Salt Lake City.
Despite the hardships, many of the colony’s families retained positive memories of their experiences in Clarion that have been passed along to their descendants.
Utah author Eileen Hallet Stone wrote a telling and touching story about Clarion in “Legends, Lore and True Tales in Mormon Country,” published by The History Press. She concludes her chapter with this insight: “Today, Clarion is a fragment of history. Its land still lies fallow. But the memories of Jewish farmers adapting to a new world, learning a new language, taking great risks and earning a new life remain miraculously intact.”
Mormon Pioneer Nati onal Heritage Area Director Monte Bona said, “The Mormon Pioneer Nati onal Heritage Area keeps those memories alive by establishing a memorial to the brave Jewish pioneers who gave their all in the pursuit of a Utopian dream. May that dream never die in the hearts of their descendants and all people who honor the courage, faith and hope of those who dare to do great things even when failure looms. Picking up, starting over, learning and moving on to new horizons and new experiences constitute the essence of what it took to colonize the West.”
The historic marker pays tribute to all the colonists, to their courage, strength and determination, and to their lasting impact on Gunnison Valley and Utah.
For more information, contact MPNHA Director Monte Bona at 801-699-50657 or Project Director Lori Nay.
The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area includes 400 miles of glorious scenic byways, a vast array of wildlife, the best of western living cattle and sheep ranches, and colorful mountain vistas, all within a trip on Utah Heritage Highway 89.
PIONEER NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA (MPNHA)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHAT: Manti City celebrates LDS Tabernacle Restoration with Open House
WHEN: Sept. 12-13, 2015
CONTACT: Monte Bona 435-462-9002
WRITTEN BY: Linda Petersen
Manti celebrates LDS Tabernacle Restoration with Open House
A prime example of Mormon pioneer architecture has been restored in Manti. The historic Manti Tabernacle, which was dedicated in 1903 by Joseph F. Smith, has just undergone a 15-month renovation and will be open for the public to tour two days next week. The tabernacle will be rededicated Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m.
The tabernacle, which is listed on the national historic register, is one of only three 19th-century LDS Church houses still in use as a meeting house. “The tabernacle stands as a glowing example of the tenacity, grit and skill of the Mormon pioneers who played an important role in the colonization of the West,” said Mormon Pioneer Nati onal Heritage Area Director Monte Bona.
“The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area greatly appreciates the commitment that has been made to maintain the character and significance of this magnificent edifice that exemplifies what we hope to preserve as a national heritage area.”
“In our modern age, when its sometimes more expedient to remove old structures and replace them with economical new ones, this act represents a major commitment by the LDS Church to honor the faith of its founding membership,” he said.
The open house, where the public can tour the restored tabernacle, will be held Friday, Sept. 11 and Saturday, Sept. 12 from 3 to 7 p.m. The building will be rededicated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Area Seventy Elder Michael Jensen on Sunday, Manti Tabernacle Sept. 2015, after renovations are completed, Sept. 13 at 12:30 p.m.
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The tabernacle has a rich pioneer history. In 1860, the impoverished Manti LDS church members laid its foundation, but delayed organizing a tabernacle construction committee for 17 years.
Work was ongoing on the Manti Temple, which was constructed from 1875-1888, during the same time period and most of the pioneers’ limited resources were used for that endeavor. It was finally completed in 1903.
“We are pleased to see this magnificent historic tabernacle rehabilitated with such care and skill,” said Don Hartley, Utah Division of State History historical architect.
“It was constructed in the late 1870s and has signifiance not just for Manti and Sanpete County, but churchwide as a symbol of faith and courage. For the Mormon pioneers in Manti to build both a temple and tabernacle possessing such architectural signifiance, and at such great material sacrifice and cost when even their own survival wasn’t a sure thing, reflects their devotion.
For the setters who worked on this building and maybe didn’t write letters or keep journals, this is their testimony, rendered in stone, still speaking to us across the generations.”
“It’s really significant that the church decided to do this restoration,” said Matthew Christensen, manager for the LDS church’s Manti, Utah facilities group, said. “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints places great value on these historic structures which stand as a testimony to the skill, craftsmanship and the many sacrifies made by the early saints.”
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The tabernacle, which was designed by William H. Folsom, the architect for the temple, had two additions to the main structure in 1927 and 1958.
When the structure was built, the early Manti church members did not have the funds to include decorative fascias and soffits on the building. However, in anticipation of a time when they could add them, they left nailer strips embedded near the top of the north and south exterior walls and on the east and west gables.
“They didn’t know how long it would be before they would be able to have the money for them so the strips were left exposed for decades after completion,” Christensen said.
While renovating the exterior, the project team and the church historical department decided to leave the nailer strips exposed to help tell the story about how the building was constructed, Christensen said.
The original structure and the later additions have all been reroofed and the attic has been insulated to modern standards. To complete the exterior upgrade, new landscaping and site irrigation have been installed.
Inside, particular attention has been paid to restoring the chapel. The original fir timber columns of the 1920’s balcony were cored out and steel beams were inserted into the columns to maintain their historic integrity while stabilizing the structure.
Cracked walls in the chapel have been replaced, and the historic Christ at the Well mural and wall finishes have been restored.
Period finishes such as a 1900’s-style chandelier, carpets, paint, pew fabrics and wood and plaster finishes have been installed throughout the tabernacle.
For more information, contact MPNHA Director Monte Bona at 801-699-5065 or Matthew Christensen, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Manti, Utah facilities group manager, at 435-835-8887.
The Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area includes 400 miles of glorious scenic byways, a vast array of wildlife, the best of western living, cattle and sheep ranches, and colorful mountain vistas, all within a trip on Utah Heritage Highway 89.
Of the list, Mt. Pleasant, in Sanpete County, Kanab, in Kane County, and Monroe, in Sevier County are in the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area. Utah is a beautiful state with many charming towns, magnificent landscape, and overflowing in rich history. If you are a resident of this amazing state, might we suggest that you get to know your state, learn all there is to know, and enjoy her natural resources. If you are wanting to visit Utah we highly recommend our state as one that will delight you with all that she has to offer.
Pioneer Days is a great time to visit Utah but don’t wait, visit Utah over and over to really experience all that Utah has to offer. Experience the enchantment of small town living in this great and beautiful state all within a short distance of the larger metropolitan cities. Where small town charm and rich pioneer traditions coexist to provide an environment unlike any other.
Here Are The Most Beautiful, Charming Small Towns In Utah
Utah has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few decades; once small towns have grown to medium-sized ones (at least by Utah standards). Of course, you can still find many beautiful little towns across the state. This list isn’t meant to be a “Best Of.” It’s simply a list of a few small towns we think are great (in no particular order!). We chose towns with populations between 612 and 5,130, though many residents living in towns with populations of 10,000 or even 20,000 might enjoy that small-town atmosphere.
June 18-20, 23-27, 2015
Every June comes an experience of dance, drama, music, and a cast totaling over 800 performing on a stage that is larger than a football field. This compelling story of ancient American history comes alive in dramatic scenes that tells of the classic battle of good over evil. The many characters in this pageant will remain with you long after the last performance, perhaps will stay with you always. Here you will be introduced to the likes of Ammon, Captain Moroni, King Lamoni. Mormon, Samuel the Lamanite and many more.
The pageant is right off the Utah Heritage Highway 89, where the scene settings unfold under the starlit night with the exquisite Manti Temple sitting stately before the audience. From the east there is the beauty of the landscape maybe as it was in ancient times when the inhabitants of the pageant lived and died. Here you will visit the reenactment of the resurrected Christ visit these ancient people that will be depicted in the Mormon Miracle Pageant.
Here you will see the resurrected Christ appear after the great destruction that followed His crucifixion. He will heal the sick, and bless the children. You will learn how the sacred records were preserved in this, our time.
These ancient records are provided to Joseph Smith and the people that God has come together to help Joseph translate and publish the Book of Mormon. Through the story of fictional characters Robert and Mary Henshaw, you will experience their struggle as they search for religious truth. In the awe inspiring finale, you will come to know the overpowering knowledge that love and families are eternal.
The saga of the Mormon Miracle Pageant unfolds at the base of the magnificent Sanpete, Manti LaSal Mountains, with the fresh, cool canyon breeze, and the canopy of the evening stars preparing a perfect night for the performance to begin. Major enhancements have been made for a more enjoyable experience such as new sets, newly staged scenes, and new costumes.
This year the most awaited scene of the resurrected Christ’s appearance to the ancient people on the American continent will be included this year in the pageant. The Mormon Miracle Pageant will share with you and your family another testament of Christ.
While food is allowed on the Manti Temple grounds, please clean up and carry out any garbage that you have brought in with you. There are several fast food facilities close by the pageant location
For pageant information, call 1-866-961-9040 . The Sanpete County Travel Council, 345 West 100 North, Ephraim, UT 84627, 435-283-4321 or 800-281-4346 has further information about the local area. Many families camp at local parks and campgrounds. We urge all pageant visitors to strictly observe speed limits and traffic laws. Please, treat the private property of local residents with respect.
In the world or hot rodding, Big Daddy Roth was a legend. He was one of the founders of Kustom Kulture. He was the renowned creator of one-of-a -kind hot rods. As creator of a little green rat, Rat Fink, he epitomizes hot rodding. His little green monster designs still appeal to both the young and the old.
Ed Roth’s artwork appeared in underground comics in the 1980’s and the middle of the 1990’s. Many classify his work as fine art, and can be seen in art galleries.
Mr Roth passed away in 2001. His passion continues on with the dedication his wife Ilene Roth has to carry on his legacy.
The Reunion hosts many events fun for the entire family. Come to Manti, Utah on Utah Heritage Highway 89 for a fun family event.
Monte Bona, along with the collaborative efforts of talented professionals have given us an authentic view of those brave men, women and children who left their homes, family, wealth, and country to establish the communities in South Central Utah.
The powerful stories of the early settlers in the region that is now identified by the Congressional designation as the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, are touching, informative, and compelling
These pioneers certainly left a legacy that illustrates a structure that was steeped in codes of conduct, traditions, and principles that everyone embraced for the sole purpose of succeeding in a somewhat hostile environment. Their stories come to life as you read of their inventiveness, cooperation, conscientiousness, and pure resilience. You will also be moved stories of with miracles that occurred..
Many may be interested to learn that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons were not the only secular group that assisted with the settling of Utah. Jewish settlements, and contributions of a Presbyterian Minister, were instrumental. There were great sacrifices, large doses of humility, and traditional morals that were all combined to make their efforts a true success.
I have a great appreciation for the time intensive work completed by Monte Bona that has gone into producing Legends, Lore and True Tales in Mormon Country (American Legends). It is commendable that such an undertaking has been made to tell their stories. What a great job he has done!
The pictures are an added bonus, they help to recreate the trials, tribulations and the triumphs of the early pioneers. Mr. Bona has done a tremendous job in compiling this must have book for those who seek to find their family history, and a great resource for future generations. Without a doubt this is a book that you will read, reread, share, and retell the stories, legends, lore and true tales to everyone. I highly recommend this book to all who seek the true tales in Mormon Country.
Who doesn’t like a good old western? They are always filled with plenty of action, the good guys always win and the wrong has been righted!
Utah has had over 900 films, television series, and TV made movies filmed here. Within the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area is the best known landscape that was featured in the films by Director, John Ford and the famous “Duke” John Wayne.
Butch Cassidy, or Robert Leroy Parker was raised in Circleville, Utah. His family cabin was once open to the public, but due to considerable damage to the cabin by past visitors taking a memento from the cabin, it was damaged. The cabin is now closed to the public.
Matt Warner, or Willard Erastus Christiansen was born in Ephraim, UT in the Little Denmark Area. He was an outlaw and Butch rode with Matt’s gang the Wild Bunch. Butch and Matt rode to Telluride, Colorado as an introduction to bank robbery.
The unique landscape features a geological wonderland that has been the backdrop for feature films including; “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid,” and “Jeremiah Johnson.” While traveling through the picturesque scenery, you might recognize a scene or two. Included in the heritage area is the birthplace of Utah outlaws, Butch Cassidy and Matt Warner. Matt was a lifelong friend and a gang member alongside of Butch. Many movies were filmed in the scenic Under the Rim District of the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area.
Fairview Museum of History and Art
The Fairview Museum has something for everyone from personal handwritten heirloom family stories, records of founding forefathers genealogy, Native American artifacts, art work from local artists, sculptures by Arvard T. Fairbanks, and a true life scale of a massive mammoth. This Columbian mammoth was almost fully intact when it was discovered as the Wasatch Plateau was being excavated at the Huntington Reservoir in 1988.
Stop in for all that the Fairview Museum has to offer Don’t forget to visit the outdoor equipment that has been collected, that was once used by early settlers of the area.
Fountain Green Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum and Old Tithing House
Manti Historic City Hall
Pattern House and Old Manti School/Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum
There are numerous artisans and galleries in Little Denmark, each one unique. You can find artisans specializing in: country, western, landscapes, exhibits, quilting, weaving, woodworking, murals, paintings, pottery, carvings, silversmiths, gunsmiths, violin makers, saddlery, custom boots, and numerous other crafts that will delight all.
- Accent Wear in Ephraim
- Address: 15 East 300 South, Ephraim, UT 84627
- Phone: 435) 283-4133
- Carver Predator Calls
- Address: 380 East 400 South, Ephraim, UT 84627
- Phone: (435) 283-6525
- Mobile/Other: (435) 340-0303
- KJB Silversmithing
- Address: 161 West Center, Ephraim, UT 84627
- Phone: (435) 283-4016
- Pressed For Time
- Address: 238 South 100 East, Ephraim, UT 84627
- Phone: (435) 283-4788
- Steve Olsen Knives in Ephraim
- Address: 420 East 400 South, Ephraim, UT 84627
- Phone: (435) 283-6344
- Traditional Building Skills Institute
- Address: 150 E College Ave., Ephraim, UT 84627
- Phone: (435) 283-7000
- John Young Knives
- Address: 483 East 400 South, Ephraim, UT 84627
- Phone: (435) 283-4555
- Ron Anderson Wild Life Art
- Address: 385 North Main, Centerfield, UT 84622
- Phone: (835) 528-3679
- Ancestors in Oil in Fairview
- Address: 185 E 400 N, RR 1 Box 81, Fairview, UT 84629
- Phone: (435) 427-9172
- The Art Studio
- Address: 239 S. 200 E., Fairview, UT 84629
- Phone: (435) 262-0324
- Conforme Belle
- Address: 186 West 200 North, Fairview, UT 84629
- Phone: (435) 469-1226
- North Bend Trading Post
- Address: 40 S State, P.O. Box 183, Fairview, UT 84629
- Phone: (435) 427-9390
- R.A. Smith Custom Fly Rods
- Address: 315 S 500 W, P.O. Box 367, Ft. Green, UT 84632
- Phone: (435) 445-3497
- Slickrock Leather Works
- Address: 874 West 400 North, Ft. Green, UT 84632
- Phone: (435) 851-6637
- Stewart Artworks
- Address: 590 West 200 North, Ft. Green, UT 84632
- Phone: (435) 445-3531
- John Pratt Harp Company in Manti
- Address: 360 West 400 South, Manti, UT 84642
- Phone: (435) 835-3541
- Steve Johnson Knife Maker
- Address: 202 East 200 North, Manti, UT 84642
- Phone: (435) 835-7941
- Carl Purcell Studio & Gallery
- Address: 394 West Union, Manti, UT 84642
- Phone: (435) 835-7892
- Aldridge Fine Art Studio in Moroni
- Address: 110 South 300 West, Moroni, UT 84646
- Phone: (435) 436-8815
- Paul Hart Violins
- Address: 36 W. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647
- Phone: (435) 462-0301
- The Illusion Academy in Mt. Pleasant
- Address: 180 North State, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647
- Phone: 435) 462-4545
- Peel Furniture Works
- Address: 565 West Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647
- Phone: (435) 462-2887
- Pioneer Art in Mt. Pleasant
- Address: 720 Walkara Ave, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647
- Phone: (559) 859-3861
- Mighty Quinn Studios / Jason Quinn
- Address: 118 E. Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, UT 84647
- Phone: (435) 462-4531
- Osral Allred Fine Art
- Address: P.O. Box 152, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-2137
- Antler’s Gift Shop
- Address: 465 North Main, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-5642
- The Art of Joan Durfey
- Address: 94 West 100 North, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 262-0360
- Black Canyon Taxidermy
- Address: P.O. Box 361, 300 N 300 E, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-2661
- C. M. Carving in Spring City
- Address: 409 E 200 N, PO Box 190, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-9535
- Douglas Fryer Fine Art
- Address: P.O. Box 394, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-2640
- FiddleSticks Celtic Music
- Address: 95 East 400 South, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (801) 221-1108
- Mobile/Other: (801) 369-1243
- Foxglove Cottage
- Address: P.O. Box 220, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-9618
- Fine Art of Susan Gallacher
- Address: 12 North Main, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (801) 486-5019
- Horseshoe Mountain Pottery
- Address: 278 S Main, PO Box 186, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-2708
- Jock Jones Handcrafted Windsor Chairs
- Address: 125 South Main, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (801) 915-201
- LGK Studios
- Address: P.O. Box 104, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-9603
- Shirley McKay Fine Art
- Address: 190 North Main, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (801) 226-7097
- Mobile/Other: (435) 462-0378
- The Nest Gallery in Spring City Outlaw Glass Blowing
- Address: P.O. Box 251, 150 N 600 E, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 262-0345
- M’lisa Paulsen Fine Art
- Address: 119 W 200 N, P.O. Box 36, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-3454
- Mobile/Other: (801) 910-4191
- Kathleen Peterson Fine Art
- Address: 12755 North 8500 East, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-4319
- Randall Lake Original Oil Paintings
- Address: 63 West 300 South, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (801) 521-4609
- Sanpete Spur & Silver
- Address: 735 S Main, P.O. Box 403, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-7490
- Scientific Glass Arts and Research
- Address: 150 North 600 East, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (510) 381-3436
- Kerry Soper Fine Art
- Address: 190 North Main, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (801) 224-4129
- Walker Custom Boots
- Address: 1335 N Hwy 117, P.O. Box 561, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-3669
- Amanda Willey Studios
- Address: P.O. Box 274, Spring City, UT 84662
- Michael Workman Studio
- Address: P.O. Box 441, Spring City, UT 84662
- Phone: (435) 462-3937
This beautiful house was once the home of William Seely, a prominent citizen, Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1859 to 1890, first Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, businessman, and leader in Sanpete County. One of the first homes to be built outside of the Mt. Pleasant Fort, is now known as the Relic Home.
Built in 1869 this magnificent structure has a hint of Greek Revival architecture. Here he resided with his wife Charlotte and their nine children.
History has placed President Brigham Young at the home, helping to place the floor in the entry way and sitting at the dining room table during a visit.
Representing the United States Government was General Morrow from Camp Douglas, and representing the Ute Native Americans were Sanpitch’s Chief Black Hawk and Chief Indian Joe placing their respective mark on the treaty. History has recorded that Chief Black Hawk had been wounded at the battle on Diamond Hill; he stood tall and dignified as he signed the treaty.
Around 1949 or 1950 the Mt. Pleasant Historical Association acquired the home for the expressed use of a museum.
Here the rooms are filled with large hanging portraits on the walls of early pioneers, historical sites, and homes.
There is also a wealth of treasures in family histories and genealogies of the early pioneers and their descendants.
There has also been a collection of early homesteads and their history.
That is not all that is held within its walls, there are many artifacts that were used and worn during these early days in history.
Along the north side of the property is an authentic working blacksmith shop, owned by Pete Hafen. One of the many outstanding features of the shop is the Prairie Diamond Rings.
It has been told that while crossing the mountains and plains a young couple fell in love and wanted to marry. Of course there was no money to be had, neither a general store, merchant, or jeweler. Hearing of the young couples plight, a kind blacksmith fired up the forge, and took a horse shoe nail to make a wedding ring. It became known as the Prairie Diamond due to the diamond shaped trademark stamped on the head of the nail that represented the Diamond Company. If you are lucky enough on your visit, Pete, the blacksmith just might have a supply on hand or be in the process of making a supply of rings to give the ladies that visit his shop.
As the settlers came west to settle their land,
Many of the youth walked hand in hand.
Some fell in love and wanted to marry,
But, money and jewelry they did not carry.
A kind young blacksmith knew just what to do.
He bent the nail from an old horseshoe.
The Prairie Diamond was the name of the ring.
So much happiness it surely did bring.
Many of the family histories, photographs, and a wealth of information contained in the Relic Home was assembled by Co-Director Tudy Standlee. She has assembled and identified the information on the families so that visitors will know in an instant what treasures the Relic Home has to offer. She has also responsible for the compiled history on the historic homes and their ownership since the beginning of Mt. Pleasant, Utah.