New Historical Museum Opens, First Exhibit Honors Veterans – Press Release 5/28/2004

DATE 05/28/2004 8:45 AM

This is part of an occasional series by the Sanpete Country Travel and Utah Heritage Highway 89 Alliance on the people and places along U.S. Highway 89.

New Historical Museum Opens, First Exhibit Honors Veterans

A new attraction has opened along Utah’s heritage highway route, Miss Mary’s Historical Museum in Salina.

The museum, located in a historical former Presbyterian church at 204 S. 100 East, is on the State of Utah Register of Historical Places. The first exhibit, which opens May 29, honors the veterans of World War I and World War II. The exhibit will include displays, photographs, memorabilia and more.

The museum, which also is available as a special-events facility, has become a repository for the living history of Salina and Sevier County. Built as a church in 1884, it was constructed with stone brought from the quarry northeast of Salina. Its exhibits will depict the early settlement of Salina and its cultural history, including the influence of the mining industry.

The museum is named for Mary McCallum, a Presbyterian minister who came to Salina in 1920 as a missionary. The highly devoted and innovative teacher started the first Kindergarten in Salina. Her curriculum included arts and crafts, music and bible study. She was also known for her kindness towards misplaced Japanese Americans who settled west of Salina after the end of the war in 1941.

For information on the museum, contact Marilyn Cook, (435) 529-7738; Faye Burns, (435) 529-3968; or ReNonne Robins, (435) 529-7702.

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For more information Contact:

Monte Bona
Sanpete County Travel and Heritage Council
(435) 462-2502

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