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What’s New At The Museum?
Have you ever cleaned out a closet or store room only to find something that wasn’t junk but something you valued? Well, that happened here at our Museum, cleaning out a small wardrobe cabinet we found a green gingham dress that was obviously well worn and repaired often. We had a professional textile person look at it and wow! we were surprised to find that this is a very unique and special re-discovered artifact. We know that it was made in the 1830s and was originally blue gingham (now faded to green). It was a working woman’s dress that has been adjusted for different life situations and repaired numerous times. It was over 30 years old when it arrived in Southern Utah and we are so lucky that it has survived to be almost 200 years old. Usually work dresses were repurposed to rags, quilts, children’s clothes, etc. So glad they didn’t do that with this wonderful piece of history.
Here are some short videos telling the stories of some of our collection. Click on the link to watch the video.
We recently discovered information about several Military jackets that we have had on display for years that we are very excited about. Apostle Erastus Snow owned and wore two jackets that we have on display and we discovered through research and examination by experts that one is a Nauvoo Legion jacket that is very rare and unique. In fact we believe it is one of a kind! The buttons on it show N.L. Life Guard which was a group of men who were bodyguards for Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith. It was made in 1840-45. Very special find for our collection. Another jacket worn by Erastus Snow was a Brigadier General Uniform for the Militia. He served in the Utah Militia in Southern Utah. We even have a picture of him wearing this uniform in front of his troops.
Two of our beautiful silk dresses are in individual cases. They are such a wonderful example of Pioneer ingenuity and determination. Those ladies grew the silk worms and made the silk fabric for their dresses. It took a long time to get a new dress.
The McQuarrie Memorial Museum Annual Report is available. Annual Report 2021-2022