The Franklin Company of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers has found a temporary home for its artifacts in a new museum set for a grand opening on Saturday, June 1.
The company would like to move the museum to the Oneida Stake Academy building when its restoration is complete, but until that time, the museum will occupy a small structure on the property of Doug and Sharon Webb of Preston.
“We are grateful for the space offered by the Webbs,” said Alexis Beckstead, DUP Franklin Company president.
The Oneida Stake Academy Foundation is loaning three oak display cases to the museum that were made by Wes Dryden, with funds granted by Monsanto.
The museum has a pioneer sitting room, kitchen and tool room. The tools are hung on boards from early-day Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints notable Harold B. Lee’s family barn, donated to the DUP.
The artifacts were first displayed in a replica in Benson Park of Preston’s first schoolhouse, which was built of logs on 4th South on the crest of Creamery Hollow.
Then they were shown at the Oneida Stake Academy before the building was moved. The relics have been in a storage shed since that time, with the exception of a few at the courthouse and some placed at the Franklin Relic Hall.
“We are very happy that the public can now see a majority of our historical items, which are dedicated to the pioneers of 1947-1969 and early Franklin County history,” Beckstead said.
The new museum board consists of Diane Hyde as director, Julie Westerberg as docent director, Kay Moser as secretary/treasurer and Alexis Beckstead.
The museum has many items that came across the plains with settlers of Franklin County. A sofa made in 1878 in Logan is the focal point in the sitting room, which includes a pioneer nursery.