This article originally appeared in Vol.55, No.1 (2008) of Pioneer Magazine.
by Susan Lofgren
“Among the village treasures are: the awkward, hand sewn, hand woven clothes they wore—the bed with rope springs and straw filled mattress, the great iron kettles used to cook over the campfire or fireplace, the musical instruments, carriages and sleighs, the old tin bathtub, the weaving loom where the housewife wove the cloth to make their clothes, the great prairie schooners in which the Pioneers crossed the plains and sometimes lived in for a time until they could bring down logs from the canyon to build their homes, a chair that has likenesses of the heads of Joseph and Hyrum carved in the back.“The Indian collection given by Mildred Miles Dillman of Roosevelt, Utah, is outstanding, with items dating back 2000 years Seven national authorities, including Dr. Donald Scott of Peabody Museum, Harvard University… examined [an Indian sandstone] tablet and pronounced it as being from culture that existed 1200-1700 years ago.“You could spend hours in the museum’s old merchandise store with all its stock, moved from Kamas, Utah, and assembled. It is a real education. Do take your Sunday School students out to see these and many other wonderful items of interest.”