Current Museum Exhibit
Doors open wide on the past in the photography exhibition “Building History” on view at the Brigham City Museum of Art and History April 26 through June 26. The exhibit features 50 images of pioneer homes, businesses, churches and schools shot in Brigham City about 1900. A lot of these historic properties are still standing.
Many photographs in the exhibition were taken from glass plate negatives donated to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mid1990s by Richard C. Knudsen of Salt Lake City. There are 258 images of Brigham City in this collection. The photographer is unknown.
Knudsen’s parents and grandparents lived in Brigham City. In most of the images, pioneers and their pets posed for the camera in front of their homes and businesses. The negatives are housed in the LDS Church History Library.
Members of the Northern Utah Camera Club took 50 present-day photographs of the historic properties or their original site if they have been demolished. These images will also be on display. Photos were shot by Mike Goates, Dave Hurst, Gary Hurst, Pat Hurst, Debbie Keesler, Nard Nebeker and Barry Parsons.
The museum is located at 24 North 300 West. The entrance is on the west side. Admission is free. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For additional information, please phone (435) 226-1439 or visit www.brighamcitymuseum.org.
The visual autobiography of Brigham City includes a photograph of the LDS Fourth Ward Meeting House built in 1893; the Brigham City Post Office; the Studebaker Shop; Heber Smith Horseshoeing and General Blacksmithing store; the Woolen Mills and Tailoring Store; and Minnie’s Palace (the home of one of Lorenzo Snow’s wives). The styles of the homes vary from Mansard and Queen Anne Victorian to vernacular styles constructed of adobe brick and half wood and half adobe.
Some of the artifacts in the exhibit that are a reminder of the spirited people who put down roots in a desert wasteland are two wood-based, stucco pieces that adorned the porch of Minnie’s Palace; an ornate, flat capital that was above a pilaster of the Lincoln School; a huge concrete placard that was placed under the steeple of the original LDS Fourth Ward Chapel; and assorted memorabilia related to the Dance Academy.
Kaia Landon, museum director, says, “Visitors will be encouraged to write on post-it notes any information they have about the historic dwellings or the people pictured. It’s important to build on the history of our community.” She pointed out, “May is National Historic Preservation Month, and one of its goals is to improve the understanding of historic architecture.”
Landon secured a Museum Project Grant from Utah Arts & Museums to digitize photographs and other materials from the museum’s collection and put them online. Photographs in this exhibition are among those that museum staff have digitized and are available to view online at http://collections.boxeldermuseum.org.
The public will be able to visit some pioneer homes during the 1st Annual Brigham City Historic Home Tour set for June 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Homes selected for the tour are located between 100 North and 200 South and between Main Street and 200 East. There will be docents at each home. The cost of the tour is $10 for museum members and $15 for nonmembers. The tour is also a fundraiser for the Brigham City Museum and the Box Elder Museum of Nature. The tour is a collaboration between the two museums and the Brigham City Historic Preservation Commission. If anyone is interested in showing their historic home, please contact Katie Conrad, tour coordinator, at (435) 226-1439.
The Brigham City Museum is an art and history facility in Box Elder County that opened in 1970. Exhibitions include at least one national traveling show a year as well as a variety of temporary art and history exhibitions of four to eight weeks each. The museum’s dedicated history section includes activities for children. Guided group tours are available with two-weeks’ notice. The facility is a department of Brigham City Corporation.