Daughters of Utah Pioneers prepare for new year

The Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) is an international organization whose objective is to perpetuate the names and achievements and artifacts of the men, women, and children who founded the state of Utah. It strives to do this by preserving historic landmarks and all types of historical data to perfect a record of the Utah pioneers. DUP publishes and reviews histories of the pioneers who gave so much in founding and colonizing Utah, thus teaching their descendants and other citizens lessons of faith, fortitude, courage, and patriotism.

The DUP was organized for historical, educational and public purposes and is non-political and non-sectarian. Women who are the age of 18 or older, of good character and lineal or legally adopted descendants of an ancestor who arrived before May 10, 1869, are eligible for membership. Women who desire to take part in DUP but do not have the lineage are welcomed as Associates of DUP.

The local DUP organization is called the Iron Company. President is Georgia Flanningan with Marijane Hughes as first vice president and Lakay Weber as second vice president and Joan Jerome as secretary/treasurer. Other officers are Hilda Adcock as registrar; Kara Allan as historian; Mary Gae McMullough as chaplain, Beniti Orton as arliamentarian; Florence Stewart as chorister; and Mary Jane Seamen as organist.

The Company is comprised of seven Camps in the surrounding area. Aunt Margaret, Coal Creek, and Iron Mission Camps are located in Cedar City, with Johnson Fort in Enoch, Betsy Topham in Paragonah, and Aunt Paulina and Elizabeth Camps in Parowan. Camps meet once a month from September thru May at a time and place determined by the local unit. Meetings generally consist of singing pioneer songs, an ancestor’s short personal history given by a Camp member, and a well- researched lesson about emigrant pioneers and colonizers of the west. There is an opening social in September, a Christmas social, and a closing social in May. These camp meetings are a wonderful way to keep connected to the pioneers and honor their memory as well as forging new friendships with the other members. If you love history, you will love DUP.

The DUP theme for 2018-19 is “Daughters of the Future, Keepers of the Past.” The motto is “Our Heritage Binds Us Together.” Members of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers are very proud of their pioneer heritage and treasure their special history. They believe that if the descendants of those worthy pioneers don’t preserve and honor their histories, they will be lost and a precious heritage will be lost.

They encourage everyone to share the family stories and traditions with their children and grandchildren and keep the memories alive. For those who qualify and would like to join the DUP, it will help them put their stories and traditions into print to be preserved for future generations. They love new members and extend a special invitation to women who would like to join one of the local Camps.

Camp Captains

Aunt Margaret – Debbie McBrearty 858-382-4372

Coal Creek – Karen Hugh 435-590-0618

Iron Mission – Marion Whitney 435-586-3432

Betsy Topham – Joyce Jenkins 702-219-8427

Johnson Fort – Delene Small 435-586-2320

Aunt Paulina – Joan Jerome 435-590-6923

Elizabeth – Kristine Robinson 435-477-3479

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