The history of American Fork, Alpine and Pleasant Grove is an enduring legacy, thanks to efforts by local communities and the Daughters of Utah Pioneers to restore pioneer halls.
All three cities and their DUP camps have spent the past year or more renovating pioneer museums.American Fork's DUP, with the help of the city and the Lions Club, just finished adding a new gable roof and a sealing paint to the building. Next on their list is the renovation of a log cabin located next to the DUP museum.
In Pleasant Grove, the DUP has renovated its 124-year-old building with a new roof and windows and finished restoring the second of three rooms in the building.
The Pleasant Grove museum was originally a school, then a recreational facility, a church, and then a library. According to Maymetta Johnson, a member of the DUP museum committee, the museum is the oldest school building in the state. It was built in 1864.
In Alpine, the DUP has worked for three years restoring its museum, constructed in 1863. New windows were recently installed and the inside was remodeled.
All remodeling was done to preserve the artifacts in a safe environment.
The American Fork DUP museum was originally built with a flat roof, but Rhonda Marshall, museum committee chairwoman, said the roof was changed because it has leaked a number of times and the moisture has damaged items inside.
"Now everything is done. We just have to put it back together," she said. "We are excited about the project. Things are really falling into place now. Everyone has been really anxious to help."
The American Fork museum, in Robinson Park, will open this fall two days a week during hours that are still to be determined. It will be open this winter by appointment.
Marshall said the DUP hopes to have the log cabin adjacent to the museum restored by next summer. Sod, a sprinkling system and a fence will be installed at the site this fall.
"We are hoping to make it look as near authentic as we can and be able to show it along with the museum," Marshall said.
The cabin was built by Joseph Forbes, an American Fork pioneer and educator. It was given to the city several years ago. Pleasant Grove DUP members plan to restore the third room in their museum next year. This spring they completed a big project by making negatives and prints of all pioneer pictures exhibited in the relic hall.
Work has been so successful that the Pleasant Grove City Council has given the DUP a good-citizenship award for progress on the museum.
The museum and the log cabin will be open this fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays and by appointment this winter. The museum is at 55 S. First East.
The Alpine museum, about 50 N. Main, is open by appointment and will be open two Saturdays each month this fall.