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MMS seventh grade history class visit

May 14, 2024 09:03AM ● By Nell Nickerson

Students learn about the history and people that helped shape this area into what it is today. Photos courtesy of Morgan DUP

Morgan Middle School 7th Grade teacher Jen Webster arranged for all of her Utah History Class students to visit the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) Museum. They enjoyed a tour of the Museum, a tour of the Pioneer Cabin and had a presentation of “On the Trail”.

Three DUP Members welcomed the students and provided instruction and demonstrations of these activities. DUP membership said it was a pleasure to have the two classes with 46 students on Jan. 10 and another three classes with 90 students on April 23.

The museum offered a tour of the pioneer artifacts and told about the discovery of the Morgan Valley by Thomas Jefferson Thurston. Some of the items the students found most interesting were the dental chair and the tooth extraction tool, coffee grinders used to make flour and cereal from the grains grown, and the horse hair coat.

The cabin built by Charles Shreeve Peterson, and home of the first pioneer child born in Morgan County, provided a glimpse of pioneer living conditions.

The “On the Trail” presentation included learning about the Martin and Willey Handcart company's food rationing. The students were given a “johnny cake” from the one-fourth cup of flour that would have been one day's food ration.

The students spent time at each station and were given a piece of Pioneer honey taffy as they left to return to the school.

“We certainly enjoyed sharing our knowledge and history with the students. Our thanks to Mrs. Webster and the other adults that accompanied these young people.” λ

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