Monday, May 20, 2013

Historic Preservation Committee Wins Award

 On May 9 the Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee was the recipient of a 2013 Heritage Award at the Utah Heritage Foundation’s annual ceremony in Salt Lake City. The nine-member committee of Taylorsville volunteers was chosen for getting the community involved in heritage education.
“We are really proud,” said Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee Chair Joan White. “We have worked hard and it’s nice to be recognized.”
Education is one of the major goals of the Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee.  Using the historic Jones Residence as an educational museum, the committee has made an ideal atmosphere for local heritage education in partnership with the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center. 
The Jones Farm once consisted of two-and-one-half acres, operating as a dairy farm and local store, which attracted people from all over the Salt Lake Valley. The historic home, built in 1906, has been restored to its original appearance. In addition to the historic home, there is an old washhouse now used as a one-room schoolhouse exhibit, a blacksmith shop, and animal barn. Taylorsville was historically a farming community and experiencing life on the farm, even if just for a few hours, helps the students better understand their heritage.
With funding from the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Fund, the Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee has undertaken an educational program to elementary students from Taylorsville elementary schools to the heritage center to show them what life was like for the early pioneers. In each of the last three years, about 1,500 students and their teachers, and parents have visited the Center.
 “This committee is an asset in our community and those volunteers who operate and maintain our historic center provide a great service to our school children and residents,” said Taylorsville Mayor Jerry Rechtenbach. “We congratulate the Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee on this well-deserved award.”
The Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center, at 1488 West 4800 South, is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesdays from 6-9 p.m., and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m. Other times are available by appointment and can be scheduled by calling 801-281-0631.

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