Monday, September 23, 2013

Historical Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center Gets Ready for Museum Day

By Ariel Maikowski

Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center is a museum like no other. It deals with everything in the community. It is filled with the community’s historical artifacts, and is completely staffed by our city residents. They volunteer their time to collect historical artifacts, and information to help preserve our city’s proud history.

The home itself was built in 1906 for Thomas and Jennie Bennion Gerrard. The home later belonged to the Jones Family, who was a family of 11 that took care of their home and the farm that covered miles of land at the time. Now it is our Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center, and is decorated to show the public what a home would look like in the early 1900s. Its collections include aspects on cultural, family, and agricultural life.

Here you can see the historic home, a one-room schoolhouse, farm animals, a blacksmith shop, a garage filled with all sorts of different antiques, and the Taylorsville Community Garden. You can also see furniture and antiques that were popular in the early 1900s. The fireplace, bathtub, and the master bedroom's dresser are the only artifacts inside the museum that are the original pieces of the house. The museum is always improving and adding new exhibits. Right now they are working on a carpentry corner that will be up soon.

The Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center is also getting ready to participate for the Smithsonian’s national event Museum Day.  Museum Day is this Saturday (September 28), from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., free of charge.

"We are pleased to be participating in Museum Day again this year,” says Historic Preservation Committee Chair Joan White.  “We look forward to having visitors who have not been to our museum before, and to welcoming those who have visited before and are returning to see what's new."

Bring your family on Saturday and tour the amazing museum located at 1488 W. 4800 S.

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