DAR in the News

Hello Friends,

The Utah State Society, NSDAR along with the Utah Children of the American Revolution were invited to participate in a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day in Provo, Utah during America’s Freedom Festival.

Please check out these articles with coverage of the event:

Freedom Festival celebrates Flag Day with annual flag retirement ceremony | Provo News

https://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/central/provo/freedom-festival-celebrates-flag-day-with-annual-flag-retirement-ceremony/article_4a81633d-ab58-5485-8053-c62f0a581a12.html

Flag Retirement Ceremony

This State Regent is so proud and honored that the Utah Daughters and Children of the American Revolution were able to participate at this event. The following photos are courtesy of Utah Daughters Lori Liljenquist, Randi Frausto, and Valerie Hunt.

Promoting Patriotism through DAR Service,

Kathryn Asay,

Utah State Regent

124th State Conference: DAR Fountain Program

Hello Friends,

As a feature of our 124th Utah State Conference, a program was held in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park near to where the DAR Fountain is located.

While the fountain is only sculptural edifice to the past, as it is no longer a functioning drinking fountain, the past Utah Daughters would be pleased that it is surrounded by plants and flowers remaining a monument to Utah’s DAR history.

A program was held with talks from the Utah State Historian and State Historic Preservation Chair. A musical number, with bagpipes and a drum, was performed by a Utah Daughter and her mother. Refreshments followed the program.

Despite temperatures being quite hot, the Utah Daughters look effortlessly cool as they posed for photos in front of the Fountain’s flower bed.

Sharing Our DAR Legacy through Historic Preservation,

Kathryn Asay,

Utah State Regent

 

Modern Irrigation

Hello Friends,

As Utah State Regent, I am pleased to present the Modern Irrigation Monument which commemorates the Utah Pioneers’ ingenuity in diverting creek water to irrigate their newly sown fields upon arrival in the Salt Lake Valley in July 1847.

At the 1931 dedication by the Utah State Conference of the USSDAR, an American Flag was removed to unveil the impressive monument.

During the rededication ceremony in 1938, Utah Governor Henry H. Blood stated, “For their act in commemorating the advent of fruitful agriculture in the state as pioneers in modern irrigation who have been an inspiration to new generations.”

The monument is currently located near 111 East 300 South in Salt Lake City, Utah.

 


A very special thanks to those who have helped compile this information.

Sharing the history of Our Legacy of Love,

Kathryn Asay,
Utah State Regent

Fur Trappers and Traders

Hello Friends,

The Fur Trappers and Traders monument is located in Warm Springs Park in Salt Lake City. This marker commemorates the arrival of these explorers  to the Utah Territory.

James Bridger, Etienne Provost, and Jedediah S. Smith were named as the principal leaders on the monument’s bronze marker listing them as discoverers, fur trappers, and traders.

Mrs. George H. Dern, the former Charlotte “Lottie” Brown, who was the Spirit of Liberty Chapter Regent, the past Utah DAR State Regent, and the current First Lady of Utah, unveiled this monument in August 1926.

It was draped with a American Flag in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the arrival of these fur trappers and traders to Utah who were credited with the discovery of the massive Great Salt Lake.

A very special thank you to State Historian Lisa Hoyt and the Historic Preservation Committee State Chair Cindy Toone for their service and  support in the preservation of the DAR Monuments and Markers in Utah.

Preserving Our DAR Legacy,

Kathryn Asay,
Utah State Regent

The Site of a Pony Express Station

Hello Friends,

It is my privilege to work with the members of the Pony Express Chapter and the Sego Lily Chapter on the restoration of a large NSDAR marker commemorating a “Site of a Pony Express Station 1860-1861.” The marker was originally dedicated in 1924 by the Spirit of Liberty Chapter, NSDAR.


Pony Express riders carried mail on horseback 1800 miles in ten days from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. Their ride took them through some of the most desolate country in the Western United States.

Author Mark Twain was purported to be a guest at the Salt Lake Station, one of the most comfortable along the trail that this marker commemorates.

After completion of the street beautification, it is proposed that the marker be placed in a breezeway at the former Salt Lake Tribune Building on 143 South Main Street in downtown Salt Lake City which was the original site of the Salt Lake Pony Express Station.

A special thank you to State Historian Lisa Hoyt and Historic Preservation Committee State Chair Cindy Toone for their support of the preservation of the DAR Monuments and Markers in Utah.

Preserving Our DAR Legacy,

Kathryn Asay,
Utah State Regent

Father Escalante

Hello Friends,

The Escalante Marker is located at 10 South Main Street in Spanish Fork, Utah. It is a tribute to the Spanish Priest/Explorer Father Silvestre Valez de Escalante, the first white man to reach the State of Utah on September 23, 1776.

With an early snowstorm and short provisions, Father Escalante and his small band knelt amidst the frozen sagebrush and prayed for guidance to reach California for they knew not how.

Although they did not reach California, they returned to New Mexico by crossing over the Colorado River and climbing the steep cliffs known as the “Crossing of the Fathers” into New Mexico.

The marker is affixed to a six-ton conglomerate boulder that was furnished by the City of Spanish Fork. It was dedicated by the Spirit of Liberty Chapter in 1922 and re-dedicated in 1923 in a formal ceremony.

A very special thank you to State Historian Lisa Hoyt, Wasatch Range Chapter Regent Kelly Shaeffer-Bullock, and Historic Preservation Committee State Chair Cindy Toone for their outstanding support in the preservation of DAR Monuments and Markers in Utah.

Preserving Our Historic DAR Legacy,

Kathryn Asay,
Utah State Regent

Liberty Park Drinking Fountain

Hello Friends,

As the Utah State Regent, it is my honor to present the beautiful DAR Drinking Fountain and Monument, that was dedicated in1905 by the Spirit of Liberty Chapter, Utah’s first DAR Chapter. It is currently located in a flower bed within the park.

The Monument is made of splendid Vermont granite and featured two drinking fountains, one for patrons and one for dogs. Upon approval from the Salt Lake City Mayor, the Monument will be professionally cleaned as a part of this State Regent’s Historic Preservation Projects.

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to the State Historian Lisa Hoyt, Salt Lake Valley Chapter Regent Janet Otterness,  and Historic Preservation Committee State Chair Cindy Toone for their support of the preservation of DAR Monuments and Markers in Utah.

Preserving Our Historic DAR Legacy,

Kathryn Asay,
Utah State Regent

Gold Star Mothers Remembered

Hello Friends,
As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, I would like to call attention to Honorary State Regent Susan Holt and her State Regent’s Project. Her project began in July 2018 to restore the Gold Star Mothers’ Memorial on Gold Star Hill at Memory Grove Park in Salt Lake City.
After months of research, Mrs. Holt was finally able to ascertain the names of the plaques that were missing from the Memorial.  Five plaques had been lost or destroyed. The rest of the Memorial had been damaged by flooding, neglect, and time.
New replacement plaques were fashioned.  The women whose plaques were restored were  Lucy R. Donnelly Garvin, Mary Gertrude Thomas, Martha Alice Davies, Isabella Woodward Knight Halton, and Antoinette Elizabeth Brown Kinney. These women were founding Memory Park Committee members; members of War Mothers, the Service Star Legion, and the Gold Star Mothers Association; and there was even a DAR member amongst these new plaques.
In addition, the large star was added in the center of the amphitheater with brilliant colors of gold and yellow. The wall was also repaired with additional landscaping to deter walkers and joggers from cutting through the memorial.
On June 5th, 2020, the unveiling ceremony took place. Mrs. Holt presided over the presentation and was accompanied by several Utah State DAR Executive Board Members and other Chapter Officers.
Mrs. Holt laid a bouquet of yellow roses, on behalf of the Utah State Society DAR, in remembrance of the sacrifice of these Gold Star Mothers and those mothers whose sacrifice had never been honored.
The video that was live streamed due to the COVID-19 pandemic can be viewed, with this link, on our public Facebook page.
In reverence and gratitude for the Gold Star Mothers’ sacrifice,
Kathryn Asay,
Utah State Regent

Utah’s Real Daughter

Hello Friends,

The month of March has been designated as Women’s History Month. This Regent would like to discuss one of our State Society’s founding members.

Harriet Jacques Wetmore Sells was a Real Daughter. A Real Daughter is a daughter of a Patriot who fought or assisted the American Revolution. She suggested the name “Spirit of Liberty” for the original Chapter in Utah. Mrs. Sells was also the Organizing Regent for the Spirit of Liberty Chapter; however, the Chapter was disbanded in 1976.

This photograph is Harriet as a young woman.

This photograph is Harriet in 1909, a mere seven years before her death.

Her father was Bela Wetmore, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, that served as a sixteen-year-old volunteer. He was a Private in the Third Massachusetts Regiment. He served until the end of the war in 1783.

Mrs. Sells died in 1916 and was laid to rest in the Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Salt Lake City. She was age 79 at the time of her death. Her original monument, shared with her husband, Elijah B. Sells, has a bronze Real Daughter plaque that was affixed to the side near the time she was buried.

Our Honorary State Regent Brenda Reeder restored Harriet’s headstone as one of her State Regent’s Projects.  The new marker sits at the base of the monument and was dedicated in 2018.

Remembering the “Legacy of Love” that Mrs. Sells left for our Society today,

Kathryn Asay,

Utah State Regent

Celebrating George Washington

Hello Friends,

Our National Society is the lead sponsor for George Washington’s 289th virtual birthday celebration this year. Mark your calendars to celebrate! The worldwide celebration will take place on Monday, February 22nd at 7 PM EST/5 PM MST.

Here is the webpage: https://www.dar.org/members/dars-partnership-mount-vernon

I hope many of you will join in celebrating the life of our First President.

With patriotic service,

Kathryn Asay,

Utah State Regent