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

A Piano for Valor House

Hello Friends,

My eyes are filled with tears as I am so happy and very proud of The Utah State Society Daughters of the American Revolution
for their creative piano pin fundraiser organized by the Uintah Chapter to purchase a Traditional/Digitized Piano for our once homeless Veterans who now reside at the Valor House in Salt Lake City. We were delighted to be joined by a couple of our Children of the American Revolution girls. Thank you Utah Daughters for supporting the State Regent’s Piano Project!

Sharing ‘Our Legacy of Love,’ with our community,

Kathryn Asay,

Utah State Regent

DAR’s Inauguration Contribution

Hello Friends,

This lovely bronze DAR Eagle Lectern has been used in the four previous Presidential Inauguration luncheons.

It was the official podium used in Memorial Continental Hall and was presented to the 14th DAR Continental Congress in 1905 by the now disbanded Flintlock and Powderhorn Chapter of Rhode Island as a pledge of “loyalty to the organization, and in the interest of purity, patriotism and peace.”

Once again, it was loaned to the Inaugural Committee. Today, we saw it during the presentation of gifts from Congress as COVID-19 precautions prevented the luncheon from occurring.

For more information about the lectern’s history, check out the DAR blog:

https://blog.dar.org/dar-eagle-lectern-loaned-inaugural-committee

With patriotism in our hearts as we “rise and shine for America,”

Kathryn Asay,

Utah State Regent

Wreaths Across America

 Hello Friends,
 
Each year, Utah DAR members are honored to show their gratitude and patriotism by laying thousands of wreaths at the graves of deceased veterans in cemeteries across the length of our state from Logan in the North to St. George in the South.  Outgoing Governor Gary Herbert declared December 19th as Wreaths Across America day in Utah. This regent is proud that our State Society had 100% Chapter Participation.
Sharing ‘Our Legacy of Love’ through patriotic service,
Kathryn Asay,
Utah State Regent