History

 

The chapter was given the name “Princess Timpanogos,” honoring a legendary Native American maiden. Timpanogos is also the name of a 11,749 foot high mountain over looking the Utah Valley.

There is a huge red heart in a large cave in Mt. Timpanogos. It is an immense stalactite in the shape and color of a heart. According to legend this formation is the blending of two bleeding hearts: that of a Native American princess and her lover.  According to  the legend a Native American princess who was to be sacrificed to the gods had a secret lover who followed her to the precipice where she was to leap to her death. Thinking he was a god she followed him; then she learned he was not a god but a fellow being, subject to human frailties.  Realizing she had not completed her mission and obligation to her gods and her people; she then leaped to her death.

On February 1, 1960, a meeting was held at the home of Utah State Regent, Mrs. Palmer H. Cushman, in Salt Lake City to organize a fourth chapter in Utah. Mrs. Cushman felt that another chapter was greatly needed which would also serve women in other areas of the state, particularly the Provo area. Application papers for 30 women had been approved by the National Board of Management, and on this day a telegram from the Organizing Secretary General was read to the 17 women present. The chapter would be confirmed at the February 3 national board meeting.

Within the year, women from the Provo area began joining the chapter. Until 1987, meetings were held alternately between the two cities. The first meeting in Provo was held November 6, 1961.  The chapter had an initial membership of 30.

Today we meet in Salt Lake City,  serving Salt Lake City’s surrounding area, Tooele and Park City.