At Risk Payson Museum
Museum may close due to lack of volunteers. Continue reading
The Peteetneet Museum archives Payson’s history and is the only one of it’s kind in town; but Payson may see it’s doors close if volunteers don’t step up.
Helene Bradley is a volunteer at the Peteetneet Museum and understands it’s important history. “Payson was started in 1850 when a gentleman by the name of James Pace into Salt Lake and Brigham Young told him don’t unpack your wagon. I want you to go down to peteetneet creek and start a community.” Volunteers like Helene are crucial to keep the museum up and running for the variety of visitors that walk through it’s doors.
However, curators are afraid that because the upkeep for the building is so challenging, people aren’t coming to help. They are offering volunteer opportunities in three to four hour shifts, to more easily accommodate it’s volunteers. Georgia Mills, a volunteer at the Museum explains, “The first group of volunteers will work from ten until one and then the next group of volunteers will come in at one and work until five.”
Despite the hard work, curators say that not only does the Peteetneet Museum enrich the local community, it provides the volunteers who work there a look into the past.
“We come away with it with many benefits,” says Georgia Mills, reflecting on her own volunteer work at the museum.
If you are interested in volunteering, you can reach the Peteetneet Museum at 1-801-465-9427.