2014 Events

Where to Find

Pioneer Heritage Company

in 2014?


Scandinavian Festival


May 16 & 17   Eagle Mountain Ward Trek in Ophin, UT


May 23-24    Scandinavian Heritage Festival in Ephraim, UT


July 24   Days of ’47 Parade – look for the Mormon Battalion











July 24 – 25 – 26  Utah Pioneer Days in West Jordan, UT

Aug 1-2   Cove Fort Heritage Days in Cove Fort, UT

Sept 5-6     Old Capital Arts & Living History Festival in Fillmore, UT

Sept 13   Sandy City Heritage Festival in Sandy, UT

Playing Stick Ball at Cove Fort



Families Celebrate Christmas Traditions as Mormon Pioneers Did

While the snow fell outside Saturday, many gathered in a theater inside the Church History Museum of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a cozy pioneer Christmas party.1264396


Men, women and children dressed in pioneer garb led the crowd in song and games from the 19th Century. Pioneer Christmas: A Time to Celebrate was presented by the Church History Museum, 45 N. West Temple, and Pioneer Heritage Company as an authentic pioneer-era Christmas party.

Daniel Marriott, came with his wife and four boys from Millcreek. While his boys were unsure at first, they loved dancing around the Christmas tree and singing “Jingle Bells.”


“It was interesting,” he said of the presentation. “It really made me appreciate how (pioneers) made do with so little. They would just get together and have fun.”

With the stage made to look like the living room of a pioneer home, audience members were treated to traditional games, songs and dances that would have been a part of a 19th-Century Mormon pioneer Christmas celebration. The events were accompanied by a live band peppered with stories and narratives from pioneers.1264401

“This performance is delightful! It’s also interactive,” said Nancy Andersen, who coordinates the Church History Museum’s living history program. “It’s for the whole family, including young children. Everyone participates in some way, and the kids especially love to see Father Christmas!”

Father Christmas announced his arrival with bells and led the audience children in a dance around the Christmas tree to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”

For Pioneer Heritage Company members Christine and Fred Graham, the audience is the highlight.

“Watching the people, the children,” Fred Graham began.

“Just seeing people enjoy it,” Christine Graham said.


The Salt Lake couple have been with the company since it was formed in 1998 and have taken part in the Christmas program for all of its five years. They begin rehearsing in October, though many members remember much of the program from the year before.

Lucretia Thayne and her husband, Rick, became involved in the company in 2001, spurred on by Rick Thayne’s love of history.

“I just love being with the people,” Lucretia Thayne said. “These are fine people — it’s the relationships.”       She also enjoys carrying on the pioneer traditions and sharing them with others.

“It gives you an appreciation for your heritage and the people who came before,” she said. “It’s that connection with the past and the present that enriches our lives.”1264404

Gayle Haux, of Bountiful, said her family heard about the event online and decided to make the trip to see it. Her six children gave effusive reviews.

“I thought the picnic part was the best,” Olivia said of one of the parlor games.

“I thought all of it was the best,” her sister Emily added.







(text & photos taken from article in the Deseret News)


PHC at “Museum Alive”

“Museum Alive”

PHC members had the privilege to participate in the “Museum Alive” event held April 22 at the Church History Museum

“Outside the museum, some of the attendees experienced what it is like to pull or to ride in a real 1850s-style handcart, provided by Pioneer Heritage Company….”

Click here to read the entire article.

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Mike Nielson, Pioneer Heritage Co., helps Josh Clements pull his children, Adam, Calvin and Megan, in a handcart on plaza between Church History Museum and Family History Library west of Temple Square.

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Sharon Knox is a Church History Museum Docent and a member of Pioneer Heritage Company. She plays the flute with other museum docents.

Night at the Museum 2013

2013 Event Calendar

Where can you see Pioneer Heritage Company in 2013?


Scandinavian Festival

Scandinavian Festival


May 24 – 25    Scandinavian Heritage Festival in Ephraim, UT  






Days of 47 Youth Parade

Days of 47 Youth Parade



July 20    Days of ’47 Youth Parade in Salt Lake City, UT




Provo Pioneer Village

Provo Pioneer Village




July 24   Pioneer Day at Provo Pioneer Village in Provo , UT






Playing Stick Ball at Cove Fort

Playing Stick Ball at Cove Fort



Aug 2-3   Cove Fort Heritage Days in Cove Fort, UT





Old Capital Arts & Living History Festival

Old Capital Arts & Living History Festival



Sept 6- 7     Old Capital Arts & Living History Festival in Fillmore, UT





Pioneer Christmas: A Time to Celebrate

Pioneer Christmas: A Time to Celebrate


Dec 7    Pioneer Christmas: A Time to Celebrate at the

LDS Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, UT




Our Favorite Holiday is just around the corner…


Pioneer Heritage Company will be featured at two events this weekend.


First this Saturday July 23rd from 9am – 2pm at North Park in Provo (500W 500N) 

For the Sons of Utah Pioneers Pioneer Day Celebration.   Pioneer Heritage Company will be making rag dolls and button strings for the kids to take home.  Also woodworking, story-telling, and much more.  

Next is on Monday July 25th, in the Days of ’47  Parade. 

Pioneer Heritage Company with the help of members of the SUP and docents from the Church History Museum will be pulling handcarts for the Sons of Utah Pioneers.  We’ll be entry # 5.  Watch for our energetic handcart pullers.  They love to race and do fancy manuevers.  We’ll even have some pioneers rolling hoops with the handcarts for the whole length of the parade.

Come See Us at Draper Days – July 15 & 16

Pioneer Heritage Company is excited to be a part of Draper Days this year!!!

Draper Days is a fantastic community event for families striving to bring good people and good causes together to build a better community.   

You’ll find PHC in the “Blast from the Past” area, on the north side of the park by the children’s playground.  We’ll be doing  lots of activities for children.  There will be rag doll making, stilts, hoops & graces games, woodworking, cooking, button games to make and much more. 

Date: July 15th & 16th
Times: Friday, 6:00-10:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Location: Draper City Park, 12500 South 1300 East

Next Event: Murray Heritage Day June 11th

Come see Pioneer Heritage Company at the Murray Heritage Festival in Murray Park on Saturday, June 11th from 4- 8pm.  

We’ll be the gazebo in the center of the park.  This event will have demonstrations that relate specifically to Murray’s history.  

One of those activities will be doing laundry with your feet.   So come join us and help us get our laundry clean!

We will also be performing in the “Story Road Utah – Midvale Edition” performance in the  Amphitheater at 8pm

Cost for coming to see our demonstrations is Free.  

Cost for the Story Road Utah is only $8 for adults and $6 for seniors & children.  Tickets will be available at the Amphitheater.

2011 Scandinavian Festival in Ephriam, Utah

 Quote by Reed Farnsworth on www.ksl.com 

“Look at your heritage. Now look at my Scandinavian heritage. Now look again at your heritage. Sadly, if your heritage is not Scandinavian, like mine, you may think that Ephraim’s annual Scandinavian Heritage Festival is not for you. But this year’s Scandinavian Heritage Festival gives everyone a chance to be “Scandinavian for a Day,” which is the theme of this year’s festival…. The authenticity of the costumes, weapons, tools, equipment and other paraphernalia make the Pioneer Heritage Company’s pioneer village seem like you have stepped back in time. The “pioneers” at the village not only explain what pioneer life was like, they involve participants in rug making, handcart pulling, muzzle loader shooting, weaving, carpentry, beekeeping, pioneer games and even helping in the kitchen.”