Friday, September 9, 2011

Daughters of Utah Pioneers

The International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP, DUP) is a women's organization dedicated to preserving the history of the original settlers of the geographic area covered by the State of Deseret and Utah Territory, including Mormon pioneers. The organization is open to any woman who is "over the age of eighteen, of good character, and a lineal or legally adopted descendant of an ancestor who came to the Utah Territory before the completion of the railroad, May 10, 1869."

In later decades, the ISDUP (DUP) has worked to conserve historical sites and landmarks, to collect artifacts, relics, manuscripts and photographs, and to educate its members and the general public. The society maintains small meeting and display halls in the intermountain west, eighty-six of them in Utah, and manages an extensive and valuable collection in its Salt Lake City museum (Pioneer Memorial Museum). Numerous books have been published by the society, including community and family histories, cookbooks, history texts, children's stories, and a four-volume collection of biographical sketches "Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude" (1998).

ISDUP headquarters are located in the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah. The international organization is administered by a corporate board. Membership is organized into "companies," whose presiding officers oversee the activities of "camps" of ten or more members in a geographic area. In 2006, the ISDUP consists of 185 companies overseeing 1,050 camps in the United States and Canada with a total living membership of 21,451.

The current officers of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers (ISDUP, DUP), 1 January 2010, consist of President Bette Barton, 1st Vice President and Museum Director Maurine Smith, and Recording Secretary Cheryl Searle.

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