Congratulations to Marynell Snow, mother of 5 and a Vernal resident was recognized for her 70 years of membership and service in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP).
The DUP is an organization founded in 1901 by the direct descendants of Utah pioneers. Their mission is, "to perpetuate the names and achievements of the men, women and children who were the pioneers in founding this commonwealth by preserving old landmarks, marking historical places, collecting artifacts and histories, establishing a library of historical matter and securing manuscripts, photographs, maps, and all such data as shall aid in perfecting a record of the Utah Pioneers."
The DUP is a nonsectarian, non-political group. Members are women over the age of 18 who are direct descendants of people who settled in Utah between July 1847 and 10 May 1869. They are charged with collecting the histories of their ancestors for a comprehensive historical record of the region and preserving that record for future generations.
Snow was invited to join by her mother-in-law, Alice Snow. During her time with the DUP, she has served in nearly every office in the Vernal chapter.
“We take histories. We go to a monthly lesson taught by members about early pioneers,” says Snow. “The pioneers were the ones who settled before the railroad came to Utah. We talk about the difficulties they faced. And now we have a wonderful building in town and we each have a chance to go there and volunteer time to keep it open so visitors can come.”
Members also raise funds to keep their museum open through their gift shop, which offers traditional music and cookbooks, books on pioneer history, and collectibles.
“I think I’ve embroidered more than 100 dishtowels for the shop,” says Snow. “It helps to keep our building in shape. I have enjoyed it very much. It’s just a wonderful organization.
Snow said that both her grandmothers and one of her daughters were also members. It is a family tradition that encourages community and a connection to the past. The records they collect are open to the public for anyone looking to brush up on local or their own family histories.