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Come Witness an Archaeological “Climb” This Saturday (Salt Lake City)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 12, 2009

The Pioneer Craft House of Salt Lake City has sought since 1947 to preserve and teach the hand crafts of a bygone era. Housed in the Scott School (built 1889) in the Mill Creek neighborhood, the organization provides instruction, tools, and examples of weaving, needlework, pottery, jewelry-making, glasswork, and more, and its collections include a treasury of antique puppets, hand looms, and a pottery kiln. The public is welcome to take classes, schedule meetings of private artisan groups, tour the gardens, and shop at the outdoor market (in season).

The new directors of the Pioneer Craft House are pushing forward with efforts to modernize the cataloguing and conservation of priceless artifacts, and to preserve and restore physical facilities. During that process, they have recently discovered an access panel to an attic storage space, covered for generations by a false ceiling.

Preliminary investigation showed that the attic space was stocked with a number of student desks – perhaps original to the building. Yesterday while measuring to be certain that the desks could be brought down through the existing access panel, volunteers discovered that the attic also contains maps and school-related papers, dating as far back as the 1890s!

Nothing has yet been brought down from the attic. That has all been saved for a public event scheduled for this Saturday, November 14, beginning at 8:00. Other museums will have representatives there, a BYU museum class will attend, and the public – you – are invited to watch as these artifacts are brought again into the light.

Pioneer Craft House
3271 S. 500 E. (parking on east side)
14 November 2009 (this Saturday)
8:00 a.m.

Bundle up – it will be cold, even indoors.



  1. I had no idea this even existed. I wish I were still in Salt Lake!

    Comment by Amira — November 12, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

  2. Cool!

    Comment by Coffinberry — November 12, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

  3. I didn’t know anything about this house, either. My husband’s grandparents, great-grandparents, and second great grandparents all lived in this area. In fact, my mother-in-law was born in a house about 500 East and 4500 South. Interesting.

    Comment by Maurine — November 12, 2009 @ 8:27 pm

  4. What a great find. Enjoy!

    Comment by Ben Pratt — November 13, 2009 @ 8:36 am

  5. Is there a part II to this post coming?

    Comment by Clark — November 17, 2009 @ 11:40 am

  6. I hope so. I wasn’t able to be there, but I’ve written to my contact there to ask for a report to post here. I’m curious too!

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 17, 2009 @ 11:44 am

  7. The Deseret News wrote about the attic reveal here, with some great pictures. My contact has also promised to send me another couple of pictures and other notes that might let me write a follow-up post. If I can get the information regularly, I’ll start publicizing their events here, especially when there is a Mormon connection. For instance, their next monthly exhibit will display 14 paintings by an LDS artist illustrating a favorite Mormon hymn.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 17, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

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