The slideshow originally was shown by Ogden resident Charles
Handcock, she said, at the turn of the century.
Bought with money Relief Society members earned from selling
eggs that their hens laid on Sunday, and money earned from the
sale of gleaned grain from harvested fields as well as donations
of 5 cents per woman per year, the building took 36 years to
come to fruition from the time Brigham Young organized the stake
Relief Society, according to a history published by the museum.
Besides enjoying the old structure of the building, those who
visit have a chance to enjoy many new offerings. A historical
slideshow, now available on DVD, features images from early
Mormon pioneer history.
"That's one of the new things we've done, is pull in modern
technology in telling an old story," Stark said.
"That's one of the things Karen has been working on for the last
three years is pulling areas together to tell stories," said
Marti Clayson, public relations specialist for the museum. She
also noted a goal to give those who are the subjects of display
She pointed to a mannequin display of women's undergarments from
the pioneer era as one example. "If you are looking at someone's
underclothing, that's quite a humanizing effect," she said.
"We used to have these things folded up and in our display
cases. To have this mannequin set up, the girls are going, 'Oh,
She points to a pillow the woman has tied to the back of her
"They are surprised that there was a time when you wanted a
noticeable bump on the back."
Stark said a new pottery exhibit also is an important feature
for demonstrating to visitors the lifestyle of the early
"Pottery was essential for food storage," she said. "Many of the
immigrants had worked in the pottery industry but they were
specialized. They had to figure out how to put together this
During a tour of the building this week, Linda Watson of Uintah,
president of the Far South Company of the Utah Daughters of
Pioneers, showed three young girls a display featuring items
where visitors are asked to guess the use of each antique.
One item that the girls thought must have been for cooking soup
actually was a chamber pot.
Nine-year-old Savannah Ruiz of South Ogden said she enjoyed the
tour. She pointed to a tea service brought to Utah from England
in 1855 as her favorite item in that surrounding area.
"I'm more of a tea-party girl," she said.