The Lehi Historical Society and Archives is continually working in a variety of ways to preserve Lehi’s history.
“We’ve got a lot going on, and a lot of ways people can participate,” said Lara Bangerter, director of the Lehi Historical Society and Archives. “We love volunteers, and the more help we get, the faster and better we can accomplish things.”
Check out what the society is working on now:
Lehi Heritage Day 2019
Honoree nominations for Lehi Heritage Day 2019 are due May 1. People who have given tremendous service to the community are prime candidates for this honor. Nomination forms can be found at lehihistory.com. Historical society members will consider the nominations and vote on the winners. Honorees will be celebrated in a Showcase Parade, Honoree Celebration Program, and with a display at Heritage Day on Labor Day, Sept. 2.
The early settlers of Lehi will be featured at this year’s Heritage Day. Volunteers are still needed to help with displays at Heritage Day. If you would be interested, please call 801-768-1570.
LHS and LJHS Yearbooks
The historical society is working with Ancestry.com to get the yearbooks of Lehi High School and Lehi Junior High scanned and made available online. With the collections of the Archives, the junior high and the high school, there are still books missing. It is hoped that community members will allow the Archives to borrow the missing books.
Of the Lehi High School yearbooks, still needed are: Any yearbooks before 1913, and years 1919, 1922, and 1923.
Of the Lehi Junior High School yearbooks, still needed are: Any yearbooks before 1960, and years 1981, 1982, 1983, 1986, and 1992.
This project will officially commence in the fall when the books will be delivered to Ancestry in Lehi.
Digitization of The Lehi Free Press
Last summer the historical society obtained a matching grant from the Utah State Historical Advisory Board to have The Lehi Free Press digitized and made available online. The project was completed in February, and the society has been reimbursed.
As part of the grant, further steps to be taken to preserve the physical copies of the paper in the society’s possession. The Archives reconfigured and built new shelves as well as placed all the physical copies in archive boxes to project the papers from dust, light, rodents, moisture and so forth. The society is thankful for Lehi City, which picked up most of the society’s portion of the grant.
The newspaper can be found for free through the historical society’s website at lehihistory.com or at Utah Digital Newspapers online.
Settlers Buried in the Old Pioneer Cemetery
The historical society is working with an Eagle Scout candidate to identify the settlers who were buried in the old Pioneer Cemetery which was located at the northwest corner of State Street and Center.
When the cemetery was moved to its present location, the names of many of the people buried in the original cemetery were lost. Through advanced searches on Ancestry.com and Family Search, the society hopes to identify many lost names. These names will then be added to a new memorial that is planned for the current cemetery. If you know your ancestor was buried in the old cemetery, please let the society know at email@example.com.
History of Round-Up
Everyone knows the best week in Lehi is Round-Up Week. With more than 20 Round-Up scrapbooks on its shelves, the historical society is beginning to work on a publication that celebrates the history of this great week. Beautiful scrapbooks were kept by Dona Anderson until about 2006, and then the history falls apart. It’s time for those scrapbooks to be updated. If you have photos, newspaper clipping, personal accounts, stories, programs, awards and so forth, the historical society would like to have them or scan them so that this event’s history can be brought up to date. Items might also be included in a historical publication. If you have anything to share, please contact the historical society at 801-768-1570 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical Society Membership
Anyone interested in Lehi history is invited to be a part of the historical society. Members are involved as much or as little as they desire. Projects for all ages and personalities can be found, and all endeavors help preserve Lehi’s history. The society meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m., at the Archives at 34 E. 100 North in Lehi. Meetings are open to the public.
The Lehi Historical Society and Archives is open Tuesday through Thursday from noon to 5 p.m., at 34 E. 100 North in Lehi and can be found at lehihistory.com.