Provo Pioneer Village prepares for Founder’s Day Celebration


Provo is turning 167 on April 1 of this year, and the city is celebrating its founding at the Provo Pioneer Village.

Provo celebrates its history every year in Provo’s North Park. This year local historians and storytellers are telling the story of Provo’s founding and illustrious history.

A blacksmith speaks to children at the 2015 Founder’s Day celebration. The Provo Pioneer Village is hosting The Founder’s Day celebration. (Provo Pioneer Village/Facebook)

Acclaimed Provo historian D. Robert Carter and local musician and storyteller Elaine Brewster will be giving a presentation based on the song “When It’s Springtime in the Rockies,” the lyrics of which were written in Provo.

“Robert Carter is the resident expert of Provo history,” said Jules Long, the media contact for the Provo Pioneer Village. “And Elaine Brewster will be playing music and telling stories. Together they will talk about the song and give a little history on the city.”

Provo mayor John Curtis (left) poses with Provo Pioneer Village mayor Steve Nelson at the 2015 Founder’s Day celebration in the village. The annual celebration is held on April 1. (Provo Pioneer Village/Facebook)

Long said the Pioneer Village aims to give the most authentic experience possible to those attending the celebration. Refreshments served after the event will include sourdough bread, butter and homemade jams, common food to the pioneers who settled the city.

The Provo Pioneer Village is an authentic recreation of a pioneer town created in 1931. The Sons of Utah Pioneers, the organization that maintains the village, moved the first pioneer cabin to the site 80 years ago.

The volunteer-run village now includes a residential area, an agricultural scene with a granary and an animal corral, and a working blacksmith’s shop.

The 2016 Provo Founder’s Day celebration will be held Friday, April 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Provo Pioneer Village in North Park. Admission is free.

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