Cache Valley is home to the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Museum of Anthropology, and Utah State University Geology Museum. But it doesn't have a museum about the history of Cache Valley. That may change soon.
The Cache Museum Committee held three open houses to ask the public about what they may want in a history museum. One of the members of the committee, Mary Urban Clarke, attended all three meetings to document the results.
“It was really interesting actually, we had one woman come in with four pages typed on why the museum focus needs to be about music. It was very impressive. And that helped us better understand what it is that residents of Cache County wanted in addition to a history museum,” Clarke said.
The idea of starting a museum all started with Darren Smith, a widely known expert in the history of Cache County. He holds a large collection of the valley's artifacts, photos and oral histories.
He is starting to grow older and his children don’t have an interest in history, so he brought up the idea to the Cache County council of starting a history museum. He then created a committee alongside Gina Worthen, to follow through with the task.
“We don’t want to build a museum without receiving as much public feedback as we possibly can," Clarke said. "A museum is something that you want to visit all the time. And we hope to create that space for the community.”
The Cache Museum Committee plans to create a more detailed digital survey for another public response.