A new exhibit at the Museum of Church History and Art will spark memories in any Church member who ever attended Primary. "Primary Makes Me Happy: 1878-2003, A Celebration of 125 Years of Primary," which opened Jan. 17 and will close Nov. 16, features memorabilia from as recent as a year ago and as long ago as 100 years.
"We are grateful to the museum for their timely exhibit on the history of Primary," said Primary General President Coleen K. Menlove. "This exhibit is a wonderful way to celebrate and honor, not only Primary children, but those who loved and taught them in the past and prepared them to be the parents and leaders of today. Today's Primary continues to be built upon the principle of teaching the children the gospel of Jesus Christ and how to live it with joy."
Visitors to the exhibit, which is located in the front lobby of the museum, will not only see pictures of every Primary general president since Louie B. Felt (1880-1925), but will also see artifacts arranged into topical sections. In the section "Primary Beginnings 1878-1939," a painting by Lynn Fausett entitled "The Founding of the Primary Association, August 25, 1878" depicts the first Primary meeting at the old Rock Meetinghouse in Farmington, Utah. Below the painting are handbooks and songbooks, some from the late 19th century.
In another section, "I Can't Wait Until I'm 8," are children's workbooks with the airplane motif prevalent some 40 years ago. In one workbook from the late 1920s, a small boy writes about saying his prayers and cleaning his room. A red Targeteer flag from the 1970s is included in this section.
Visitors can also view Merrie Miss and Blazer "bandalos" (sashes) and wall-hangings with Articles of Faith pins.
In all, visitors can see the prototype to the CTR ring, a baptismal dress and a pinewood derby car.
Marjorie Conder, a museum curator, said she hopes visitors have the "ah ha experience: I remember that!"
"If you are under 100 years old and ever attended Primary, you will see something from your Primary years here."
Zion's girls, boys patches from 1930s, 1940s are in display.
Merrie Miss Articles of Faith banner and bandalos remind visitors of childhood.
Cross-stitch made for 100th anniversary of Primary.
Pinewood Derby represents years of skills learned in Cub Scout activities in Primary.
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