Minerva Teichert & Pioneer Women of Salt Lake

Minerva Teichert & Pioneer Women of Salt Lake

This July we are celebrating the stories of Utah Pioneer Women through the artwork of Minerva Teichert. We will be showcasing a monumental mural along with stories of pioneer women and the hardships they faced and how they overcame them. 

Minerva made her career in capturing the stories of her ancestors. Come and celebrate this heritage with us this July! 


"As the children grow more responsible and I find more freedom I do not care for bridge or teas or clubs but the story of the building of a mountain empire and the struggles of my people drive me on and unless I can paint a little each day on the great pageant of the west, I think the day is lost." ​​​​​​
-Minerva Teichert, 1937




Sarah and her family became part of the Brigham Young pioneer company which left for the final journey across the plains June 1, 1848, a journey of about 3-1/2 months. She must have carried her small baby much of the way. Their first home in the Salt Lake Valley was a dugout, in which they lived for about one year. In September, 1849, she and Judson with daughter Nancy Jane and two other families pioneered the settlement in Tooele, Utah. A short time later, they were joined by other saints, so by Christmas there were 31 people of various ages in the settlement.

“At Bountiful, Davis County, Feb. 4, 1869, died of jaundice and protracted labor, Sarah Lucretia wife of Judson Tolman. She was 37 years and two weeks old at her death. She shared in the sufferings of the Saints both in Missouri and Illinois and through them at the age of nine years (actually ten years) she was left motherless. In the year 1846 at Nauvoo she was married to Judson Tolman unto whom she has born six sons and eight daughters, ten of whom surrounded her dying couch and now survive her, the last living but three hours, now sleeps by her side. Her death spreads a gloom over the ward as she was much esteemed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances who knew her as a loving wife, an affectionate mother, and a faithful saint. Her funeral was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends who were addressed by Elder Joseph Holbrook (her father), John Telford and Anson Call who had known the deceased from her infancy. Their united testimony was that she was full of integrity and never had been known to swerve from the truth. She died as she had lived, being sure and certain of a glorious resurrection.”


Rachel Emma Woolley Simmons (1836-1926) 

He told me afterwords that he had a motive in staying, he said he loved me, the first time he seen me, and came with the determination to make me his wife.. We were married on the 18 of December 1851 in what was called the Warm Spring Bath House. It was at that time the largest and best adapted for large parties, as well as the fashionable place. I had as nice a wedding as could be had in those days....

After the guests had all arrived, we were told to come... and take our places in the middle of the hall. ... Brigham Young married us..... After the ceremony we had supper, then danced until almost morning.