What would you like to see in a Cache Valley museum?

It is a committee comprised of city council members, county council members and others. The Cache Museum committee is trying to gauge public interest in a Logan or Cache Museum through a series of public hearings. According to Cache County Council member Gina Worthen, who is also on this committee, the public is invited over a series of weeknights from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to an open house forum where people can drop in and provide their input.

On KVNU’s For the People program on Thursday, Worthen said the meetings will be held Monday, May 14th, in the Cache County Council Chambers (199 N. Main in Logan), Tuesday evening in the Hyrum City Chambers (60 West Main) and Wednesday evening at North Cache Middle School (157 W. 600 South) in Richmond.

“We do have the (Daughter of Utah Pioneers) museums throughout the valley, Hyrum has a wonderful museum and we have some things up at Utah State University. But it would be really fun to just have a localized museum for the whole county.

“There’s been a lot of different ideas thrown around: a children’s museum, a combined local history museum, some displays with the Shoshone Indians,” said Worthen.

Also on the program was an individual who has really moved the idea along, Darrin Smith, who has collected mainly Logan memorabilia since the mid-1980’s. He said his collection includes a postcard collection from 1900, old photographs, old bottles from the 1870’s from local pharmacies at the time and more.

“I remember talking with Ray Somers (when) he was not doing well at all, I asked him, ‘what’s going to happen to all the things you’ve collected?’ He just kind of looked at me with a blank look and said, ‘I don’t know.’ Well I’m starting to get to that point because my children don’t want it,” Smith explained.

He said his children are all grown and he doesn’t want to sell his collection. So the other alternative, as he sees it, is to see if the county would be interested in a museum and he could donate his collection to them. Smith praised Worthen for backing his proposal and said the other committee members include the “movers and shakers” in the historical community and are the “best of the best.”

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