A Utah statehood celebration is still just over three years in the future, but planning has already begun in Millard County with the appointment of two co-chairmen and a committee to stage local events.
The observance will be of particular importance to Millard County because Fillmore was Utah's first territorial capital.The Millard County Commission has announced the appointments of Sylvia Huntsman and Gwen Hunter to spearhead statehood committee activities.
A history project for each county is also under way. Charlotte Morrison is heading that effort in Millard County. After research is completed, former Millard County residents Leo Lyman and Linda King Newel will complete the history under a contract approved by commissioners.
The Utah Legislature provided some funding for the statewide history project, being conducted under the direction of the Utah State Historical Society.
The old Statehouse is still cherished in Fillmore. It stands near the Millard County Courthouse west of Main Street. It is one of the finest preserved pieces of pioneer architecture in the state.
The building houses a museum, displaying a chair used by Brigham Young, paintings, American Indian and early Utah pioneer items and other historical artifacts and paintings. Fillmore was one of the first communities established during the expansion of Mormon settlements along Utah's Wasatch Front after 1849.
In connection with the statehood celebration, the Millard County Commission and committee members are urging residents to suggest activities that would be of interest and appropriate. These suggestions should be mailed by Jan. 4 to the committee, P.O. Box 147 in Fillmore.
Thorpe Waddingham of Delta serves on the state committee with Dale Whipple as representatives of Millard County.
Members of the Millard County committee also include Commissioner Lana Moon and Waddingham, Delta; Shirley Robins, Scipio; Valynn Dutson, Hinckley; and Margo Holman, Leamington.