Summarized by Vickie Speek
Mapleton Heritage Museum may get new lease on life - with new owners
Deseret News 17Jun99 L2
By Rodger L. Hardy: Deseret News staff writer
MAPLETON, UTAH -- The City Council in Mapleton, Utah, is looking at issuing
a license to a private museum corporation to operate an historic home that
is used as a museum. The license would be in lieu of a lease to operate the
facility. The house, known as the Bird Home, is an 1885 cabin built by
Mormon pioneer Levi Kendall. It is considered to be one of the outstanding
cabins in Utah.
The Mapleton Heritage Foundation wants to take over the home, a city-owned
museum located in the city park, but the City Council wants to stay in
control. The museum group says it "is not comfortable" with the historic
house under city management, because they constantly have to go to the city
for money. The city claims that under the group's control the museum is
rarely open and available to the public, while the city pays the utilities
and provides other funds from the city budget.
The city is considering granting a one-year license to the group to operate
the museum and to open it to the public. If that proves satisfactory, the
agreement could be renewed in five-year increments.