The Heritage Museum of Layton is celebrating its 35th anniversary during July.
Situated just south and next to the Ed Kenley Amphitheater, the museum has a new display on the history of Layton.
The museum building was dedicated back on July 4, 1979.
Bill Sanders, director of the museum, said the museum actually opened to the public about a year later, once displays were completed.
“We are the luckiest museum in the state,” Sanders said. “Because of our ideal location, we are the envy of every other city in Utah.”
“The Lorin Wilde Exhibit” opened July 1st and continues during the entire month of July. It boasts drawings of historical buildings in Davis County, such as the Kaysville Tabernacle and past Davis County Buildings.
The standard, on-going display at the museum is the “1850 Census,” spotlighting Layton and Kaysville’s pioneers. That display will be replaced in September with one, yet untitled, but focusing on Layton’s farming heritage.
Sanders said decades ago, sugar beets, fruit trees, plus cattle and sheep ranching were an integral part of the city. Now, any farming in Layton is rare.
The museum, officially at 403 N. Wasatch Drive, also includes some 7,200-square feet of space and has over 2,100 artifacts, nearly 1,800 historical documents and newspapers and almost 3,500 photographs.
The bulk of the Museum's collection dates from the turn of the century to when Layton was principally a rural, agricultural community.
Sanders said the museum averages 40-45 visitors a day in summer and about 15-30 a day in the winter. Total attendance in 2013 was 8,600 people.
However, that record could be eclipsed this year, since school tours returned to the museum last May, after cutbacks in busing lapsed.
The museum hosted 11 school classes, or 672 students during just the last week of year-round school.
Open normally Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and on Saturdays, from 1-5 p.m., the museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The museum’s establishment was suggested by the late Oma E. Wilcox, a well-known civic leader and benefactor. During the 1970s, former Mayor Lewis G. Shields and the City Council promoted it as a project for the nation's Bicentennial. Funds were raised for its construction over several years and were aided by a Utah Bicentennial Commission grant and a loan by the city.
The museum takes donations of items, if they apply to the mission of the museum. Anyone interested in making a donation can contact Sanders at 801-336-3930.