With these words, Bountiful Mayor Joe Johnson Saturday opened the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bountiful Historical Museum's temporary home. A small crowd had gathered in the morning shade of the Smith/Hyatt Building, just south of the Bountiful City Hall campus (845 South Main, Suite B5).
The museum houses several photos of the early city and includes several artifacts.
"Tom (Tolman of the city council) told me to go and look at what other cities had," Johnson said. "I did, and we're behind."
Johnson said he felt the words of Kim Burningham at the 1992 unveiling of the Bountiful Historical Monument on Main Street were very appropriate. Quoting Burningham, Johnson said, "Remember those who went before, before you step into the future."
Bountiful Historical Commission Chair Darwin Anderson praised Tolman's efforts, reminding the crowd that Tolman had run for city council on the "blank" that he would restore the historic commission. Anderson also talked about Tolman's vision to have a permanent museum, north of Bountiful City Hall.
"We need to ID people with deep pockets to establish a permanent museum," he said. "Bountiful is the second oldest (settlement) in the state. It deserves better than it's had."
Tolman, with tears in his eyes, thanked those who had helped establish the museum. He reflected on the founders of the city and those who struggled to settle it.
"I can feel the presence of those who went before," he said, "and we need to tell their story. Most of those who are growing up haven't heard it, and they need to be told their story."
Tolman explained that even though the envisioned permanent museum is currently only an idea and a few drawings, he was optimistic that the museum was possible.
"I feel it can happen," he said, "and I feel it can happen soon."
Council member John Pitt said that he expects Tolman's passion and persistence to overcome the odds of building a new museum structure.
"With Tom's (Tolman) tenacity, I wouldn't be surprised to see it in a couple of years."
Also during the ceremony, Pitt read the resolution passed by the city council last week establishing an area of Bountiful as the Bountiful Fort Historic District.
Anderson again praised the efforts of the historical commission, support from the city and the talent of those who had helped set up the museum.
"A guru I once met told me, 'If you don't have a history, you don't have a heart,'" and emotional Anderson said. "I thought it an apt comment. Bountiful has such a rich history as the second settlement. They were some really great people who deserve to have their story told."