Amanda Knight Hall Petition
SAVE AMANDA KNIGHT HALL FROM DEMOLITION
TO: BYU Administration
FROM: Provo Joaquin Neighborhood Chair and Vice-Chairs, Utah Cultural Alliance, Preservation Utah, and the Following Signers
We are members of Utah-focused cultural organizations, Provo residents, BYU friends and alumni, and concerned citizens.
This summer, Brigham Young University announced the demolition of the Tudor-Revival Amanda Knight Hall (built 1939), located in Provo’s historic Joaquin Neighborhood. The University plans to replace the original Amanda Knight Hall with a “replica” of the building located on the same site.
We ask that BYU reverse its decision to demolish Amanda Knight Hall, and instead either renovate the building for university use OR sell the building to a preservation-minded investor.366 signatures
Jessie and Amanda Knight were patrons of BYU who, in the early twentieth-century, repeatedly saved Brigham Young Academy, and subsequently Brigham Young University, from bankruptcy. Using funds donated to BYU by Jessie and Amanda Knight in their wills, the university built Amanda Knight Hall to serve as a woman’s dormitory and as a memorial to Amanda Knight. After serving for decades as a dormitory, Amanda Knight Hall was repurposed in 1964 to be a training center for foreign-bound LDS missionaries. The programs developed in Amanda Knight Hall gave birth to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints worldwide Missionary Training Center program, and were, in part, responsible for the meteoric growth of the LDS Church during the latter half of the twentieth century.
Since its construction, Amanda Knight Hall has been an important BYU and Provo City landmark. In 1996, members of the Provo Landmarks Commission notified BYU that they had placed the building on the Provo Landmarks Register, effectively saving the building from demolition. While BYU did not contest Amanda Knight Hall’s listing in 1996, in 2002 BYU petitioned Provo City Council to remove the building from the registry so they could tear it down. Acting contrary to the recommendation of the Landmarks Commission, the City Council voted to delist the building. The uproar this action caused lead BYU to back down from its plans to demolish Amanda Knight Hall.
In June of 2018, BYU stated that they had renewed their plans to demolish Amanda Knight Hall. By taking this action, BYU not only demolishes a key part of its own history, but also a significant piece of Provo City and larger Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints histories. This historic building will soon disappear unless BYU can be persuaded to renovate the building for its own uses OR sell the building to a preservation-minded investor.
Please sign this petition directed at BYU Administration in support of preserving Amanda Knight Hall. Your efforts on behalf of this preservation effort are greatly appreciated.
*Visit the “Save Amanda Knight Hall at BYU” Facebook page for additional information.
Help us Save the Logan City School District Art Collection
Utah is home to this country's oldest Arts Council, founded by state legislator Alice Merrill Horne. We celebrated her 150th birthday on January 2nd. Her passion for the arts & humanities was unbridled, and in the 1930s, Alice Merrill Horne helped 37 school districts and libraries across the state begin their own collections of original artworks by regional artists. The investment started with milk money - nickels and dimes - contributed by school children which was matched by city, county and state funds to purchase collections that are now worth millions of dollars. The Logan City School District's collection is still publicly owned and displayed, for now. However, LCSD is now selling 11 of the finest paintings from their collection.
Because these pieces were purchased by children for the public good of future students to enjoy, they should remain in public collections and viewable by the descendants of these children, for the public benefit of all Utahns. We, the signers of this petition, ask the Logan City School District to immediately halt the sale of their collection and work to find a solution that keeps the collection accessible to the public and properly preserved and stored.
We ask LCSD to also consider the terrible timing of this sale: Cache County recently made international news for firing an art teacher for showing children art, and, it is Alice Merrill Horne's 150th birthday month.
Keep these pieces public. Take care of these historical treasures for future generations.
Residents of Logan:
Please also contact your School District representative immediately!
Click here for contact information: http://www.loganschools.org/school-board-1/
Visit vote.utah.gov to find how which Logan City school district representative
There is a school board meeting on Tuesday January 23rd at 5pm, you are welcome to attend and ask them in person not to sell the pieces. 101 West Center Street, Logan, Utah
Below is the petition text.833 signatures
Dear Logan City School District and Superintendent Schofield:
It is empowering to know that the community of Logan, especially its children, understood the value of art by purchasing art, which not only allowed them to be surrounded by great art, but helped them build cultural knowledge and experience.
We, the undersigned individuals and institutions, are dismayed over your decision to sell pieces from this "milk money for art" collection. We ask you to immediately halt the sale of your collection and work to find a solution that keeps the collection:
- accessible to the public and,
- properly preserved and stored.
Possible solutions include donating or loaning the pieces to a local museum such as:
- Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art
- Logan City's new Library
- The new Logan History Museum could be expanded to include art
- Utah Museum of Fine Arts
- Springville Museum of Art
- Capitol Preservation Board
- Donating to the Utah Division of Arts & Museums
The loan to these publicly entities could include the entity funding any necessary restoration work.
Because these pieces were purchased by children for the public good of future students to enjoy, they should remain in public collections and viewable by the descendants of these children, for the public benefit of all Utahns.
We ask LCSD to also consider the terrible timing of this sale: Cache County recently made international news for firing an art teacher for showing children art, and, it is Alice Merrill Horne's 150th birthday month right now.
The legacy of genuine art purchased by school children for public viewing is pretty incredible. Please keep these pieces public. Take care of these treasures for future generations.
the following individuals and institutions