Unveiling Murdock Peace Treaty Painting Sept 28 @ 1pm


Peace Treaty Painting Unveiling, "A Matter of Trust" by Sandra Rast
Saturday, September 28, 2019 1:00 PM

Daughters of the Utah Pioneer Wasatch County Museum
188 S. Main St. Heber City, UT 84032

Peace Treaty Painting

In August of 1867, an Indian messenger was sent by Presiding Bishop, Joseph Stacy Murdock, to Ute Chief Tabby, Joseph's friend, inviting the Ute tribe to a BBQ. Brigham Young, President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, had asked Joseph to strive “to establish a lasting peace with the Indians.” The Utes came with their wives and children and camped near Joseph's home in Heber City. Pits were dug to cook plenty of BBQ beef. Every woman in town was asked to bake 10 loaves of bread and families brought corn and other garden vegetables. They all feasted together on the abundant array of food. A peace treaty was signed by Joseph and the seven Ute chiefs in his home. Then they all smoked a peace pipe marking the end of the Black Hawk War in that part of the territory.

An exquisite oil painting commemorating the Peace Treaty by renown artist, Sandra Rast, was commissioned by JSM Murdock descendant, Larry Jenkins. Joseph Stacy Murdock and the Ute tribal chiefs are depicted in this large and colorful original oil. The painting has been purchased by our family and will be donated to the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum in Heber City.

Joseph Murdock's leadership role as a pioneer peace-builder with the Native Americans was an important part of the establishment and success of Heber Valley. The peace they established eventually spread, completely ending the Black Hawk War.

We originally had wanted to honor Joseph by naming the UVU Alumni Center (our former home) after him, but the school administrators changed their plans. We are happy to honor him best by donating this painting to the Wasatch County DUP Museum--in the valley he lived and loved.

An image of the painting is attached and copyright is owned by the artist. Do not duplicate.

One and all are invited to join us for this special event!
Meet the artist, Sandra Rast.
Enjoy this wonderful small museum open Tuesday - Saturday 1-4 pm
The amazing biography of Joseph S. Murdock is available for sale.
Vernon Murdock, also a great pioneer artist, will portray JSM, his great-grandfather.
Meet other Murdock relatives.
Enjoy lunch at one of Heber's many restaurants and some may even have a
BBQ beef special in honor of this event.
Visit the Peace Treaty Monument with photos of Joseph and Chief Tabby located on the
northwest corner of 100 E. 300 N.
Joseph's sandstone home is across the street on the southwest corner. (private residence)

Please forward this announcement to all your relatives or friends who may be interested. Event details will also be posted on the Facebook page: “Joseph Stacy Murdock Family Organization”.

Sincerely, George and Mimi Murdock
(George is a 2nd great-grandson of JSM through Eliza Clark)