Alice Merrill Horne

In keeping with the spirit of the Better Days 2020 celebration of Utah women’s suffrage this week, we wanted to give a shout-out to the remarkable Utah woman who founded our agency: Alice Merrill Horne.

Our friend Laura Durham wrote a lovely profile of Alice for the Better Days 2020 website. As Laura writes: “In 1899, Utah Representative Alice Merrill Horne sponsored the bill that established the Division of Arts & Museums, making Utah the first state in the nation to have a state-run arts agency. Her impact on the arts is great, but her influence reaches beyond her cultural agenda. Not only was Alice a dedicated arts advocate, she was also a preservationist, an environmentalist, and a suffragist.”

Read all of Laura’s article about Alice here.