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Events and Reservations

Weddings, Celebrations, Meetings

The building and grounds are available to plan your special event, subject to approval and scheduling. Events such as:

  • Wedding ceremonies
  • Reception and photo sessions
  • Private functions
  • Birthdays
  • Showers
  • Family reunions
  • Piano recitals

Schedule & Reserve the Building

Because we are a non-profit entity there is usually a charge for the use of the building and grounds for these events. The Museum Board can be requested to waive the charge for services rendered and that have a benefit to the Museum.

 To reserve the building and pricing contact the Museum at (801) 335-8843 or          


Community Gardens

Annual fee. The Community Gardens gives an opportunity to garden in the city. Set east of the Museum, approximately 30 garden plots are put to good use allowing individuals and families to cultivate the art of growing their own produce. Click for more information.

Keeping Centerville's Story Alive at "The Whitaker"

Every second Tuesday at 7:00pm.

The Whitaker will host exciting guests all year long who will share Centerville's great heritage over the past 100 years. Learn about our founding fathers and such great people as Samuel and Joel Parrish, Will Streeper, B.H. Roberts, Joel and Thomas Ricks, Chase, Whitaker and many more. We'll hear and have displays about the two great floods that devastated Centerville in 1923 and 1983. We'll honor our veterans who have served their country so well, through display and story. T.C. Christensen tells marvelous stories through his outstanding motion pictures and we'll hear from him. Local artists who have made their mark will also speak and display art specific to Centerville's history. Discover the history behind the school name 'Jennie P Stewart Elementary'. Join us each month for something new and live in Centerville with pride!

  • March 10 - David Parrish: Samuel and Joel Parrish: Founding Father and Son
  • April 14 - Susan Hainsworth - Teacher For a Lifetime: Jenny P Stewart
  • May 12 - T.C. Christensen: Master Storyteller in Motion Pictures
  • Jun 9 - The Great Seventy Year Floods: 1923 and 1983
  • July 14 - Earl Tingey: Centerville' Courageous Veterans
  • August 11 - Country Fair at the Whitaker - 5:00pm until dark
  • September 8 - Andy Bavelas: "The History of the Bavelas Farm."
  • October 13 - Lyndon Ricks: Centerville Founders Joe and Thomas Ricks
  • November 10 - "The Celebration May End but the Story Goes On."
  • December 8 - An Old Fashioned Christmas Carol: Caroling and stroll through "Old Centerville" and "Twas the Night Before Christmas" Storytelling.

Contact the Museum at (801) 335-8843 or for more information or if you have a story to tell.

Then and Now Scavenger Hunt

May 19 - Aug 18; Tuesdays from 10am - 6pm

Themetrope, stereoscope, thunder pot, hair box, straightedge, draught, chuckaboo, roly-poly pudding pan? Come to "The Whitaker" and find out what and how these items were used by Centerville's founding families. "The Whitaker" scavenger hunt is afoot; come celebrate Centerville's Centennial year at the museum.

Contact or (801) 335-8843 for more information.

Geneology - Who's Your Kissing Cousin?

May 19 - Aug 18; Tuesdays from 10am - 6pm

Chances are if you are a long-time Centerville resident or have the name Parrish, Walton, Porter, Barber, Cheney, Chase, Folsom, Duncan, Benson, Miles, Rich, etc. in your family line, you are a relative to the Whitakers. Come any Tuesday to the museum to learn about Centerville's history and your own connection to it. You can also find your connection through the Genealogy chart display.

Contact the Museum at (801) 335-8843 or



May 19 - Aug 18; Tuesdays from 10am - 6pm

View the sequential course of events that shaped where we are today. The display charts the relationship between major events that happened in the World, the State of Utah, and especially within our hometown of Centerville. The timeline takes us from just before 1847 through the present. Self-guided tour any Tuesday between 10am and 6pm.

Contact the Museum at (801) 335-8843 or

Tours for Youth Organizations

Free event. Special evening tours for youth groups, religious groups, scouts or others are available. These are available by appointment only. They can be tailored to meet your needs and interests. Tuesdays only.

Contact the Museum at (801) 335-8843 or

Victorian Day Tea

Saturday, May 30; Reservations and prepayment required. Reservations will begin April 1st and thereafter until filled.

Fundraiser event. Reservations and prepayment required. The event is for ladies age 6 and up.

Since the reign of Queen Victoria, the observance of afternoon tea has become a treasured custom in Great Britain. Charles Dickens aptly described the tradition as one "in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another." 2015 marks Centerville's Centennial Celebration of incorporation as a city. In celebration of this event, Centerville's distinguished female residents from the time period of 1847 to 1915 will be honored.

Contact the Museum at (801) 335-8843 or

2nd Annual Whitaker Cemetery Tours

October 24 7:30 and 9:00pm

In celebration of the centennial, this year's cemetery tours will feature stories of Centerville's permanent residents..... Reserve a spot on the Centerville Cemetery at Dusk tour. Award winning Salt Lake City Ghost Tour guide, Julie Barnson, will be the storyteller for this event. (Appropriate for ages 12 and above).

Contact: Lisa Linn Sommer (801) 335-8843 or

2nd Annual Zombie Family Fun Run

October 24

Bring family, friends or fiends and run the course not knowing what lurks around the next end. Dress up - awards will be given for creativity, not speed. How often do you get the chance to be chased by a dead guy?

This is a fundraising event sponsored by the Whitaker Museum.

Events include a 5K or a 1/2 mile race for children (zombie free)

Haunting at "The Whitaker"

October 29

Free event. In connection with the Pumpkin Party offered by the Youth Council. Walk on over to the Whitaker Museum to enjoy a bonfire and Starbucks hot chocolate. Listen to spooky, family-friendly stories by award-winning professional storytellers. Fun for all ages.


Christmas at "The Whitaker"

December 1, 8, 15 10:00am - 6:00pm

Step back to Christmases of yesteryear. Hear old-time Christmas music and a story or two. Smell the smells of Christmas past. Make a craft, write a letter to Santa and take home a treat enjoyed in pioneer days.

"Old Fashioned" sepia pictures with Santa Claus between the hours of 3:30pm and 5:30pm - $5.00

Contact the Museum at (801) 335-8843 or




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