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Snow College Signs Agreement for Historic Co-op and Invites the Public to Visit the Pioneer-Era Building

The 15-year lease agreement with Ephraim City allows Snow to return to its pioneer roots

Co-op Lease Signing

March 11, 2024–EPHRAIM, UT – Snow College and Ephraim City signed a lease agreement for the historic Ephraim Co-operative Mercantile Association (Co-op) Building today. The 15-year lease follows the terms outlined in the June 2023 proposal and will allow the college to manage and preserve the facility.

Construction of the Co-op began in 1871 by early settlers of Sanpete County. In 1888, the top floor of the Co-op became the first home to Snow College, then known as Sanpete Stake Academy. 150 students gathered each day in makeshift classrooms, separated by canvas hung throughout the room. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Snow College is grateful for the opportunity to return to its roots and looks forward to helping to preserve this beloved historical building. President Stacee Yardley McIff said, “The Co-op Building is important to Snow College and is part of the college’s very fabric. We are committed to reflecting on and remembering our rich 136-year history while we build a bright future. Please join us in the exciting days, weeks, months, and years ahead!”

The college remains committed to keeping the building accessible to the public. Due to the additional traffic that is expected in the area from March 11 – April 5, the building will be open and available for tours Monday-Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm. Friends, alumni, and all those interested in touring this important piece of Sanpete County heritage are invited to stop by during this time. After the open house, offices, which will be open to the public, will be located on the main floor, and the top floor will be used as a gathering place for college and community functions.

In a nod to the historic beginnings of the building and the college, the top floor of the Co-op will be known as Academy Hall. Beginning April 15, Academy Hall will be available to rent in accordance to the school’s policies and fee schedule. Visit Scheduling & Conference Services for more information about renting this space.

About Snow College

Snow College, founded in 1888 by Utah pioneers, is a two-year college with campuses located in Ephraim and Richfield, Utah, and a learning center in Nephi, Utah. Serving more than 5,000 students, the college is committed to helping students graduate debt-free, gain resume-worthy experience, and develop a plan for the future. The affordable price and personalized environment full of opportunities allow students who find Snow College to find themselves. Learn more about all Snow College has to offer online at