The Laurie Teichert Eastwood collection of Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert and Herman Adolph Teichert family papers
The L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce that curatorial work has been completed on the Laurie Teichert Eastwood collection of Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert and Herman Adolph Teichert family papers. The collection was donated to Special Collections by Laurie Teichert Eastwood, daughter of Minerva Teichert and Herman Teichert, and contains the personal and professional papers of Minerva Teichert and Herman Teichert.
Noted American artist, Minerva Bernetta Kohlhepp was born August 28th, 1888, in Ogden, Utah, to Frederick John Kohlhepp and Mary Ella Hickman. Following graduation from high school, Minerva taught school in Idaho, and at age 19, had saved enough money to attend the Chicago Art Institute. In 1915, she moved to New York City to study at the Art Students’ League, where her teachers, George Bridgman, Dimitri Romanoffski, and Robert Henri, recognized her talent and encouraged her to pursue a career in art.
In 1917, Minerva returned to Idaho. On September 15, 1917, she married Herman Adolph Teichert, right before he left to fight in World War I. Together, they had 5 children: Herman, Hamilton, Robert, Laurie, and John. Minerva spent much of her life on a ranch in Cokeville, Wyoming. As she raised her family and ran the ranch, she continued to paint, focusing on the American West and the LDS faith as her principle subjects. She painted the murals in the World Room in the Manti Utah LDS temple, and painted an entire series of paintings on the stories of the Book of Mormon. Minerva died May 3rd, 1976, in Provo, Utah.
Materials in the Laurie Teichert Eastwood collection of Minerva Kohlhepp Teichert and Herman Adolph Teichert family papers include scrapbooks and sketches, correspondence, postcards, photographs, and ephemera, all relating to her life as a mother, artist, and LDS Church member. The collection also contains the personal papers of Herman Teichert, Laurie Teichert Eastwood, and Marian Eastwood Wardle.
John Murphy, Curator
L. Tom Perry Special Collections
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