Museum shows its members the dungeon during membership drive |

Museum shows its members the dungeon during membership drive

The Park City Museum wants to thank its members because, without their support, the nonprofit wouldn’t be able to fulfill its mission to preserve, protect and promote Park City’s history and heritage.

"While we do get a few grants each year, we are dependent on donations from our members," said Sandra Morrison, the museum’s executive director. "The money covers the traveling exhibits that the museum brings in from across the country and the free field trips it offers to schools."

To show gratitude, the museum hosts the annual Dungeon party. This year’s event will be held at the museum’s Tozer Gallery on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Members can renew their memberships and potential members can purchase memberships by visiting or by showing up at the door.

The night, dubbed "A Mad hatter’s Extravaganza," will be highlighted by a hat contest, said Shontai Pohl, administrative and events coordinator.

Usually the Dungeon Party is held closer to Halloween and party goers have been known to dress up, but since the museum will present an exhibit called "Plastics Unwrapped" in the gallery starting on Oct. 3, the party had to be moved up a month, Pohl said.

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"So, to continue with the idea of dressing up, we tied the party to National Fall Hat Month," she said.

Prizes will be given out for the most "wacky hats of the night," Pohl said.

"The museum is encouraging people to make the hats out of recycled material, which will tie into the October exhibit, which is about how plastic has changed and shaped recycling," she said. "We thought if we were going to throw a hat party, it would be wonderful if people could create their own hats. I don’t know if everyone can do that, but we thought it would be fun for people to get excited about the party."

The prizes are donated by different local businesses, including All Seasons Resorts, which donated an all-day fly-fishing trip.

In addition, the Dungeon Party will spotlight food from some Park City restaurants bandits Bar and Grill, Blue Iguana, Flanagan’s, No Name Saloon, the Pizza and Noodle Company and Java Cow.

Bartenders from various restaurants will also serve libations.

"Every year we invited restaurants to the Dungeon Party and they can bring brochures, menus and cards, anything they want to promote themselves," Pohl said. "We give them tables and they offer any hors d’oeuvres that best represent their menu to share with our community."

Sharing information with the community is what the Park City Museum is all about, Morrison said.

"We also do many adult-education programs, including the History Speaks lecture series, that are usually tied in with the exhibitions and events we do," she said.

In the past the series has included Cory Jensen from the Utah State Historic Preservation Office and historian John Sillitoe from Weber State University.

"Cory talked about Park City’s historic architecture, which went with our annual historic home tour," Morrison said. John, who is an expert about labor leader Joe Hill, gave us a program because this year marked the 100th anniversary of Joe Hill’s execution."

A year-long individual membership is $55 and family memberships are $100, Morrison said.

"We offer benefits to our members including free year-round admission and discounts in our museum store," she said. "We also host member historic skiing and hiking tours. We believe in lifelong learning."

The Park City Museum, 528 Main St., will host its annual Dungeon Party and membership drive on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 5 p.m. until 7:30p.m. For more information, visit,