Museum wants 50 years of skiing memories
In December, 1963, Park City Mountain Resort opened for skiing as Treasure Mountains Resort.
Since this year marks the resort’s 50-year anniversary, the Park City Museum will open an original exhibit, "50 Years of Park City Skiing" in November.
To find items and collect oral history stories about locals and visitors’ experiences at the resort over the past half-decade, the museum, 528 Main St., is hosting a night of show and tell on Thursday, April 25, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.
During the free and casual event, the museum’s staff will get ideas of what to display, said Jenette Purdy, the museum’s director of education.
"We thought it would be a fun event one night where people brought the things they have collected over the years while skiing at PCMR and share them with each other," Purdy told The Park Record. "The museum, of course, loves objects and artifacts, but we also love stories. They sometimes make things more interesting, and it’s fun to hear about how things were."
The museum will set up tables where people can lay out their items.
"They’ll be able talk with each other about where the items came from, and tell their stories," Purdy said. "We will record some of the stories if people will allow us."
The museum hopes the winter exhibit will include an interactive display where museum visitors will be able to climb into a gondola and hear these stories.
"We may have to rerecord the stories at a later date, because I’m sure Thursday will be noisy with all the other people who will be in attendance, but we want to get some of that history down," she said.
West Office Exhibition Design, which built the museum’s permanent display, will design "50 Year of Park City Skiing," Purdy said.
"Right now, we don’t have any set plan to have specific stories and items, but we want to have fun memories we can show," she said. "As for the objects, we just want to see what people have and then we’ll go from there."
During Thursday’s event, the museum will not be collecting any items.
"That could get quite overwhelming," Purdy said. "There is a long and deliberate process we use to make sure all the items that we receive are accurately categorized and safe and secure.
"We just want to see what people have and to see if those items fit in the context of the exhibit, she said. "We will contact people later to see if they will be interested in loaning us some of their items."
Since the exhibit covers 50 years, Purdy said the staff will look for items, such as skis, boots and clothing, which cover the different eras.
"It doesn’t matter if they reach all the way back to 50 years, or 40, 30, 20, 10 or five," she said. "This is a fact-finding mission for the exhibit and we’re excited for it."
The night will also feature food, drinks and a contest with prizes to see who owns the oldest skis and the oldest PCMR season pass.
"People can just show up," Purdy said. "No RSVP is necessary."
The Park City Museum, 528 Main St., will host a "Show and Tell" event on Thursday, April 25 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. The night will feature food, drinks and the public reminiscing about the last 50 years of skiing at Park City Mountain Resort. For more information, visit http://www.parkcityhistory.org .
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