Museum will offer Memorial Day walking tour
May 22, 2015
The Park City Museum is getting into the Memorial Day spirit.
On Monday afternoon, the museum will offer a special Historic Main Street walking tour and discuss the town’s history, said Jenette Purdy, Park City Museum education director.
"Our regular Historic Main Street walking tours start in June, but we decided to do a special on Memorial Day because of Utah Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month," Purdy said during an interview with The Park Record. "This is a statewide celebration and there are other activities happening everywhere, so I thought this would be a great way for the Park City Museum to celebrate along."
Monday’s tour is the same tour the museum hosts every day in June through September, but this is the first time the museum will offer it on Memorial Day.
"The tour will start at 2 p.m. and will ask that everyone meet at the museum at least 10 minutes beforehand," Purdy said. "We’ll take the trolley to the top of Main Street and walk down to the museum."
The tour will last approximately 1½ hours, she said.
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"While we’re walking, we’ll talk about the historic structures and the stories that made Park City what it is today," Purdy explained. "That will include area history and Main Street history. We’ll also have some historic photos to show how the street looked back then and how some of the structures look. These photos help the participants envision how the street used to look and also show them the different changes that have happened.
"Many people who join the tour are tourists and don’t know the backgrounds concerning existing places like the Museum or the Kimball Art Center and other buildings that have been torn down," she said. "So, this is a way for us to talk about and emphasize the importance of historic preservation and how much things have changed."
This has been a year of many changes on Main Street, Purdy said.
"We will discuss some of the major and most recent changes, especially the Main Street Mall, which looks so different than it ever has," she said with a laugh.
Participants should wear comfortable shoes and bring water.
"They may want to also bring sunscreen if the sun is out," Purdy said. "The tour is a great way to be outdoors and enjoy the beautiful surroundings."
The museum may cancel the tour due to inclement weather.
"If there is thunder and lightning and torrential downpour, we will not host the tour," Purdy said. "However, if there is just some sprinkling, then we will still lead the tour, and we will ask people to bring their own umbrellas. So, if there is some rain, the best thing to do is call the museum to see if the tour is still on."
The cost is $5 per person or $12 for a combination ticket for the tour and admission to the Park City Museum.
"Groups of seven or more people need to call the museum to make additional reservations," Purdy said. "I would say the tour is appropriate for ages 13 and older. It is interesting, but there is a lot of talking."
The Park City Museum, 528 Main St., will host a Historic Main Street Memorial Day walking tour on Monday, May 25 at 2 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. For more information http://www.parkcityhistory.org or 435-649-7457.