Tickets for the Park City Museum’s Silver Queen Ball are available now |

Tickets for the Park City Museum’s Silver Queen Ball are available now

The Park City Museum’s annual Silver Queen Ball was named after the town’s Silver Queen, Susanna Bransford Emery Holmes Delitch Engalitcheff — who became a millionaire thanks to her investments in the Silver King mine in town.

The name is fitting for the ball, which will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, because it’s the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year, said Executive Director Sandra Morrison.

"All proceeds will benefit the museum and its educational and outreach programs," Morrison told The Park Record. "Tickets are on sale and we encourage people to buy them now because they are selling quickly."

Tickets are $300 per person of $3,000 for a table of 10.

In addition to some fine food and drinks at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, the ball will feature live music by The Orchestra, featuring former members of the 1970s hit band Electric Light Orchestra, and a live auction.

It will also feature keynote speeches from a few local businessmen.

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"Our theme this year is Honoring Our Local Ski Heritage," Morrison said. "As a museum, we felt that there have been a lot of changes over the past couple of years, especially over the past couple of months in Park City’s skiing community. We thought it would be nice to remind people where we have come from."

The speakers will include John Cumming, CEO of the Powdr Corporation, which recently sold Park City Mountain Resort to Canyons operator, Vail, and Bill Rock, who was recently named COO of Canyons and PCMR, according to Morrison.

"We are also trying to get Bob Wheaton to speak about opening Deer Valley in 1980," she said. "That way we would have the perspective and different experiences of all three resorts present during the ball.

"Of course, the Cumming family was very instrumental in making sure Park City Mountain Resort was ready for the 2002 Winter Olympics, and Bill is totally appropriate to talk about where we’re headed and our future," Morrison said. "It will be a lovely program."

The live auction will feature items such as trips to Hawaii and Mexico and Tim LaPage from Safari Experts have donated a National Georgraphic cruise of the Galapagos Island for two valued at $15,000, Morrison said.

"That is a 10-day expedition aboard an intimate 48-guest yacht-scaled ship to bring you up and close with the islands and wildlife," she said. "The only thing is that it doesn’t include airfare."

The auction will also feature the popular firefighter dinner at the Park City Fire District station.

"Those who win the dinner get to go to the fire station, ride in the truck and enjoy a delicious dinner made by the firefighters," Morrison explained. "The dinner was so popular that the bidding ended up in a tie, so we sold two dinners.

"We’re happy to partner with the local fire department," she said. "The firefighters join us during the Silver Queen Ball and put on a wonderful and entertaining show during the auction."

Some of the programs the money will help include the dual-immersion programs and field trips for area students.

"We have had more than 1,500 students come through the museum this year, so far," Morrison said. "We work with the Park City School District and all the private schools in the area, and we work with home-school students."

This past year, the museum extended its reach to include students from Provo, Ogden and Evanston, Wyoming, she said.

The funds from the Silver Queen Ball will also help highlight the museum’s traveling exhibits, such as "Bison: An American Icon," which is on display at the Tozer Gallery.

"When we bring in these exhibits, which is usually three or four a year, we try to put together a schedule of lectures and other programs and events that tie in to those exhibitions," Morrison explained.

Furthermore, a portion of the money will help preserve and maintain donated artifacts and historical photographs.

"We have had a lot of interest from locals or people whose ancestors lived in Park City to house their archives and photograph collections so they can be preserved into the future," Morrison said. "We have received all kinds of donations of artifacts and photographs and it takes tremendous amount of recourses in staff time to get these into our database and conserve."

Sometimes the museum staff requires specialized training to make sure the preservation methods are done correctly.

"For example, we brought in a conservator to help with the Silver Queen’s dresses, and the first year we held the Silver Queen Ball, preserving her dresses was our Hands Up for History project," Morrison said. "People were able to contribute to that preservation effort. Not only did we have a textile conservationist come to help us learn about the long-term needs of the dresses, but we also found an experienced preservationist in Salt Lake who is working on these five dresses."

The local preservationist has been working to created the appropriate display mounts and support materials.

"This way, we will be able to rotate the dresses in our permanent exhibit at the museum," Morrison said.

Other artifacts in the museum’s collection include every Park Record newspaper going back to 1880.

"While we will never put the entire collection on exhibit, it’s important for us to keep and maintain the papers for people who are doing any type of research," Morrison said. "We are currently trying to get them keyword-accessible online. We’re up to 1982 online and there is more of that project in the works."

Tickets for the Park City Museum’s fourth annual Silver Queen Ball, which will be held on Dec. 27 at Stein Eriksen Lodge, 7700 Stein Way, are available now by visiting