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Celebrate local museums

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Park City Museum plans to celebrate itself and the city’s history on Saturday, as it commemorates Celebrate Your Museum Day.

Sandra Morrison, who directs the museum, says that two events are planned. From 2-5 p.m., kids activities are scheduled. Later, from 5-7 p.m., the museum wants people to stop by to tell stories about their time in Park City.

Morrison says that the museum will use some of the stories for an oral-history exhibit. Tom Clyde, a Park Record columnist who once served as the Park City attorney, will be telling stories from the early 1980s.

"The Park City museum focuses on the Park City experience, whether it’s the experience of people who lived here 100 years ago or the people who lived here two years ago," Morrison says, adding that the museum objectively reflects Park City’s history.

The museum attracts 70,000 visitors each year.

The museum spreads over 4,000 square feet. Some of the notable exhibits currently on display include a stagecoach from the 1870s that was used in a Park City-Salt Lake City route, a so-called skier subway, which transported skiers onto Treasure Mountain, the predecessor of Park City Mountain Resort.

The subway traveled three miles through the Spiro Tunnel and gained 1,700 feet of elevation, Morrison says. Park City history lovers see the subway as one the most unique known skier-transit systems.

The museum plans a major expansion but Morrison says no timeline is set. She expects it to be a multimillion-dollar project.

"We’re still in the research phase," she says, adding that she hopes that the museum becomes more interactive once it expands.

Clyde, the Record columnist, says he will talk about the growth of the community, discuss elections from the early 1980s and dwell on how snow was not plowed as quickly in that era. There was a lack of snowplows and Parkites did not expect that the snow would be cleared so soon, he says.

"The change is huge and still continues to be huge. You go away for a weekend and come back and it’s a different place," Clyde says.

He talks about the arrival of a second grocery store and how that changed the scene in Park City, where people would chat when they ran into each other while food shopping.

"You were certain you could run into people at the grocery store," he says. "It was such a social outing."

Meanwhile, at the Alf Engen Ski Museum, which shares a building with the 2002 Winter Olympic museum at the Utah Olympic Park, patrons who mention the museum day will receive $1 off admission on Saturday. Admission will be $7 on Saturday. Hours on Saturday are 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Park City Museum’s hours are from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from noon until 6 p.m. on Sundays. Its address is 518 Main St.

For more information about the Park City Museum, call 658-1935. More information about the ski museum is available at 658-4240.


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