Learning Park City stories
They house artifacts that help people appreciate history and learn about past eras.
Museums can be a valuable community resource. With 2006 being named the year of the museum, Saturday, Sept. 16 has been declared Celebrate Your Museum Day in the state of Utah.
As part of the festivities, the Park City Museum is collecting oral histories for their "What’s Your Park City Story?" project.
Anyone with a story or memory of Park City is welcome to attend the event, beginning at 5 p.m.
"Everybody who has a story that relates to Park City is valuable to us," said Curator of Education Johanna Fassbender.
They have done similar projects in the past.
"But there are still so many stories out there," Fassbender said.
Parkites wishing to share their memories of the former mining town will have the opportunity to record their story at the museum. Those who cannot attend may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 649-7457.
That evening there may be a speaker and the museum will have historic pictures laid out to set the stage for reminiscing.
The oral histories will be used for future visitors to listen to or research. Fassbender said writers have also quoted them in articles or books.
Also happening that day are children’s activities being hosted in the new education area at the museum.
Fassbender has planned a book-binding activity and a mural project.
The book binding is aimed at helping students appreciate the way their peers used to have to do things.
"In the beginning they used scrap paper and made their own journals," she said.
Children will also have the opportunity to draw pictures and use them to create a Park City-themed mural.
Fassbender said she hopes the project will be a reflection of, "whatever they connect to Park City."
The activity aims to "get the kids to think about what is important to them what their community is like," Fassbender said.
The children’s activities will be held from 2-5 p.m. Following that the museum will close to the public for the gathering of oral histories.
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