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Museum Day celebrated at Park City Museum

Johanna Fassbender Record guest writer

Johanna Fassbender is the Curator of Education at the Park City Museum

Last Saturday the Park City Museum joined hundreds of museums across the nation to celebrate Museum Day. Many museums offered special programs and activities with the Park City Museum planning several activities for kids. Book-binding took place in the museum’s new educational space and coincided with the new exhibit, "Back to School." The idea behind the activity was that children in the early school days had to make their own journals to write in. Local children, along with some visiting from as far away as New York, enjoyed making their own colorful books.

Children also had the opportunity to participate in producing a mural of Park City history. The mural was created on a big piece of paper and shows things from Park City’s diverse history such as the railroad or the stagecoach. Kids of all ages joined the Curator of Education and volunteers Diana Lobdell and Patti Sanborn in drawing and painting. The mural is on exhibit in the museum.

At 5 pm, Parkites came to share their memories for "What’s your Park City story," our first oral history party. Old timers as well as newer Park City residents joined the museum staff in exploring stories from the 1960s and ’70s. The museum set up large photo walls to remind people of what the town looked like when they moved here.

Tom Clyde sparked the conversation by relating some of his memories of working at the old City Hall (now the museum). Other visitors were eager to share their stories, including going to the grocery store and spending at least 40 minutes there, bumping into everyone and chatting about politics. Another story concerned intermittent reception of TV channels. The antenna was shared by Park City with the town of Brighton, and residents of either town would climb up the hill and turn the antenna to ensure their town the best reception. Each story was answered with laughter and confirmed by many nodding heads.

The event was a great success with everyone, concluding with the discussion of making the oral history party a regular event. Everyone attending will be recorded to preserve Park City stories for future generations. If you are interested in participating in the museum’s oral history program, or if you would like to get on the mailing list for the next oral history party, contact the museum at 435-649-7457 or email museum@parkcityhistory.org.


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