Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Amidst the uncertainty brought by COVID-19, the Moab Museum is grateful to be celebrating a busy year of exhibits, programs, and behind-the-scenes projects as we usher in 2022. From our summer exhibit highlighting local petroglyph panels to the traveling exhibition on Chinese Transcontinental Railroad workers, we’ve been thrilled to share a wide array of stories…

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Behind the Front Desk: Get to Know the Guest Services Associates!

Tuesday, June 1st marked the first day the redesigned Moab Museum opened its doors to the public. Since then, it’s hosted over 3000 guests, and more than doubled its memberships. These achievements have been in part due to our wonderful staff. Visitors to the museum have been primarily engaged by two of the newest members…

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Carving Katsintithu: Experience a Thriving Tradition at the Moab Museum

This winter, the Moab Museum has come alive with color. A wide array of intricately carved and vibrantly painted katsintithu – widely known as “kachina dolls”– are on exhibit through February 2022. The temporary exhibition entitled Hopi Katsina: Evolving Styles, Enduring Meanings, offers a glimpse into the flourishing cultural and creative tradition of Hopi katsintithu…

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Hands-on History: Middle School Students Explore Atlatl History

Grand County Middle School students recently had the opportunity to practice an ancient skill: throwing darts with atlatls. A second class-lever, atlatls are spear-throwers that have helped hunters across the world for many thousands of years. The first atlatls were invented approximately 17,000 to 21,000 years ago. The earliest known atlatl was found in France,…

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Interpreting Petroglyphs: Perspectives on Prominent Panels

“There’s always variations of understanding of how sites [were] used by Ancestors,” explained Bertram Tsavadawa on a recent summer morning, standing alongside a petroglyph panel near the Colorado River. Tsavadawa, a Hopi guide, belongs to the corn clan from the village of Old Oraibi, 3rd Mesa in Arizona. He joined Don Montoya, a retired archeologist,…

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History Comes to Life through School Programs and Summer Camps

Providing educational opportunities for the children of Grand County, Utah has long been an important part of the Museum’s work. This spring, the Museum delivered core curriculum-aligned field trip programs to over 350 Helen M. Knight Elementary School children. These trips, designed in collaboration with teachers to complement each grade level’s subject matter, took students…

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Transcontinental Railroad Exhibition on Display at the Moab Museum

Utah Central Railroad – Construction

On May 10, 1869, the Golden Spike was driven into the railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah, completing the once unimaginable rail line that crossed the continent and dramatically shaping America’s history. The Transcontinental Railroad, crossing formidable terrain to link the coasts, was a tremendous engineering achievement and major factor in the nation’s westward expansion. A…

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Fran and Terby Barnes Photo Archive: FAQ

The Moab Museum has recently undertaken the digitization of the extensive photo archive of longtime Moabites Fran and Terby Barnes. Curatorial & Collections Manager Tara Beresh addresses some of the most frequently asked questions about Fran and Terby, as well as their archives, now part of the Museum Collection. Who were Fran and Terby Barnes?…

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Annual quilt show brings color & cheer

For many years, the Delicate Stitchers quilt guild has held an annual themed challenge and displayed a colorful array of handmade quilts in the Museum. This year, the quilters present “The Straight Skinny,” a series of long, thin quilts 12″ by 48″ which have been created by a dozen local quilters. The exhibit will open…

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Museum Board welcomes new Trustees

Moab residents Cindy Hardgrave and Megan Blackwelder were elected to a three-year term on the Museum’s Board of Trustees at the Board’s April 21 meeting. Ms. Blackwelder currently serves as SE Regional Manager for the Utah Division of State Parks & Recreation, where she oversees three state museums (The Edge of the Cedars, Anasazi State…

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