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History Comes to Life through School Programs and Summer Camps

July 7, 2021
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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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Snapshots of Downtown: Moab’s Streets Through Time

July 7, 2021
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Main Street in Moab today is abuzz with activity as visitors to the region enjoy a bite to eat or purchase mementos to commemorate their trip to Utah. During most of the twentieth century, however, the town’s streets have been far sleepier, lined with businesses and shops serving a mostly local clientele. A rich array…

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Museum Receives Grant to Continue Digitization of Barnes Photograph Archives 

July 7, 2021
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The Moab Museum has recently been awarded a second grant from the Utah State Historical Records Advisory Board (USHRAB) to continue digitizing images from the Fran and Terby Barnes Photograph Archives, which is housed at the Moab Museum. The Moab Museum began digitizing the Barnes Collection in 2020 with a generous grant from the USHRAB…

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Dewey, Utah: Exploring the Ghost Town Along the Colorado River

July 1, 2021
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Today, Dewey, Utah is the site of the Dewey Bridge, bringing travelers on Utah State Route 128 across the Colorado River as the road climbs out of the confines of the steep canyon walls. A campground, boat ramp, and nearby 4×4 roads draw people to the area for recreation, and several homes sit near the…

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Utah Central Railroad – Construction

Transcontinental Railroad Exhibition on Display at the Moab Museum

June 29, 2021
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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

May 18, 2021
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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

May 3, 2021
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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

April 28, 2021
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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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Tracing the history of Black frontiersman William Grandstaff

March 31, 2021
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A deep dive into new insights about Grandstaff’s life The story of William Grandstaff, a Black frontiersman who once called Moab home, has long held a prominent place in our region’s history, and the incomplete record of his life in the Moab Valley has long invited question and controversy. Records recently uncovered by musician and…

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Temporary Exhibit: Memories of the Quarantine / Memorias de la Cuarentena

March 18, 2021
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The Moab Museum is thrilled to present a temporary exhibit entitled Memories of the Quarantine / Memorias de la Cuarentena in collaboration with the Moab Valley Multicultural Center, which features a collection of stories presented in both English and Spanish collected by Moab local Mónica Piñera has collected from both sides of the US-Mexico border. The…

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