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Moab History: Legacy of Care – The Grand County Hospital 

May 16, 2024
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Moab’s medical history is defined by dedicated caregivers both inside and outside hospital walls. From doctors making house calls on horseback to nurses hosting supply drives during pandemics, the Moab community has been adapting to rural healthcare challenges for over a century.  The Moab Museum is proud to exhibit a new satellite exhibition at the…

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2024 Annual Gala: A Warm Thank You!

May 13, 2024
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A very warm and gracious thank you to all who joined us for the 2024 Annual Museum Gala and most notably to those who supported the event: Red Cliffs Lodge, Larson and Co. CPAs, Moab Cares, and Central Utah Insurance Agency. A special thanks to Roberta “Bobbie” Conner whose remarks inspired all of us at…

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Dr. Koji Lau Ozawa: “Archaeology of the Gila River War Relocation Center”

May 9, 2024
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Dr. Koji Lau-Ozawa, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA whose research focuses on the history and archeology of WWII Japanese American incarceration presented to Museum guests on Thursday May 9th. Dr. Lau-Ozawa’s dissertation research at Stanford focused on the Gila River Incarceration Camp, where he worked in collaboration with the Gila River Indian Community to…

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Moab History: Peach Days

May 9, 2024
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Around the turn of the twentieth century, Moab was a small, isolated agricultural community – and orchards were both a big business and a source of local pride in the valley. Moab peaches were a delicious and profitable crop and were exported to Colorado markets and beyond. Early settlers attempted to bolster the fruit-growing enterprise…

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Moab History: Cattle Drives

May 2, 2024
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A century ago, traffic jams in Moab looked very different than today. Cattle – not cars – clogged streets seasonally, as ranchers brought livestock through the Moab Valley on their way to the railroad in Thompson. What was it like driving cattle through town? What was it like for locals when hundreds of cows passed…

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Moab History: Early Phones in Moab and Beyond

April 18, 2024
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Long before cell phones, far simpler phone technology connected Moab to the outside world. In Moab, J.N. Corbin is remembered for many entrepreneurial efforts, including being a key player in bringing telephones to the region.  In 1903, J.N. Corbin organized the LaSal Mountain Telephone and Electric Company to build and operate telephone and electric power…

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New Faces on the Museum’s Board of Trustees

April 15, 2024
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The Moab Museum proudly elected two new members to our Board of Trustees at the February Board Meeting: Lynn Wilson and Kay McConagha. Lynn is the daughter of Bates and Robin Wilson and grew up on Professor Valley Ranch outside of Moab, Utah. She and her sister, Anne, cut their teeth on farming at the Ranch and…

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Moab History: Legacy of Care–Before a Hospital

April 11, 2024
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This month, the Moab Museum is proud to announce a new exhibition beyond our walls at Moab Regional Hospital. Legacy of Care: A Brief History of Medical Services dives into the history of medical care and services as well as the providers themselves.  Moab’s medical history is defined by dedicated caregivers both inside and outside hospital walls. From…

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Rose Masters: Manzanar to Moab

April 4, 2024
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Rose Masters, a volunteer and former National Park Service Ranger at Manzanar National Historic Site, provides an overview of Manzanar’s history and share stories of some of the men incarcerated at Manzanar Relocation Center who were transferred to the Moab Isolation Center following the so-called ‘Manzanar Riot.’ This program was put on by the Moab…

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The Arrival of Mormons at Bluff – Hole in the Rock expedition

April 4, 2024
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On April 6, 1880, a group of 236 Mormon pioneers reached their destination at Bluff after an incredibly arduous journey across southern Utah. Their church-sponsored journey became known as the Hole in the Rock Expedition, named for the passage the pioneers chose at Glen Canyon. Before 1880, very few white settlers called the Bluff Valley…

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