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Kimi Hill: The Life and Art of Chiura Obata

March 28, 2024
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Kimi Hill, Obata family historian and granddaughter of Chiura Obata, presented“The Life and Art of Chiura Obata” in the Moab Museum’s South Gallery with filmmaker Adam Prieto earlier this year. Chiura Obata (1885 – 1975) ranks among the most significant California-based artists and Japanese American cultural leaders of the last century. His artistic career was…

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Moab History: Jeep Week

March 28, 2024
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Moab in the late 1960’s was a time of change. Mining, the town’s primary economic driver in years prior, was on the decline with the decreased demand of uranium ore by the United States government. Mines closing and people moving to find other opportunities threatened “bust” status in Moab. To promote visitation in the spring,…

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Moab History: Sarah J. Elliott and Women’s History in Grand County

March 21, 2024
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This March the Moab Museum celebrates Women’s History Month with a weekly popup on the West Lawn. Museum staff invite you to make a button or color a postcard of significant women in Utah’s history. The pop up is a collaboration with Utah Women’s History, a partnership between Better Days 2020 and the Utah Historical Society. This week, the Museum…

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Emit Pittman – Dalton Wells CCC Enrollee

March 14, 2024
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The 1943 incarceration of Japanese Americans and Moab’s role in these national-scale events were predated by Dalton Wells’ original use: a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp – DG-32. This week, the Museum team dives into the story of one of the CCC enrollees: Emit T. Pittman, whose profile is displayed in the current temporary exhibition…

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Kent Frost – Moab’s original Jeep tour guide

March 7, 2024
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The Moab Museum strives to share history from Southeast Utah and the broader Colorado Plateau by identifying and curating stories, both new and old. This week, our volunteer staff dive into the life and legacy of one of Moab’s institutional figures: Kent Frost. Find more information about historic Moab figures in our Oral Histories and…

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The Moab Museum Team continues to explore the Dalton Wells CCC Camp, touching on Recreation and Education.

February 29, 2024
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The 1943 incarceration of Japanese-Americans across the nation and Moab’s camp in the Dalton Wells area came after its original use: a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp – DG-32.  This week, we continue our exploration of the Fall/Winter 1993 Issue of the Canyon Legacy and Bruce D. Louthan’s work exploring Dalton Wells’ history as a CCC Camp,…

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Moab History: The Construction of the Dalton Wells CCC Camp

February 22, 2024
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Before the 1943 incarceration of Japanese Americans and Moab’s role in these national-scale events, the Dalton Wells area north of Moab had another use: a Civilian Conservation Corps camp.  This week, we continue our exploration of the Fall/Winter 1993 issue of the Canyon Legacy and Bruce D. Louthan’s work exploring Dalton Wells’ history as a…

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Mary Langworthy, public programs manager, introduces the exhibition with Jani Iwamoto on zoom, Forrest Rodgers, Megan Blackwelder, and Tara Beresh in the background.

A Moab Prison Camp: Opening Weekend Recap

February 20, 2024
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Thank you, Moab, for your participation in and attention paid to the new temporary exhibition at the Moab Museum: “A Moab Prison Camp: Japanese American Incarceration in Grand County.” Nearly 250 members and guests joined us over the course of the opening weekend to engage in this troubling and poignant history. We are incredibly grateful…

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Moab History: The CCC Camp at Dalton Wells– a precursor

February 15, 2024
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As the Museum launches into the history and lasting legacy of the 1943 incarceration of Japanese Americans and Moab’s role in these national-scale events, we turn to the Fall/Winter 1993 Issue of the Canyon Legacy and Bruce D. Louthan’s work exploring Dalton Wells’ history as a CCC Camp. What was Dalton Wells before a Moab…

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Harry Yoshio Ueno: Incarcerated at Dalton Wells in 1943

February 8, 2024
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During World War II, the U.S. Government incarcerated more than 120,000 Japanese American citizens and Japanese nationals living in the Western U.S. The War Relocation Authority (WRA) established Citizen Isolation Centers to isolate alleged “troublemakers” from the larger incarceration camps, including one at Dalton Wells, 14 miles north of Moab. Harry Yoshio Ueno was one…

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