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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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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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Japanese American Incarceration in Grand County – An Overview

February 1, 2024
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On February 17, the Moab Museum is hosting a public opening to our latest temporary exhibition, exploring the troubling story of Japanese Americans incarcerated at Dalton Wells, north of town in 1943. A Moab Prison Camp: Japanese American Incarceration in Grand County introduces the local and national story of Japanese American incarceration during WWII, following the bombing…

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Moab History: Profiling Two [More] Modern Basket Weavers

January 25, 2024
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The Moab Museum is proud to display ten striking Diné (Navajo)-woven baskets through the end of the current temporary exhibition. The baskets are on loan from the Twin Rocks Trading Post in Bluff, UT. In this week’s column we explore two of the weavers whose work is featured this month at the Museum. Check out…

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Channel 6 News Digitization: December Update

December 28, 2023
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Channel 6 News producer Jim Mattingly continues to digitize over 900 analog video cassettes (totaling approximately 1,200 hours of footage) in collaboration with the Moab Museum and made possible through a grant from the Utah State Historic Records and Advisory Board. The record is a compilation of news broadcasts from 1989 to 2000, documenting a…

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Artisit Chip Thomas stands in from of his Charlie and Lucy Glass mural on the Grand County Economic Development Building in October of 2023.

1956 Uranium Queen & Artist Chip Thomas

November 13, 2023
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Chip Thomas, aka “jetsonorama” is a photographer, public artist, activist, and physician who has been working on the Navajo Nation since 1987. As part of this year’s Red Rock Arts Festival, he installed two new murals in Moab – featuring historic photographs selected from the Moab Museum’s Collection.  This collaboration was conceived in early 2022…

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Military Uniforms in the Moab Museum Collection

November 10, 2023
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By: Brecken Beck, Moab Museum Intern I am interested in military history, and through my internship with the Moab Museum, I have had the opportunity to study two military uniforms in the Museum’s Collection to learn more about their stories. As the country observes Veteran’s Day, we invite Moabites to look into the history of…

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Susan Ige, Grand Daughter of David M. Cooper, Visits Moab

November 6, 2023
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September 11 – 15, 2023 In March of 2023, Ms. Susan Ige reached out to the Moab Museum expressing interest in visiting Moab to learn more about the place of her mother’s birth and the life of her grandfather. Her mother, Dorothy Maude (Cooper) Hildt was born in Moab, Utah to David Morrow Cooper and Annie (Short)…

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Lahaina, Maui Wildfires & the Hammonds of Moab

August 15, 2023
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The island of Maui was ravaged by wildfires in August 2023, destroying the cultural center of the island, Lāhainā. While our towns are far apart, our histories are intricately tied together.  Our thoughts are with the families of Lāhainā who have lost family members, friends, their community, their homes in the deadliest U.S. wildfire in…

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Interns Tackle Projects at the Museum

July 6, 2023
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Throughout the spring and summer, the Moab Museum hosted two recent graduates of Grand County High School: Kierra Kirks and Brecken Beck, as interns through Science Moab’s School to Science Program and the Department of Workforce Services, respectively. Kierra’s interests in geology and science communication gave her exposure to several facets of the Museum throughout her School to Science internship this spring.…

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