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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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Retracing a Historic Trip: Harvey Leake Presents at the Museum

April 28, 2023
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In the summer of 1913, Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, along with his sons Archibald and Quentin, and his nephew, Nicholas Roosevelt, paid a visit to the natural bridges of San Juan County, Utah. The Times-Independent reported that well-known guide, John Wetherill would be expecting the Roosevelts at his home and that he would be guiding them to see…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Devon Dunajski Creates Canyon Country Colors Display

March 15, 2022
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Why are the rocks red? It’s a question often asked by visitors to Moab, and one that Devon Dunajski has answered often. Dunajski, who has worked seasonally as a ranger at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks since 2020. She loves sharing her knowledge about geology with park visitors at work and with friends when exploring…

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Looking Back and Looking Ahead

January 21, 2022
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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!

December 27, 2021
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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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Authentic Land Acknowledgement: Are we just checking a box?

October 11, 2021
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By: Tara Beresh, Curatorial & Collections Manager “It is important to understand the longstanding history that has brought you to reside on the land, and to seek to understand your place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need…

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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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Conserving a Twenty-Year Labor of Love | The Moab Museum’s Homage to Urbanek

January 22, 2021
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Longtime Moab locals, John and Anne Urbanek presented what is today referred to as “the Urbanek map” to the Moab Museum in December 2005. Originally from Kansas, John and Anne moved to Moab for employment at Arches National Park. Prior to Moab, John served as a pilot in the Korean War and enjoyed observing the…

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Welcome! A new way to stay in the know.

January 4, 2021
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Welcome to this new home for articles, updates, and other Museum happenings. The past two years have been busy ones for the Moab Museum: we’ve renovated our space, designed an entirely reimagined exhibit experience, and then adapted to COVID-19 with a variety of measures to bring you stories, objects, and programs virtually. Though the pandemic…

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