NEW IN THE TOZER GALLERY
Plastics Unwrapped (October 3, 2015 – January 1, 2016)
Can you imagine a time when there were no waterproof raincoats? No plastic buckets? Humans existed without plastics for centuries. Now, we rely on them to meet our basic needs. Plastics help keep us safe and healthy. They make our daily lives convenient in so many ways that it’s nearly impossible to imagine a world without them.
Before the 1950’s, we hardly used plastics. How did they go from being rare to being everywhere? Plastics Unwrapped explores how material culture was changed—rapidly and perhaps permanently—by plastics. Learn what life was like before plastics, how they are made, why they’re so convenient and beneficial to use, and what happens after we throw them away.
Plastics were marketed as the “material of the future.” Now, that prediction has come true. They will stay in landfills and oceans for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. In order to counter the impact of plastic waste, we need to rethink our relationship with plastics. Discover how, at Plastics Unwrapped.
Plastics Unwrapped is a traveling exhibit organized by the Burke Museum, University of Washington. The National tour has been generously sponsored by The Boeing Company and the University of Washington. Sponsorship of the local presentation of Plastics Unwrapped was provided by the Park City Museum.
From Around the World
How did early settlers find their way to Park City? After learning about the Kimball Stagecoach, which carried people and mail to Park City, climb aboard a re-created railcar. Look out the train’s window and back through time as you watch a film about Park City’s place in the frontier West. On the platform outside, meet new arrivals from around the world and learn about their history.
Mega Mine and the Days of Ore
Visitors examine the scaled, late 19th century Mega Mine. Surface mining operations such as a mill, Cornish pump, and aerial tramway are highlighted on the two-story-tall structure. Inside the Mega Mine, discover workings, mine bosses on quadricycles, and the Cornish pump and hoist, which travel all the way to the 1,000-foot level.
Mining required strong backs, and wreaked havoc on miners’ lungs. Downstairs, learn about the dark, wet, and dangerous profession as you explore mining equipment, learn how ore becomes silver, and earn your pay by drilling into the rock face.
Skier Subway Theater
Climb into an original car from the world’s only “Skier Subway” and watch a film explaining Park City’s transition from a mining to a skiing town.
The Dungeon: Park City’s Territorial Jail
Visiting the original territorial jail in the basement of the historic City Hall is an unforgettable experience. Hear stories about “guests” who visited these cells, and learn about some of Park City’s more dangerous criminals.
Hazardous working conditions in the mines led many in the Park to join fraternal organizations and, later, labor unions for protection. The Cell Theater presents this often controversial history, including original Industrial Workers of the World—or Wobbly— graffiti from 1916.
Muckers & Millionaires
Millions of dollars in mineral wealth came out of Park City’s mines, but little of it stayed in town. This exhibit explores the great divide between Park City miners (muckers) and the mine owners who chose to live in mansions in Salt Lake City. Explore the differences in both groups’ clothing, housing, and entertainment, and learn about some of the characters who shaped Park City’s history.
Living in Park City
What was it like to live in Park City 100 or more years ago?
Visit the local post office, swing by the neighborhood market, and help connect calls at the telephone company. After learning about the history of skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, swing by the Egyptian Theatre and take in a show to learn about the importance of theater in Park City’s past and present.
Thirsty for more?
The local saloon was more than just a place to wet your whistle. Listen to stories and learn about changing attitudes and economics in the 1960s at a historic, refurbished Park City bar.
1926 Fire Truck
Park City took a chance and ordered an “auto” fire truck in 1922. They were so pleased that they ordered another one four years later. This 1926 Graham Brothers Dodge with custom-made body has returned to its original home in the historic 1901 Fire Tower.
The Great Fire of 1898
Fire tore through the heart of Park City the morning of June 19, 1898. Listen to Park Record editor Sam Raddon report on the fire that led to over $1 million dollars worth of damage and the displacement of 500 local citizens.
The Tozer Gallery offers yet another reason to come back to the Museum again and again. Over 1,000 square feet showcase children’s and guest-curated exhibitions. Thought-provoking national traveling exhibitions feature the best of contemporary study while sharing some facet of Park City’s history and community. To see some of our past exhibits, click here.