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January 2020

“Honoring our Sacred Lands” Lecture presented by Darren Parry

January 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Darren Parry returns to the Education & Collections Center with the lecture Honoring our Sacred Lands on Thursday, January 16th from 5-6 p.m. Ancient tribal cultures have important lessons to teach the rest of the world about how all things are connected and the fact that our very existence is dependent upon this natural world that we seem to be destroying. Darren Parry is the Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation.   Darren serves on the Board of…

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February 2020

The 2019 Holiday Ornament is here!

February 1, 2020 @ 12:00 am
2019 Thaynes Conveyor

This years ornament features the historic Thaynes Conveyor. Stop by the Museum Store today! Find out more here

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Which Way Underground? Lecture by M. Kim McCarter

February 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

From the Jordanelle Special Service District Collection. The Park City Museum and The Friends of Ski Mountain Mining will be hosting a lecture given by Professor M. Kim McCarter called Which Way Underground? on Wednesday, February 5th from 5-6 p.m. at the Education and Collections building located at 2079 Sidewinder Drive.  The Sutro tunnel of Comstock lode fame pioneered construction of tunnels driven to drain and access underground precious metal mines.   This amazing six mile long engineering marvel was completed…

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Lewis and Clark Expedition Lecture by Dorian DeMaio

February 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum will host the History Speaks lecture "The Lewis and Clark Expedition" presented by Dorian DeMaio  on Wednesday, February 12th from 5-6PM at Park City Museum Education &Collections Center located on 2079 Sidewinder Drive.  The Louisiana Purchase and the subsequent Lewis and Clark Expedition forever changed this nation and have captured the imaginations of many.  Retired Park City resident and pilot, Dorian De Maio, enjoys flying his airplane to historic places across the west.  For the past decade,…

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The Transcontinental Railroad in Utah lecture given by Daniel Davis

February 26, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum will host a lecture called The Transcontinental Railroad in Utah given by Daniel Davis on Wednesday, February 26th from 5-6 p.m. at the Park City Museum Education and Collections Center located at 2079 Sidewinder Drive. May 10, 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first North American transcontinental railroad. At a ceremony at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869, the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined and a solid gold railroad spike became the…

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March 2020

A History of Park City’s Railroads given by David Nicholas and Steve Leatham with reception (A members only event)

March 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For Members Only (if you would like to become a member, please contact the Museum) Park City Museum will host a lecture called A History of Park City’s Railroads given by Steve Leatham and David Nicholas on Thursday, March 5th from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Park City Museum Education and Collections Center located at 2079 Sidewinder Drive.  A small reception will follow.  R.S.V.P. is needed for this event.   Please contact Diane Knispel with questions 435-649-7457 ext. 102.…

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“Bawdy Women of the West: The Myths and Realities of Prostitution” Lecture presented by Michael Rutter-POSTPONED!

March 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum will host the History Speaks lecture "Bawdy Women of the West: The Myths and Realities of Prostitution" presented by Michael Rutter on Monday, March 16th from 5-6 p.m. at the Park City Museum Education &Collections Center located at 2079 Sidewinder Drive. Michael Rutter will explore the legends and myths of prostitution in the west.  Behind the makeup and gaudy clothing there were real women living from day to day.  The world’s oldest profession had a poor retirement…

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“A Comparison of Coal and Silver Mining” Lecture presented by Donovan Symonds-POSTPONED

March 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum and the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining will host the History Speaks Lecture: "It’s Dark as a Dungeon and Damp as the Dew, where the dangers are double and the pleasures are few” - a comparison of coal and silver mining, then and now  - presented by Donovan Symonds.  The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25th from 5-6 p.m. at the Park City Museum Education &Collections Center located at 2079 Sidewinder Drive. The lecture will look…

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May 2020

“Railroad Tie Cutting in the High Uintas, Part I” Online Lecture presented by Chris Merritt

May 12, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Get ready for a deep dive into the past with State Historic Preservation Officer, Chris Merritt. Chris is a historic archaeologist who spent years trekking through the High Uintas on the Utah/Wyoming border looking for clues about the early railroad tie cutting industry. In this three part series he will tell you the things you won't learn in history books about the material culture of the industry and the people working in it. Join Merritt for this online Zoom presentation.…

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Utah’s Mining Heritage: You Want to Save that Rusty Stuff? Online Lecture

May 13, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Mining has shaped the State of Utah geographically, demographically, and economically. Thousands of old mines can still be found in Utah’s mountains and canyons, especially in the mountains surrounding Park City. Along with the stories of those who worked and lived there, they bear witness to the hard work and resourcefulness of Utah miners and their families. For a long time, however, the physical remains of mine surface plants, mills, and mine camps were treated as scrap metal, depressed real…

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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Film

May 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Park City Film with Park City Museum is presenting the film Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am on Thursday, May 14th.  Pre-registration for the screening is required. Registrants will receive a link to watch the film for free during a 5-hour window on May 14th (5pm-10pm MT).  A live Q&A with poet, educator and community activist Glenn North will be held on Friday, May 15th at 6pm.  A private link for the discussion will be sent to all registrants. Toni…

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“Railroad Tie Cutting in the High Uintas, Part III” Online Lecture presented by Chris Merritt

May 26, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

State Historic Preservation Officer, Chris Merritt continues his exploration of the tie hacking camps in the high Unitas. After years trekking through the High Uintas on the North Slopes, Chris found many clues about the early railroad tie cutting industry in the area. This presentation is the final part III in his three part series exploring realities you won't learn in history books about the material culture of the industry and the people working in it. Reservations require for this…

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A Brief History of Tom Kearns Virtual Zoom Lecture

May 27, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum will host a virtual Zoom lecture presented by Sandy Brumley called A Brief History of Tom Kearns  on May 27th from 5-6 p.m. MDT Tom Kearns is a hero of the old west: rags-to-riches miner, U.S. Senator, and rail road magnate.  He clearly loved newspapers, garnering his first press mention in 1880 at the age of 18.  He subsequently owned The Salt Lake Tribune with his business partner David Keith.  There is a wealth of information in…

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“Shiny Rock to Silver Bars: A Brief History and Explanation of Milling and Refining in Park City” Lecture NOW ONLINE

May 28, 2020 - July 31, 2020

How were the ores mined in Park City turned into silver, lead or gold bars? Why were they crushed and concentrated? Mining Engineer Donovan Symonds offers practical demonstrations and slides to explain the processes involved in sorting the ores into concentrates and waste rock. Early prospectors used simple sorting methods compared to the complex processes used in the Silver King and California Comstock Mills. The refining process was predominantly conducted in large furnaces in the Salt Lake Valley and a…

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“Thomas Kearns: Rags to Riches Miner” Lecture now available ONLINE

May 28, 2020 - July 31, 2020

Tom Kearns is a hero of the old west, rags-to-riches miner, U.S. Senator, and rail road magnate. He clearly loved newspapers, garnering his first press mention in 1880 at the age of 18. and  subsequently owning The Salt Lake Tribune  There is a wealth of information in period newspapers that provide additional insight into Tom’s history, including previously undiscovered wild-west stories from his youth back in O’Neill, Nebraska. Presented by Sandy Brumley  whose principal qualifications for this Tom Kearns project…

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June 2020

“Park City’s High Railroad” Lecture presented by David Nicholas and Steve Leatham

June 30, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a lecture on the history of Park City’s High Line and the industrial complex it once served. Steve Leatham and David Nicholas will team up once again to explore this vital link to our town’s mining heritage. The railroad spur ran from the Union Pacific Depot to the Ontario Mill and Judge Loading Station. Photographs (past and present), maps, charts and diagrams will return us to a time when the mining industry defined the local economy. Hear…

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July 2020

History Speaks Lecture: “Agriculture in Park City” is NOW ONLINE

July 1, 2020 - August 3, 2020

Join our FIRST Online Lecture - "Agriculture In Park City" Our popular "History Speaks" Lecture Series is back! Join Executive Director Sandra Morrison as she explores Park City's settlers' challenges in living off the land. Compared to the vast corn fields of the Great Plains or the fertile valleys of Central California, Utah's agricultural economy is tiny. Yet reminders of our early agricultural endeavors surround us. From the tiny shed near the corner of Old Ranch Road to the magnificent…

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August 2020

Topaz Internment Camp Zoom Lecture given by Rick Okabe

August 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Park City Museum will host a Zoom lecture given by Rick Okabe called Topaz Internment Camp on Thursday, August 13th from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Please contact education@parkcityhistory.org to make a reservation.   During World War II, over 11,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were taken from their homes in the San Francisco Bay area and were put in a prison camp called Topaz for 3-1/2 years.  Located in central Utah, the camp consisted of 408 wood and tar paper…

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Bonanza Flat Adventure Hike with Guide Mike O’Malley -FULL

August 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Thursday August 20 (HIKE IS FULL!) The 1,350 acres of the Bonanza Flat open space represent unique and sensitive values: scenic, natural, ecological, forest, open space, water quality, watershed, riparian, wildlife habitat, historical, recreational, and educational. It’s also a darn fun place to hike. Come join us and enjoy the scenery, explore the mining history, and understand the more recent efforts to protect this remarkable community asset. The hike is moderate difficulty and takes about 4 hours. For members only. …

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September 2020

Local Royalty – the Nelson Queen Mine Hike with Guide Andrew Cohen (ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!)

September 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Local Royalty - the Nelson Queen Mine with Guide Andrew Cohen (ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!) Wednesday September 16 Did you know that at one time in Park City's mining history there was considerable interest in a mine on the east side of what is now the Jordanelle Reservoir? Join this hike along the Jordanelle trail an up a hidden canyon complete with active beaver ponds to explore the Nelson Queen Mine and discover its unique and interesting story. This…

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Women’s Forgotten Role in the American Fur Trade Zoom Lecture given by Kris Swanson

September 17, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum will host a Zoom Lecture given by Kris Swanson called Women's Forgotten Role in the American Fur Trade on Thursday, September 17th from 5-6 p.m.  Please register for the Zoom lecture by contacting education@parkcityhistory.org. The many ways American Indian women contributed to the success of the North American fur trade are often overlooked and forgotten. We will explore the numerous ways women insured the success of trappers and traders, helping to open the continent for European settlement.…

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Water, Water Everywhere—The Ontario Mine and Its Tunnels Zoom Lecture given by Mike Nelson

September 23, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Water, Water Everywhere—The Ontario Mine and Its Tunnels   Park City Museum and the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History will host a Zoom lecture called Water, Water Everywhere—The Ontario Mine and Its Tunnels given by Mike Nelson, Professor of Mining Engineering from the University of Utah, on Wednesday, September 23 from 5-6 p.m.  Please contact Diane at education@parkcityhistory.org to register for the lecture.   Mike will talk about how mining at the Ontario depended on controlling the water in…

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October 2020

Bawdy Women of the West: The Myths and Realities of Prostitution Zoom Lecture given by Michael Rutter

October 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum will host a Zoom lecture called Bawdy Women of the West: The Myths and Realities of Prostitution given by Michael Rutter on Tuesday, October 20th from 5-6 p.m.   Please register for the lecture by contacting Diane Knispel at education@parkcityhistory.org. Michael Rutter will discuss the legends and myths of prostitution in the west.  Behind the makeup and gaudy clothing there were real women living from day to day.  The world’s oldest profession had a poor retirement plan and…

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November 2020

The Park’s Most Murderous Score Zoom Lecture given by Sandy Brumley and Josh Grotstein

November 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum will host a Zoom lecture called The Park’s Most Murderous Score given by Sandy Brumley and Josh Grotstein on Thursday, November 12 from 5-6 p.m. (Mountain Time).  Registration is required so please contact Diane Knispel at education@parkcityhistory.org. In its earliest days, Park City was truly a wild west town.  Indeed, there were more than 30 murders in and around the town during its first score of years.  Perhaps the most famous of these murders was the shooting…

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Museum Free Day!

November 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free on Friday & Sunday the last week of November (we are closed Thanksgiving Day), and every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed). For more information visit us…

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Museum Free Day!

November 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free on Friday & Sunday the last week of November (we are closed Thanksgiving Day), and every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed). For more information visit us…

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December 2020

Museum Free Day!

December 4, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free on Friday & Sunday the last week of November (we are closed Thanksgiving Day), and every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed). For more information visit us…

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Saving the Mining Structures Lecture given by JR Richards and Clark Martinez

December 4, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History and the Park City Museum would like to invite you to a Zoom lecture about Saving Our Mining Structures given by JR Richards and Clark Martinez on Friday, December 4th from 5-6 p.m.  Please register for the lecture at https://parkcityhistory.org/event/saving-the-mining-structures-lecture-given-by-friends-of-ski-mountain-mining-history/ and a link will be sent to you the week of the talk.   Jonathan Richards (JR) of Calder Richards Engineering has been our structural engineer of choice for many years as we have…

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Museum Free Day!

December 6, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free on Friday & Sunday the last week of November (we are closed Thanksgiving Day), and every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed). For more information visit us…

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From Jacob Riis to StoryCorps: The Documentary Impulse in America Zoom Lecture given by Professor Matthew Basso

December 10, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum will host a Zoom lecture called From Jacob Riis to StoryCorps: The Documentary Impulse in America given by Matthew Basso on Thursday, December 10 from 5-6 p.m.  Please go to https://parkcityhistory.org/event/jacob-riis-zoom-lecture-given-by-matthew-basso/ to signup for the lecture. This talk traces the “documentary impulse,” strongly associated in the U.S. with Jacob Riis, through the twentieth century to our current moment. As it does so it considers two questions central to Riis and those that came after him: what is…

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Museum Free Day!

December 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free on Friday & Sunday the last week of November (we are closed Thanksgiving Day), and every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed). For more information visit us…

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Museum Free Day!

December 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free on Friday & Sunday the last week of November (we are closed Thanksgiving Day), and every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed). For more information visit us…

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Museum Free Day!

December 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Friday, repeating until December 18, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free on Friday & Sunday the last week of November (we are closed Thanksgiving Day), and every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed). For more information visit us…

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Museum Free Day!

December 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free on Friday & Sunday the last week of November (we are closed Thanksgiving Day), and every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed). For more information visit us…

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Museum Free Day!

December 23, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed), plus a few extra days! For more information visit us at www.parkcityhistory.org or call us at (435) 649-7457 ext.…

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Museum Free Day!

December 24, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed), plus a few extra days! For more information visit us at www.parkcityhistory.org or call us at (435) 649-7457 ext.…

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Museum Free Day!

December 26, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed), plus a few extra days! For more information visit us at www.parkcityhistory.org or call us at (435) 649-7457 ext.…

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Museum Free Day!

December 27, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until December 27, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free on Friday & Sunday the last week of November (we are closed Thanksgiving Day), and every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed). For more information visit us…

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Museum Free Day!

December 31, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Thursday, repeating until December 31, 2020

Thanks to a grant from the State of Utah, Arts & Heritage Division, admission is FREE on select days for you and your family to enjoy our world class museum, including our new traveling exhibit: Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives.  Join us Free every Friday and Sunday in December (except Friday, December 25 - we will be closed), plus a few extra days! For more information visit us at www.parkcityhistory.org or call us at (435) 649-7457 ext.…

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January 2021

Daly West Lecture given by Brian Buck

January 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Park City Museum and the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History will present a Zoom lecture called John J. Daly and the Daly-West Mine given by Brian Buck on Wednesday, January 6th from 5-6 p.m.  Please register for the lecture https://parkcityhistory.org/event/daly-west-lecture-given-by-brian-buck/ and a link will be sent to you the week of the lecture.   Brian Buck will talk about the career of John Daly and his involvement with the early mining development in the Park City area.  He will…

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