On Monday, July 11 the Park City Museum broke ground for their new Education and Collections Center in Prospector Square. Speeches given by Utah's First Lady Jeaneete Herbert, Park City Mayor Jack Thomas and Park City Museum Executive Director Sandra Morrison were part of the ceremony.
The museum will construct a two-story building, designed by REA Architecture in Salt Lake City and will house not only the artifcats that aren't currently on display at the museum's Main Street home, but also provide a space for workshops and other history-centered activities.
"This facility will be the permanent home to the artifacts and historic relics that are so important to Park City’s past, so generations can enjoy them and their significance forever,” said Park City Museum Board of Trustees Noah Levine, during his opening statements. “We’ll offer educational programs that will literally touch the lives of thousands of kids in the state of Utah.”
According to Sandra Morrison, the Park City Museum’s executive director, a world of opportunity has opened up to Park City with this building.
“We can imagine [students] putting on white gloves to read the Book of the Dead, that are all the names of the people who are buried in the Park City Cemetery, or touch the Silver Queen’s beaded silk dresses,” she said. “I’m looking right now at Brad Westwood, who is director of the Division of State History, and he and I have been talking about hosting workshops for museum professionals across the state. We can also open those same workshops to locals and second homeowners. And you, too, can learn what to do with grandma’s wedding dress to preserve it.”
“This center will be an example for other small museums in the Intermountain West,” she said. “It will be a new model that they can replicate as well. It’s a bright future for us, Park City’s history and museums in the great state of Utah.”
Construction on the Park City Museum’s Education and Collections Center will be completed in about one year, and the total project will cost about $2 million, according to Morrison.