Museums

Bruce Perry examines his dad’s camera Cameras are time machines, especially the camera bought 99 years ago by Bruce Perry’s dad.   Talk about a window to the past. And, miracle of miracles, we have the actual negatives that camera produced.   Wow.   Bruce Perry, Roy, grabbed me at the recent opening of the […]

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Bill Salerno, Ogden architect and patron of the arts, died Monday, and we at Union Station will particularly miss him. Bill only served a year on the Union Station Foundation’s board of directors, but Foundation Executive Director Roberta Beverly said he was a long-time advocate, supporter and donor to the station. “He was just committed […]

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I told the lovely Dr. Carla Trentelman that one of the biggest discoveries I’m making while digging through Union Station’s archives is how easy it is for stuff to get lost even in a museum. “I really understand how a long lost work by Van Gogh or Michelangelo or Titian can turn up sitting on […]

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  With Valentine’s Day only weeks away, I thought it would be fun to peek into one of the more interesting collections I’ve found in Union Station’s archive: The Ruth Myers Valentines. I’m still trying to figure out more who Ruth is, or was.  She was Ruth Myers Shrider, who married D.O. Schrider and died […]

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Came into the Union Station archive this morning to find Chief Archivist Lee Witten almost drooling over a pile of old books, photos and railroad gear that he was lovingly sorting out on the table.  All of it was donated to the archives by Donna Forbes, Midvale, whose dad started as a telegrapher for the […]

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Union Station’s business manager Tracy Ehrig was shepherding some folks with a TV camera around the grand lobby when I wandered in to work this morning. Turns out they are from ABC-7 in Los Angeles filming a segment for the “Eye on LA” show. Tina Malave, the reporter, said the show is normally aimed at foodies in […]

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Day after Christmas always finds me a bit tired, but in a good way. All the excitement and bustle leaves one’s ears full and mind overwhelmed. Clearing up the dirty dishes, mounds of wrappings and piles of unsorted gifts provides a bit of busy-work, but then what? I came down to Union Station. We are […]

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One of the two boxes Effie Hopkins was a farmer’s wife who lived in North Ogden with her husband, Nephi, in the 1930s on up.   Farm life was busy, but not all the time. There was no TV in the 30s, and she filled her spare time by clipping stuff out of the newspaper. […]

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As I told you recently, I’m going through a huge pile of newspaper clippings donated to Union Station’s library by the family of Effie Hopkins, a farm wife from North Ogden, whose interests were very broad.   Movie stars, local weddings and funerals, cartoons, random news events and sewing and cooking advice filled two large […]

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Love this story in today’s S-E (click) about a couple of shoplifters who got busted by the owners of Sock Monkey’n Around antiques and the KoKoMo Lounge.   Picture of Cindy Simone, cops and perps in today’s S-E I tend to agree with the cops that a citizens’ arrest is a dicey thing, but on the other […]

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