Hello Ogden! My name is Annie Roe, and I’m going to start writing articles on the Union Station blog.
Why? For practice, experience, and fun. Here’s a little background about me.
I’m 13 and I have lived in Ogden my whole life. I love writing and I want to be an author. I’m fairly new to blogging, but I’ve been writing for 6 years, and in June 2015 I went to Washington D.C. for the national level of National History Day for a paper I wrote about Jane Austen.
In addition to writing blog posts, I also get to explore the archives and research Ogden’s past. On the historical side of things, I don’t have much experience except that I just love learning and history has always been interesting to me. I am very excited about this opportunity I have.
I’ve only been a volunteer for a short time, but I can say that it is really cool. I spent several hours browsing the archives and it is incredible. There’s a lot more than you’d except from a first glance. It’s not just old papers and photos. I learned about things I didn’t even know existed in just a short amount of time. I’m glad that I live in a place that has these records about the past.
One of my favorite things to learn about is the stories of the people that lived through history. Sure, facts help you know more, but they can only take you so far. The stories are what really make history rich and entertaining to learn.
I also really enjoy family history, and besides just finding names, I love to read life sketches and see pictures of my ancestors. In Union Station, I’ve already read stories of people and seen the faces of those in Ogden’s past that I’ve only heard names of before. I hope that through this experience, I’ll be able to make the stories more accessible to the people that live here.
Where else in Ogden can you find so much about this city’s past? There is information about the railroad, World War II, Ogden High, and lots more. It is possible to glance into the lives of people who lived years ago and to experience a different time. There’s a lot that I haven’t seen yet and I’m looking forward to not only learning more about the place I live, but also being able to share it with the citizens of Ogden.