The Smithsonian in Utah: Journey Stories

IndiansTravelingcopyWe are proud to announce “Journey Stories,” a Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition presented by the Smithsonian Institution and the Utah Humanities Council, in collaboration with five communities statewide.

Over the next year, “Journey Stories” will travel to Moab, Vernal, West Valley City, Ephraim, and Brigham City. The exhibition offers these communities access to the Smithsonian, as well as the opportunity to collect and showcase their own important stories. Each host site will develop a local companion exhibit and related activities to complement the national exhibition – family activities, workshops, lectures, personal stories and oral histories, and conversations about the concept of mobility and how it impacts our lives.

Megan van Frank, History and Museums Program Officer at Utah Humanities, is coordinating the exhibition tour in Utah. She hopes that, “visitors to the exhibition will enjoy learning about American history from the viewpoint of mobility, and come away with a sense of what it was like – and is like – to be mobile, whether that’s voluntarily or involuntarily. The concept of mobility is broader than simply getting from point A to point B – it often speaks to life-changing decisions that affect generations and transform communities. The exhibition,” she continues, “is an unparalleled opportunity for Utahns to tell their own journey stories and participate in a nationwide conversation about mobility in America.”

Photo: Indians Traveling, watercolor by Seth Eastman, The W. Duncan
MacMillan Foundation.

For more information on this tour, visit our Journey Stories page. For information on related programs we offer, vist our Center for Community Heritage.

Visit our Ideas in Action page for more stories about how our work in the humanities is improving communities across the state.

"Journey Stories" has been made possible in Utah by Utah Humanities. The exhibit is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.