WSU Stewart Library Seeks Railroad Stories

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University Stewart Library Special Collections invites the public to share their railroad memories at the Ogden Heritage Festival as part of the Golden Spike celebration for the 150th anniversary the transcontinental railroad.

WSU library staff will be on hand May 9-11 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to record oral histories and scan photographs for visitors.

“Oral history is an important part of what we do in Special Collections,” said Sarah Singh, head of Special Collections. “We work to gather as many memories and stories as we can, and this is an exciting time to think about the impact the railroad has had on our lives.”

Visitors to the Special Collections’ booth will be able to share any stories or photos they have of railroad work or train travel. They can also share memorabilia and memories of Ogden’s Union Station or of Ogden in general. Staff members will scan the images to add to the collection then return them to owners.

“The railroad is an integral part of Ogden’s history,” Singh said. “We’re excited to partner with the Ogden Union Station to preserve these stories from our diverse community.”

Singh added that all the information gathered will be used in the upcoming celebration of Union Station’s 100th anniversary.

Special Collections documents the history of Weber and Davis counties through oral histories, photographs and other records. For more information about Special Collections, visit specialcollections@weber.edu or call 801-626-6540.

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Contact:

Sarah Singh, WSU Special Collections curator
801-626-6337 • ssingh@weber.edu

Author:

Melissa Francis, WSU Special Collections coordinator
801-626-7235 • melissajohnson1@weber.edu