A solid silver saddle and fancy serving pieces will be part of a $1.5 million exhibit of silver objects July 19 through Oct. 7 at the Utah State Historical Society.
It is part of "Silver in the Golden State," a traveling exhibit that tells the history of silver in California through photographs, artifacts, maps and other materials.Also included in the exhibit, organized by the Oakland Museum and probably the most expensive display ever held in Utah, are silverware and trophies, said John S. McCormick, society historian.
He said a second exhibit, "Silver in the Beehive State," to be displayed at the same time and dates, also will include photos, maps, mining company stocks and old mining machinery.
About 70 silver objects that have some connection with Utah history will be shown. The Utah display will include trophies Utahns won about 1900 at national irrigation congresses, a silver trowel used to lay the cornerstone of the Lehi LDS Tabernacle in 1901, a silver mug that freighter and stagecoach operator Ben Holliday gave to Brigham Young in 1867 and a silver chalice used for Holy Communion at the Greek Orthodox Church in Price.
The exhibits will be open every day except Tuesday. On Monday and Saturday, hours will be noon to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 to 8; and 2 to 8 Sunday. Admission for Historical Society members are $3 for adults; $1.50, children; and $7.50 for a family.
Non-members are $4 for adults; $2, children; and $10, a family. Large groups may schedule tour times by calling Craig Fuller or Wreatha Witte, 533-7037.
Exhibit catalogs will be available for each display.