OGDEN — Weber State University’s Stewart Library is inviting 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.
The festival will take place Thursday, May 9, through Saturday, May 11, along the city’s historic 25th Street.
Staff from the library’s Special Collection department will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 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,” Sarah Singh, the head of the department, said in a statement. “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.”Comment on this story
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.