Spotlight on 25th

May 1, 2014 In: Uncategorized Comments (None)

Weber State University Stewart Library Special Collections presents 25th: The Street that Never Slept, a new exhibit about Ogden’s notorious street.

Opening at the Union Station’s Gallery 51, the exhibit features photographs from the library’s collection of historical images as well as new photographs by WSU photography students.Rounding out the exhibit are excerpts from oral history interviews with men and woman who have lived and worked on 25th Street. The exhibit is now touring and is available at locations in Weber County on a monthly basis.

Sarah Langsdon, associate curator of Special Collections, says that the exhibit is the culmination of the year-long Business at the Crossroads project, designed to document the history of 25th Street after World War II.“So little of that time has been documented and we really wanted to capture the spirit and vibrancy of 25th Street, both then and now,” Langsdon says.Langsdon and her staff received a grant last year from the Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation to collaborate with faculty and students from multiple departments. History students completed internships in Special Collections, researching buildings and events, and conducting oral history interviews. Lorrie Rands was one of those students.

“It has been such an incredible opportunity to meet these people and listen to their stories,” Rands says. “Some of their stories are funny, some are sad, and some even touch on the more dangerous aspects of 25th Street, but I think people will love reading all of them.”

Photography students also worked on the project, documenting the evolution of 25th Street. Joshua Winegar, assistant professor of photography, worked as their mentor as they took portraits of current business owners and recreated historical images. He says the project was a chance for his students to be a part of Ogden’s history.

Other faculty who have worked on the project include Dr. Kathy Payne, associate professor of library science; Dr. Kathryn MacKay, professor of history; and Dr. Pepper Glass, assistant professor of sociology.

This project was also sponsored by a grant from the Utah Division of State History and the Utah Humanities Council, and by the Friends of the Stewart Library. For more information about the exhibit please visit library.weber.edu/25thstreet.

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