On Saturday, November 9th from 2pm to 3pm, we will have a workshop to help you take care of any collectible military items you may have. Learn the basics of preservation and conservation. Bring any items you have questions about or ask specific questions about your collection.
Last month a local Studebaker Club celebrated Drive Your Studebaker day by visiting the Tooele Valley Museum. They had a private tour before heading out to lunch at a local restaurant. We were lucky to get see their beautiful cars!
The local branch of the Rotary Club did a service project at the museum recently. We had a great time working and eating hotdogs. They were able to get all of our new benches painted and helped us do some cleanup in the military railroad cars.
Another classic but undated scene on the Tooele Valley Railway. One of the two former Butte Anaconda and Pacific locomotives (either #9 or #10) is seen in steam presumably either at or near the smelter. One of the crew members is showing off an oil can being used to lubricate the engine. Sights like this were a daily occurrence, as the railroad had to run 24/7 to maintain a steady supply of workers, ore and fuel to the smelter complex during the height of the steam era.
The Tooele High School band took time off from summer practice this week to perform service at the Tooele Valley Museum. They sure left their mark! Ian Small coordinated this outstanding event for his Eagle Scout project. Band members worked hard in the blaring summer heat to unbury train rails in the park, landscape near our front entry, organize our collection, create detailed floor plans, move many heavy objects, and build 12 benches.
We will use the benches in our newly repurposed military train car so we can show videos to visitors and host more events.
Thank you to the marvelous band for their hard work and to Ian for organizing it for us.
Garrett Pearson completed his Eagle Scout project and kicked off a outdoor project for the museum on Saturday. He removed the grass that had covered some of the rail leading to our rail repair building and added rock between the rails.
The finished project looks fantastic, but it has much more than aesthetic value. Over the years, grass and dirt have slowly covered up some of the railway in the old depot. Preserving the rails that are original to the depot is an important part of keeping the history of the Tooele Valley Railway alive. We plan to continue to pull away grass and fill in the old rails to keep them above ground so visitors can see and follow the tracks.
We had a fantastic time when the Fridays in the Park visited the museum this year! The theme was wizarding adventures, and we all had a magical experience. Thank you to the Parks Department and Library Staff that made it possible