Hyrum City Museum to host “Irrigation and Recreation: The Hyrum Dam at Work” presentation on April 21

WPA workers building the original Hyrum Dam spillway in the late 1930s.

The Hyrum City Museum’s ongoing Smithsonian Exhibition “examines the strength and spirit of American workers through archival images, compelling videos and fascinating interviews.”  On display March 25-May 13, the traveling exhibit reminds Utah that “we aren’t the Beehive state for nothing,” emphasizing the importance of work as a key component of Utah’s social identity.

Hyrum City Museum Director Jami Van Huss said the museum has curated two companion exhibits to complement the Smithsonian display, each of them illustrating work performed in Hyrum throughout the city’s history. These exhibits, entitled “Tradition and Innovation: Working Together in Hyrum” and “Work Worth Doing” include a variety of community activities, each of them free of charge and open to the public.

Van Huss is particularly excited about this week’s presentation, taking place from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in the Hyrum City Council Chambers. The discussion is themed “Irrigation and Recreation: The Hyrum Dam at Work” and will be led by Hyrum State Park Ranger Chris Bradshaw and Hyrum Dam Irrigation Tender Kirt Lindley. Bradshaw and Lindley will address the work required to provide irrigation services and recreation opportunities at the Hyrum Dam and Reservoir. Labor Historian Karen Senaga, a post-doctoral teaching fellow at USU, will join the conversation to provide a brief history of the dam.

The Hyrum City Council Chambers is located at 60 W. Main in Hyrum. More information about “The Way We Worked” and its accompanying local exhibits is available at <a href=”http://www.hyrumcitymuseum.org/”>www.hyrumcitymuseum.org</a>. 

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