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Moab Museum Gala
by Moab Museum Staff
Theodore Roosevelt

The Moab Museum rings in spring with programs, events, and a new special exhibit all centered around the community’s vibrant, multifaceted history. This April, the Museum team invites you to attend our Annual Membership Gala: a celebration of the Moab Museum community with special guest programming from world-renowned Teddy Roosevelt reprisor, Joe Weigand. The Museum’s new special exhibition A Grand Heritage: Stories from the Oral History Archive, is now on display, featuring oral histories from 1880-1920, and is accompanied by a Recording Stories workshop later in the month.

Teddy Roosevelt Returns to Southeast Utah at the Annual Membership Gala

Museum Members browse the Grand Heritage exhibit at the Opening Reception hosted earlier in March of this year.

Join us for an evening celebration of the Moab Museum community and the return of Col. Theodore Roosevelt to southeast Utah. Enjoy a buffet-style meal provided by Ken Moody, Moab Private Chef, the Teddy Roosevelt Show, and a live and silent auction on Wednesday, April 19th from 6 to 8:30 pm at the Grand Center.

In 1913, Roosevelt paid a visit to the Moab area as part of a sightseeing and hunting trip to the Grand Canyon and southern Utah. As the local newspaper reported, “Col. Theodore Roosevelt, his sons Archibald and Quentin, and his nephew, Nicholas Roosevelt, plan to pay a visit to the famous natural bridges of San Juan country early next month” (Times-Independent, July 18, 1913). One hundred ten years later Col. Roosevelt, reprised by Joe Wiegand, returns for the Moab Museum’s Annual Membership Gala. The Moab community is warmly invited to join us, and to help make Museum programming, special events, and exhibitions possible in the coming year.

The Moab Museum Shares and Builds upon Community History through a New Special Exhibit and Recording Stories Workshops
A Grand Heritage: Stories from the Oral History Archive is now on display in the Moab Museum’s South Gallery. The exhibit offers guests the opportunity to view oral and written histories from Moabites between 1880 and 1920. Stop by to explore firsthand accounts of Moab’s past and reflect on the history and future of the Moab Valley. The exhibit will be on display through the end of April. 

Featuring meteorological equipment from the first weather forecaster in the Moab Valley, A Grand Heritage shares stories and artifacts from some of the first Moab settlers, 1880-1920.

Stories and oral histories are some of the richest and most valuable resources in any museum’s Collection. They can also be a treasured part of a family’s keepsakes. If you are interested in learning about collecting oral histories or recording audio of friends, family, or community members, we invite you to join us for a Recording Stories workshop! In this hour-long session, we will introduce the basics of the oral history collection, share some interview tips for recording compelling stories, and provide examples from the Museum’s Oral History Collection.

This free, hour-long introductory workshop will be held at the Moab Museum on Wednesday, March 29th, and Wednesday, April 26th, both from 5-6 pm. Registration is not required.

To learn more about Museum membership, programs, and exhibits, and to read the Museum’s blog and explore online archives and collections, please visit Visit us at 118 East Center Street, Moab. or call 435-259-7985.


Livestock Built This City: Walking Tour: Come experience the legacy of Agriculture in the city of “The Far Country.” Join Museum Staff for this 1-hour guided tour of Moab’s Historic Business District. During this 1-mile guided experience, guests will have the opportunity to learn and explore the legacy of some of the men and women who helped establish and build up the City of Moab, Utah through their investments in the community and their civic leadership. This guided tour, led by museum staff, focuses on Moab’s fascinating and seldom told, pre-uranium history, this tour experience delves into the agricultural history of Canyon Country, following the experiences of over a dozen men and women who made a go of it on Indian Creek, creating community, raising livestock and families, who would later help establish the City of Moab, using that same grit and love of community here. Tours depart from the Moab Museum most Thursdays at 10 am, March – October 2023. Tickets: $10 for Members and $20 for General Public (Museum Admission included in ticket price). Call us at (435) 259-7985, stop by the Museum on Center St., or visit for tickets.

To learn more about Museum membership, programs and exhibits, and to read the Museum’s blog and explore online archives and collections, please visit
118 East Center Street, Moab, UT • 435-259-7985

The Museum is pleased to announce a semi-permanent exhibition entitled Spirit & Grit, which has recently opened at the Dead Horse Point State Park visitor center. Spirit & Grit tells the story of settlers who pieced together a hardscrabble living in early Moab, from the 1870s onward. Visitors to Spirit & Grit experience a window into the lives of some of these early settlers through this immersive satellite exhibit.

Spirit & Grit, an extension of stories told at the Moab Museum, was curated by Tara Beresh, Moab Museum’s Curatorial and Collections Manager, in collaboration with the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage (MMFWH) and with assistance from lifelong Moabite and local historian Mark Beeson. Featuring historic photographs, objects, stories, and a life-sized cow camp, the exhibition paints a vibrant portrait of ranch life in the area of Canyonlands at the turn of the twentieth century.

Movie & Western Memorabilia Museum at Red Cliffs Lodge

Indiana Jones PosterRed Cliffs Lodge, on the banks of the mighty Colorado River, is home to the Moab Museum of Film & Western Heritage. The lodge is built on the old George White Ranch, a key location for nine of the big westerns including Rio Grande, Cheyenne Autumn, Ten Who Dared, The Commancheros, and Rio Conchos.

The late George White was founder of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, the longest ongoing film commission in the world.

In the museum one can learn more about film locations, how the sets are built, and how the filming process is managed on nature’s own sound stage. On display in the museum are production photographs, movie posters, autographed scripts, props from the many pictures filmed in the area, and displays about the western ranching heritage. For information, call Red Cliffs Lodge at 435-259-2002.

Rio Grande Through the magnificent landscapes of southeastern Utah, writers have been inspired and stories born here. Zane Grey, the famous western novelist, traveled through the area in 1912. His visit inspired him to write his book Riders of the Purple Sage. The book was made into a movie starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, and filmed on locations around Moab.

A partial list of stars that have made movies in Moab
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Henry Fonda, Lee Marvin,
Rock Hudson, Jimmy Stewart, Richard Boone, Anthony Quinn,
Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Crystal,
Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Jack Palance, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Ted Danson, Tom Cruise, and many more.

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