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Utah Museums Advocacy Day on the Hill: First Timer Report

Saturday, March 7, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heidi Smart
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The museum culture is new to me.  I joined the Alf Engen Ski Museum staff this past October and have been running ever since!  What a great experience to be part of preserving history in the State of Utah. 

Utah Museums Advocacy Day seemed like a perfect opportunity to meet my House and Senate Representatives as well as various museum staffers from around the State. 

After setting up my booth, I was quickly swept into a conference room for orientation.  The schedule for the day was reviewed as well as the protocol for meeting with our House and Senate Representatives.  We were provided green and blue sheets of paper that needed to be filled out in order to speak with our Representatives.  After orientation, we moved to the Senate gallery where our group was introduced, then to the House gallery for the same.  At the designated time, we turned in our green sheets to a “green coat” (there are men dressed in green coats who take your completed sheets and deliver them to your Representative). We mingled in the hall, waiting to talk our Representative.  A little later in the morning, the same protocol was followed with the blue sheet, to meet our Senator.

There was time during the day to visit other booths.  I met people from Green River to Ogden.  I watched a woman spin yarn at the booth next to me, held a worm and learned about spiders at another.  The booth across from me displayed delicately handcrafted flowers made of shells gathered in the west desert many years ago.  Many of us exchanged business cards, shared information and encouraged visits to our museums.    

I personally did not have much luck meeting my Representatives that day, though I am still encouraged.  The day provided me with the opportunity to deliver hand written messages thanking them for their continued support, reminding them of our museums existence. 

Heidi Smart has lived in Summit County since 1983 and is currently the Operations Manager at the Alf Engen Ski Museum located at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah.

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