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Bootlegger Ball - Annual Conference Opening Reception

Friday, September 30, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Welcome to Ogden! We are a town of wonderful history and exciting stories! This year the UMA Conference is celebrating making connections and local history. 


Ogden Union Station Museums PictureAt the Union Station Museums, we are proud of where we came from and the connections that will take us forward.  For the opening reception we are stepping back into the Roarin’ 20’s! Our Bootlegger Ball will transport you back into the world of ragtime music, flappers, and bootleggers. 


Although Ogden’s 25th Street is a quiet street of boutiques and restaurants today, back in the 1920’s it was known for its rough and tumble character. Crime boss Al Capone commented in the 1920's that Ogden was too wild a town for him. From 1917 to 1933, Ogden thrived with bootleggers and speakeasies. A series of tunnels were dug from Union Station to the Ben Lomond Hotel, and crime occurred both under and above ground as liquor and gambling played a central role in 25th Street’s economy.


Because of our local history Ogden is a great place to visit and to learn about.  The UMA Annual Conference is a great venue to learn how to capture your local history and share it with your visitors. From creating oral histories, to writing grants to bring in new and exciting exhibits – the UMA Conference is the place to learn it all! And it starts with the exciting opening reception at the Union Station Museums! After visiting the four museums -- The Utah State Railroad Museum, the John M. Browning Firearms Museum, the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum, and the Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum -- enjoy a special exhibit on the 1920’s in Ogden, food, and music. Following the reception there will be the Small Group Dinner Meetups where small groups of your museum peers will get together to eat and network!


This will be a fun and exciting evening that you don’t want to miss! The reception will be from 5:30-6:30 with the small group dinner meetups immediately following. 

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