WSU interns seek historical Davis County photos for project

May 1 2012 - 8:22pm

FARMINGTON -- Two Weber State University interns are looking for missing pieces so they can complete a chronological history of the county and its elected leaders.

The chronology will be part of a display in the $16 million county administrative building now under construction.

Devon Tarantino, a Layton resident who is attending WSU so she can become a history teacher, and Rick Kelson, a Salt Lake City resident who is a WSU graduate with a degree in history, are asking for the public's help with the project.

The two were approached by a WSU professor who had been asked by a county official to recommend two students to do the work, Tarantino said.

"It is definitely going to be a huge project," she said.

County officials hope the project will be completed by August, as the three-story county administrative office building is scheduled for completion this fall.

Tarantino said both she and Kelson see taking on such a task as an opportunity.

Putting the biographical information and photos together will be challenging, especially because 221 people have been elected to county positions since the county was established in 1852, she said.

"The main thing is finding the portraits," Kelson said.

Kelson and Tarantino, introduced to the Davis County Commission at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, also expressed a desire to collect good-quality historical photos of county buildings, events, the fair, parades and any other events that helped shape the county.

"This project will culminate at about the same time we move into the new building," said Commissioner Louenda Downs.

Click here to access the list of former county officials, then click on "Davis County History Project."

"We want to collect the history while it is relatively fresh," Downs said.

Anyone who has information or photos that might help with the project is encouraged to call Kelson at 801-391-7739; Tarantino at 801-928-8230; or the commission office at 801-451-3200.

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