OGDEN -- Weber State University's Stewart Library collections department is looking for photographs of Ogden and Historic 25th Street.
A yearlong project to document the history of 25th Street will begin April 13 with a special kickoff at the Ben Lomond Hotel. Community members are encouraged to bring any photos of Ogden and Historic 25th Street dating from the 1800s to the present.
"On that Saturday, people can come by and drop off whatever they have to share with us," said Sarah Langsdon, WSU associate curator. "We would like photos of 25th Street and businesses, but we are also willing to take any photos of Ogden."
Photos can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the hotel, 2510 Washington Blvd. Photos will be scanned, and experts will provide useful preservation tips.
The idea for the project is the result of the lack of a historical record in the collections, Langsdon said. Most of the photographs of the downtown area are pre-World War II, plus a few from the early 1950s. But since then, the area has changed significantly.
"We would like to take those photos and then send out some photographers from our campus to take current photos and compare how it looked then to how it looks now," she said.
The department is also collecting oral histories and invites participation by anyone who is interested in sharing their story of what it was like to live and work on Historic 25th Street.
WSU history students will also research the buildings and personalities that have made the historic street so unique.
"We plan to have another event similar to this one in August," Langsdon said. "Then on April 4, 2014, we will have a big exhibit and opening at the Union Station. Historian Val Holley, who is a national historian, will also have his book, '25th Street Confidential,' available. He is originally from Marriott-Slaterville, but lives in Washington, D.C., now."
Kathy Payne, head of reference and information services at WSU, said the project is a great opportunity for collaboration among faculty members who don't normally get to work together.
"It will also be a chance for the students to get out and be involved in their community, and we're excited about that," she said.
If you are unable to attend the kickoff event and would like to share your photos, call 801-626-6540 or visit http://library.weber.edu/asc/speccoll/default.cfm.