A donation of 258 glass plate images of Brigham City life around 1900 was received by the LDS Church History Department in 1995. Digitized copies of the entire collection are now in possession of the Brigham City Museum-Gallery. Mostly from the collection, the museum now has on display 50 enlarged, notated, and attractively framed views of selected homes and businesses. In each photo, we see families and business owners posed in front of their properties. The Northern Utah Camera Club has joined with the museum by searching and photographing potential matches that provide the public with "yesterday and today' comparisons. The museum welcomes public participation to verify and annotate the matches.
The museum staff and camera club have performed a valuable public service by way of highlighting the historical worth of this relatively unknown record, which provides a rare visualization of early-day Brigham City at the turn of a century. It is thought that as the public becomes aware of what the complete collection provides in terms of local family and community history, further details and insights will come forth.
Feature stories from the Ogden Standard Examiner and the Box Elder News Journal have given a significant boost to promoting public awareness of this intimate look at Brigham City's past (April 16, "GO!" section, "Exhibit features mystery buildings, people"). The excellently prepared "Building History" display closes June 26. Admission is free.
Richard "Dick" Watkins
Salt Lake City