OGDEN -- A trip to the bank can now become a trip through Utah's natural history from the beginning of time.
The new Traveling Treasures exhibit "County Collage" will be on display at Zions Bank in Ogden for the next month.
The display, sponsored by the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah, is open to the public and is free to view, said Patti Carpenter, public relations director for the museum.
"This is the 14th year we have been involved in the traveling program with Zions Bank," Carpenter said. "This is a very cool exhibit because it features pieces from every county in Utah. It's a win-win situation for both of us. It's great for us because we have a safe environment to show off our display."
The exhibit will have dozens of Utah's rich resources on display right inside the lobby, said Scott Sluis, Zions Bank vice president and area president for Weber County.
"We're very excited to have this piece of natural history here in our local office," he said. "Zions is very committed to being involved in the community, and this is a great educational piece for children and adults alike."
The exhibit features beautifully crafted wood and cordage snares made by the Fremont people to capture small mammals as well as a tiny northern water shrew that can run across the surface of the water by trapping air bubbles in the stiff hairs on its feet, Carpenter said.
"The exhibit changes themes every two years," Carpenter said. "It has traveled to 143 communities, approximately 19,000 miles, and has reached more than 400,000 Utah residents."
In addition, the ground stone pestles and mano, a type of stone used for grinding, contained in the exhibit offer a glimpse of what life was like for the ancient and historic people who lived in what is now Weber County, Carpenter said. Long, rounded pestles and loaf-shaped manos were common kitchen tools for many of Utah's native peoples, both ancient and historic. The tools were used to break seeds, nuts and pigments into powder.
"We usually have the exhibit in four cases, but this year there is so much to show, we have it in six cases," Carpenter said. "It really shows the amazing history that Utah offers and highlights some of the objects in our state. This is just an incredible opportunity for us to get these collections out to the public."
Sarah George, executive director of the museum, said Utah is an ideal place for scientists to study natural history.
"It is one of the few states that has rock exposures from every period of geologic time, offers remnants of life from ancient lakes and oceans and areas where new dinosaur species are being discovered every year," George said. "And it's all right here in our state. We hope this new exhibit offers a collage of fascinating natural history stories for residents to discover and enjoy."
Sluis said the exhibit will be on display during normal banking hours at the 2302 Washington Blvd. branch office.
"As Utah's oldest bank, we are pleased to support the museum and be a part of this statewide outreach to communities throughout Utah," he said. "We hope the public will come by and look at it, support it, bring their kids, share the history and get to know Zions Bank."