Business at the Crossroads

Business at the Crossroads is a project to collect oral histories, photographs, and artifacts related to changes in the Ogden business district since World War II. Special Collections will spend the summer of 2013 focusing on two aspects of the project: oral history interviews with community members who have lived and worked on 25th Street, and historical rephotography of 25th Street buildings.

Oral History Interviews

We invite the community to share with us memories and stories of 25th Street. While our oral histories are currently focused on 25th Street, we will expand the project in the fall to include other downtown areas, with a particular emphasis on Hispanic business owners. 

Historical Rephotography

Pulling from the Weber County Assessor's Photograph Collection, and from the Union Station Library, six photography students will recreate historical images of 25th Street. They will also photo-document the men and women currently working on 25th Street through a series of portraits. These "then-and-now" images will become the foundation of our exhibit opening next spring.

Faculty Advisors and Community Partners

We are please to work with the following faculty advisors on the Business at the Crossroads project:
Dr. Kathy Payne Head of Reference & Information Services, Stewart Library
Dr. Kathryn MacKay Professor of History
Joshua Winegar Assistant Professor of Photography
Dr. Pepper Glass Assistant Professor of Sociology

We are also pleased to join with the following community partners:
Ogden Union Station
Historic 25th Street Association
Ogden Weber Chamber of Commerce

Business at the Crossroads has been generously funded by a Faculty Collaboration Award from the Hemngway Faculty Development Trust. This program has also received funding from the Utah Humanities Council and Utah State History.