Smithsonian's JOURNEY STORIES Exhibition Travels to Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 9/13-10/24

Journey Stories is a traveling Smithsonian exhibition that explores how migration and transportation built our nation, how it has changed us, and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way.

Complementing the exhibit is Nation of Immigrants, curated by artist Namon Bills. Nation of Immigrants is an art exhibition featuring the works of 25 local artists. Each piece reflects or responds to the story of an immigrant, accompanied by a photograph and story.

The exhibit will be on view September 13 - September 24, 2014; Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., or by arrangement. Opening Reception: September 15, 6 - 8 p.m.

Special Event: September 15, 8-9 p.m. Utah's Repertory Dance Theatre presentsJourneys, a collection of dramatized dances inspired by oral histories that tell the stories of families and their journeys to Utah. Guest performances by select Cultural Center ethnic dance partner groups. Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 West 3100 South, West Valley City, Utah.

Journey stories are tales of how we, and our ancestors, came to America. From Native Americans to new American citizens--regardless of our ethnic or racial background--everyone has a story to tell. Our history is filled with stories of people leaving behind everything to reach a new life in another state, on another continent, or even accross and ocean. The reasons behind those decisions are myriad. Many chose to move, searching for something better in a new land. Others had no choice, like enslaved Africans captured and relocated to a strange land and bravely asserting their own cultures or like Native Americans already here, who were often pushed aside by newcomers. This migration led to the development of transportation technology largely inspired by the human drive for freedom.

For more information about Journey Stories, click here. For information on upcoming exhibits or events at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, call 801-965-5100 or visit us online here, "like" us on Facebook here, or follow us on Twitter here.

Journey Stories has been made possible in West Valley City by the Utah Humanities Council. Journey Stories is part of the Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

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