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Business at the Crossroads
Oral History and Photography Project

Project Description

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.


View of 25th Street from the Union Station



Oral History Interviews

We invite the community to share with us memories and stories of 25th Street. If you or someone you know has ever lived or worked on 25th Street, please fill out this short questionnaire in one of two ways:

Fill out the questionnaire online


Download the pdf version (Questionnaire), fill it out, and mail to:

WSU Stewart Library

Special Collections

2901 University Circle

Ogden, UT  84408-2901


Once your questionnaire is completed it will be reviewed by Special Collections staff and we will contact you for further information.

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. Plese continue to visit this site for more information.


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 Stree. 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 exhbit opening next spring. It will then be our hope to expand the photography project further into the downtown area, but in the meantime, we're asking the community to share with us your historical images of downtown through a series of Ogden History Days.

The first Ogden History Day was help April 13th at the Ben Lomond Suites. The public was invited to bring their photographs and shaire their stories with Special Collections staff, who scanned nearly 150 images that day. (Click HERE to see some of the photos scanned that day.)

The next Ogden History day will be held August 17th, again at the Ben Lomond Suites. Watch for more information was the event draws closer.



Faculty Advisors and Community Partners

We are please to work with the following faculty advisors on the Business at the Crossroads project:

We are also pleased to join with the following community partners:

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.


Vist this website for more updates about our 25th Street Project


Updated October 9, 2015 . Please send questions or comments to Sarah Singh, Associate Curator of Special Collections

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