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The Power of Objects

Utah State History Artifacts Collection Digital Exhibit

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Have you ever been in the presence of an artifact and felt transported in time?  If you know their story, artifacts can become a tangible bridge to the past.   They can illustrate resilience in a time of difficulty, represent a significant transformation, or draw upon the complex relationship between mythology and reality.  They might reveal the creativity of the human spirit, or just confirm a previous way of life.  Whatever complex connection you personally may make, artifacts can help illuminate the stories of our collective past in ways words alone cannot.

To promote that connection to the past through objects while also taking advantage of technology, State History experimented with 360° digitization. Here are a few of our favorites from the Utah State History Artifact Collection.

Please click on the images above to explore the artifacts.