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Moab Museum Features Speakers and Exhibits in May
by Moab Museum Staff

This May, the Moab Museum offers a range of speakers for International Heritage Breeds Week and a new temporary exhibition from the Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild, an annual quilt challenge presented in the Museum’s South Gallery.

Flower Power: Delicate Stitchers Quilt Guild

Join Museum staff for a free, public opening to the Annual Delicate Quilt Stitchers Quilt Show on Saturday, May 13 from 5-8 pm. This year’s quilt challenge is entitled ‘Flower Power’ and features floral fabrics and other blooming design elements – as well as a few historic quilts from the Moab Museum’s Collection, which feature flowers as well. Enjoy light refreshments with the quilters themselves, throughout the evening. For the duration of the exhibit, visitors may vote on their favorite designs. The temporary exhibition will be on display through mid-June 2023. 

Putting the Past to Work for Our Future:
International Heritage Breeds Week

Sam Cunningham of Cunnington Farms will present about their herd of Navajo-Churro Sheep, a heritage breed that the farm has raised for many years. A pair of Navajo-Churro sheep will be on the Museum Lawn on Wednesday, May 17. Cunningham will present the deep history and importance of the breed and will have interactive products for guests to experience.

Naomi Wilson & Stephen Schultz will be at Moab Museum with one of their Colonial Spanish Horses from the Sulphur Herd, located in western Iron, Beaver, and Millard counties, Utah, approximately 50 miles west of Minersville in the Indian Peak and Mountain Home mountain ranges. Wilson and Schultz will present the history and significance of this regional heritage breed in programs scheduled at a corral on the Museum Lawn at 11 am & 2 pm on Thursday, May 18.

Matthew Redd of The Nature Conservancy and Project Director Canyonlands Research Center along with Mike Duniway, USGS Research Soil Scientist Ecologist at the Southwest Biological Science Center will present at 11 am and 2 pm on Friday, May 19. Programming will feature photos from Dugout Ranch Criollo Cattle and food on the lawn featuring Criollo Beef raised at Dugout Ranch and prepared by La Dueña Mexican Kitchen. The menu will highlight Carbonada Criolla, Ground Beef, and Pan de Campo.

Temple Grandin is one of the world’s most accomplished and well-known adults with autism and a prominent proponent for the humane treatment of livestock during slaughter. She has a Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Dr. Grandin will speak at Star Hall on Tuesday, May 30 from 6 to 8 pm to share her work with the Moab community. 

Special thanks to attendees and supporters of the Museum’s Annual Membership Gala

Museum board, staff, and volunteers wish to give thanks and acknowledgment to all who joined us for our renewed Annual Membership Gala and made this community event a success, and a special thanks to all financial supporters of the event.
To learn more about Museum membership, programs, and exhibits, and to read the Museum’s blog and explore online archives and collections, please visit • 118 East Center Street, Moab


Livestock Built This City: Walking Tour: Come experience the legacy of Agriculture in the city of “The Far Country.” Join Museum Staff for this 1-hour guided tour of Moab’s Historic Business District. During this 1-mile guided experience, guests will have the opportunity to learn and explore the legacy of some of the men and women who helped establish and build up the City of Moab, Utah through their investments in the community and their civic leadership. This guided tour, led by museum staff, focuses on Moab’s fascinating and seldom told, pre-uranium history, this tour experience delves into the agricultural history of Canyon Country, following the experiences of over a dozen men and women who made a go of it on Indian Creek, creating community, raising livestock and families, who would later help establish the City of Moab, using that same grit and love of community here. Tours depart from the Moab Museum most Thursdays at 10 am, March – October 2023. Tickets: $10 for Members and $20 for General Public (Museum Admission included in ticket price). Call us at (435) 259-7985, stop by the Museum on Center St., or visit for tickets.

To learn more about Museum membership, programs and exhibits, and to read the Museum’s blog and explore online archives and collections, please visit
118 East Center Street, Moab, UT • 435-259-7985

The Museum is pleased to announce a semi-permanent exhibition entitled Spirit & Grit, which has recently opened at the Dead Horse Point State Park visitor center. Spirit & Grit tells the story of settlers who pieced together a hardscrabble living in early Moab, from the 1870s onward. Visitors to Spirit & Grit experience a window into the lives of some of these early settlers through this immersive satellite exhibit.

Spirit & Grit, an extension of stories told at the Moab Museum, was curated by Tara Beresh, Moab Museum’s Curatorial and Collections Manager, in collaboration with the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage (MMFWH) and with assistance from lifelong Moabite and local historian Mark Beeson. Featuring historic photographs, objects, stories, and a life-sized cow camp, the exhibition paints a vibrant portrait of ranch life in the area of Canyonlands at the turn of the twentieth century.

Movie & Western Memorabilia Museum at Red Cliffs Lodge

Indiana Jones PosterRed Cliffs Lodge, on the banks of the mighty Colorado River, is home to the Moab Museum of Film & Western Heritage. The lodge is built on the old George White Ranch, a key location for nine of the big westerns including Rio Grande, Cheyenne Autumn, Ten Who Dared, The Commancheros, and Rio Conchos.

The late George White was founder of the Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission, the longest ongoing film commission in the world.

In the museum one can learn more about film locations, how the sets are built, and how the filming process is managed on nature’s own sound stage. On display in the museum are production photographs, movie posters, autographed scripts, props from the many pictures filmed in the area, and displays about the western ranching heritage. For information, call Red Cliffs Lodge at 435-259-2002.

Rio Grande Through the magnificent landscapes of southeastern Utah, writers have been inspired and stories born here. Zane Grey, the famous western novelist, traveled through the area in 1912. His visit inspired him to write his book Riders of the Purple Sage. The book was made into a movie starring Ed Harris and Amy Madigan, and filmed on locations around Moab.

A partial list of stars that have made movies in Moab
John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Henry Fonda, Lee Marvin,
Rock Hudson, Jimmy Stewart, Richard Boone, Anthony Quinn,
Mickey Rooney, Shirley Temple, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Crystal,
Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman, Bill Murray, Jack Palance, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Ted Danson, Tom Cruise, and many more.

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