October 31, 2022

USU's Bringing War Home Roadshow Visits Moab


Utah State University’s Bringing War Home project recently hosted a roadshow at the USU Moab Center on Oct. 22. The event resulted in the chance to archive an additional 49 objects and five oral histories.

Bringing War Home is a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded project under the direction of CHaSS faculty, Molly Cannon, assistant professor of anthropology and director of the Mountain West Center for Regional Studies; and Susan Grayzel, professor of history. Hosting roadshows throughout the state of Utah, the Bringing War Home project invites military and civilian community members to share wartime objects and personal stories.

“We might have a family memento that originated in France or Laos but no way of placing this object in context,” says project Co-Director Grayzel. “Through our project, we aim to provide students, veterans, military family members and the general public with an opportunity to gain access to the tools to contextualize, preserve and analyze these objects and the stories that surround them.”

Utah Public Radio is partnering with the project to record stories from military veterans and their families, which will be housed in a digital archive with USU Libraries for the benefit of future generations.

USU alumni and community members are invited to share their personal stories and war-related artifacts at the upcoming roadshow in Wendover. This event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Historic Wendover Airfield Museum.

Located in the outdoor recreation paradise of Moab and boasting one of the greenest buildings on any USU campus, Utah State University Moab offers students the personalized attention and small class sizes of a small-town college with the resources of a large university. With programs such as Nursing, Elementary Education, Recreation Resource Management and Social Work, technical education in Health Professions, Automotive and Business, and degree options ranging from associate to doctorate degrees, USU Moab offers programs that help fuel local economies and empower individuals and their communities. Learn more at moab.usu.edu.

Video by Taylor Emerson, Digital Journalist, University Marketing & Communications

Susan Grayzel
Department of History

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