University to host Olympic remembrance exhibition

by Ryly Larrinaga

SALT LAKE CITY – In commemoration of the 2002 Olympic Games, the Utah Ski Archives at the J. Willard Marriott Library will host the Olympic Experience Exhibition.

The exhibit will showcase over 4,000 archived photographs and other documentation of the University community’s experience with the 2002 Olympic games and events.

With both opening and closing ceremonies having taken place at the Rice-Eccles Stadium, the university campus served as a central hub of the 2002 Olympics. Additionally, the Olympic Village, which now houses university students, lodged Olympic athletes.

However, the Special Collections Department would like to expand their collection and has asked that anyone in the university community – volunteers, event spectators or those with photos of the campus and the city – to donate artifacts they might have from their experience with the Olympics.

“We’d love to see more donations from the public,” said Roy Webb, multimedia archivist at the library. “It is through individuals that we are able to archive historic collections for future generations.”

Although it has been 10 years since Salt Lake City hosted the Olympics, the 2002 events can be assessable to future generations if the public shares their individual experiences by contributing photos or other documentation to the Utah Ski Archives.

Free and open to the public, the exhibit will be held February 1-29 in the Special Collections Reading Room on the fourth floor.