Saltair: Utah State History’s First Omeka Exhibit

Melissa Coy, DHA


From its opening day in 1893 until 1930, Saltair operated during a time of major social and cultural changes in the state of Utah. This presentation outlines the goals and challenges of producing State History’s first curated digital exhibit. By creating new digital objects and re-using previously digitized materials, curated exhibits like “Saltair” have the potential to connect academic scholarship with a casual user.


Melissa Coy is an archivist with the Utah Division of State History since 2004. She graduated from Westminster College in 2001 with a B.A. in History, and received an M.A. in American History from the University of Utah in 2004. Melissa’s research interests include Utah’s social and cultural history, and the history of food and the body. When she isn’t studying how the digital world works, Melissa enjoys crocheting, hiking, and watching Parks and Recreation.