Sunday, October 30, 2011

From the Salt Lake Tribune

Historians Seeking Utah Law Enforcement Memorabilia State historians are launching an effort to collect law enforcement memorabilia Utahans might have stored away. It’s important to save our law enforcement history because its something being lost every second,” said Melissa Coy Ferguson, the manuscripts curator with the Utah State Historical Society. She said many law enforcement journals, booking documents or other old items of interest are often tossed because people or agencies don’t know what else to do with them. Some are tucked away in attics or garages. Several families do not understand what they have. Any items donated will be stored and protected for future generations. Everything will be available to the public upon request to study or look at in the state archives. The Salt Lake City police and fire departments are also looking for any historical items involving people who served in either agency so they can be displayed in a museum to be housed in the new Public Safety Building slated to open in 2013. It is hard to part with your family’s memorabilia. Those with donations are asked to call the Salt Lake City police at 801-799-3000 and ask for Mike Ross. Anyone with any other items to donate to the state are asked to call Melissa Coy Ferguson at 801-533-3550. Remember to protect those items of historical value and consider donating to a worthy cause when the time comes. Ensure the items are protected properly at all times. What items are stored in your attic or garage that could be shared? Always be aware of what items are in your possession; ensure they are itemized. (Thanks to Dee Hert for sharing this article with us.)

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