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Year of Water Exhibit Reception and Gallery Talk at USU

Thursday, Sep. 17, 2015

water irrigation in historical photo from USU's photo collection archives

From USU's historical photo collection, USU students examine an irrigation flume, ca. 1900. A variety of images can be seen at the Merrill-Cazier Library in a "Year of Water" exhibit through Nov. 6.

USU's Utah Water Research Laboratory under construction in 1964

The Utah Water Research Laboratory under construction, 1964.

USU international students at irrigation engineering site

USU international students from an irrigation engineering course, ca. 1960.

Just as water is often referred to as the “life’s blood” of Utah, so too has it been the “life’s work” of many at Utah State University. Particularly, as it related to the science of irrigation, water became of foremost importance when the territory established USU as the Agricultural College of Utah in 1888.

Today, USU continues as a leader in bringing an interdisciplinary approach to water studies. More than 90 faculty members from departments in six of USU’s academic colleges are currently involved in water research, teaching and extension. Now, as then, water remains the life’s work of many at USU; even as it remains the life’s blood of Utah.

In recognition of these efforts and the 2015 “Year of Water” being observed at the university, the USU Libraries will host an exhibit detailing the rich history and contribution of USU’s water researchers. Organized by curators Dan Davis and Bob Parson from Special Collections and Archives with additional assistance, the exhibit is open Sept. 12 through Nov. 6 in the atrium area of the Merrill-Cazier Library on USU’s Logan campus.

An opening reception and gallery talk are Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the library. A gallery talk will be presented by University Archivist Bob Parson, who oversees the acquisition, organization and care of Utah State University’s permanent, historic record. His areas of emphasis include state and local history, including water issues in Utah. The talk begins at 5 p.m. at the Merrill-Cazier Library, Room 101.

USU Libraries will also feature a Year of Water digital exhibit that coordinates with the event. The digital exhibit will go live Sept. 12 and can be found online.

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USU’s University Libraries

Source: University Libraries

Contact: Becky Thoms, head of Digital Initiatives, (435) 797-0816,

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