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Downwinders of Utah Archive
Representatives from the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library will be in Kanab on Wednesday, June 14, at the Kanab City Library from 1-7 p.m. to take oral history recordings of those from southern Utah who were impacted by the nuclear weapons testing. Share the story of how you, or your family, were impacted by the testing, and your memories about the Nevada Test Site. Appointments are available by going online to: http://lib.utah.edu/services/geospatial/downwinders/ Walk-ins are also welcome. The interview recordings should run about 15-20 minutes.
They will also be at the Washington County Library in St. George on Monday, June 12, from 1-7 p.m., and the Cedar City Public Library on Tuesday, June 13, from 1-7 p.m.
This will be an interactive geospacial archive depicting the story of Utah nuclear fallout related to atmospheric testing at the Nevada Test Site.
Beginning in 1951, the era of nuclear weapons testing was a time of tremendous change at both national and local levels. In the name of national security, a variety of nuclear weapons were tested in a remote area of the Nevada desert known as the Nevada Test Site. Fallout and radiation from these tests have affected communities across the nation, in many cases resulting in the loss of property, health and life.
The Downwinders of Utah Archive presents an in-depth study of the nuclear detonations, radioactive fallout and events, which have resulted in devastating effects for Utah’s “Downwinder” population.
Through the presentation of an interactive timeline, detailed information on each atmospheric nuclear test conducted at the Nevada Test Site found to produce off-site radioactivity are presented, as well as fallout statistics for all Utah counties presented through cartographic maps, animated reconstruction models, interactive motion charts and a variety of graphics related to testing methods, cloud heights and dispersal patterns.
The archive also presents historic photographs and videos of nuclear detonations tests, archived newspaper articles, and documents depicting impacts and government deception imparted to residents, as well as oral history interviews with Utah Downwinders.