Snow globes encourage journey on the Park City Library – KPCW

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Ethel Preston has lived in Park City for 20 years; she moved from Virginia to dwell together with her daughter after her husband died. Preston is the workplace supervisor at KPCW. Her desk is within the foyer the place she greets guests with a smile, prepared to talk with anybody who walks via the entrance door.

In 2009, shortly after Preston began working at KPCW, her snow globe assortment started.

“My daughter Cecily and granddaughter Shay … they went out to get me a Christmas present,” Preston said. “And my granddaughter got me this Park City moose snow globe, and so I had that and I guess somebody thought it needs company.”

The first moose snow globe sat on her desk and shortly it wasn’t alone. Over the years many visitors and guests have added to the gathering.

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Ethel Preston’s snow globe assortment within the foyer of KPCW in 2020.

Ski Utah president and CEO Nathan Rafferty, an everyday visitor on KPCW, made it his mission to purchase Preston a snow globe wherever his travels took him. And they’ve taken him to locations all around the world.

Preston and Rafferty, standing in entrance of the show on the Park City Library, talked about a few of his most spectacular snow globe acquisitions.

“But it was just fun to kind of, you know, it’s always fun to have something to hunt down. You’re on these trips,” Rafferty said. “And totally, you know, you’re keeping your eyes peeled for some of this stuff. Oh, yeah. Turks and Caicos.” 

“There is Bhutan! Did you see Bhutan?” Preston stated.

“Where is that?  Oh, that’s a tough one to get,” Rafferty stated.

“I know. That is the most impressive one,” Preston said.

Another snow globe devotee and longtime KPCW reporter, Rick Brough, would bring Preston snow globes from his travels. One of Preston’s favorites is from Mt. St. Helens.

“I think one side is the globe, as you have to look at it from the distant side. But there’s one side, the mountain before the eruption, and then the depleted mountain after the eruption,” Brough said. “And then in the other case, there’s the one from Dodge City that says ‘Get the hell into Dodge.’”

Preston’s assortment is simply too large to fill only one case. The Park City Library has them featured downstairs subsequent to the youngsters’s part, and in one other show simply up the steps on the second ground. They might be there via August.


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