“Coming up at the Museums”
This weekend at the Dubois Museum and the Pioneer Museum in Lander we have several great programs for people to enjoy.
First, the Dubois Museum will host a Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speaker Series program by Matt Stirn and Rebecca Sgouros, titled “Continuing Teton Archaeological Project”. Stirn and Sgouros are with the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum and will present their findings from the 2015 summer of archaeological research. You will discover the results of new studies in terrestrial and ice patch archaeological sites. Everyone is welcome to attend and it is free to attend.
The adventure will be Thursday, April 14 at 7pm at the Headwaters Community Arts & Conference Center.
Next up is the Pioneer Museum in Lander, who host two programs this this week. Beginning April 7th at 7:00 pm in the Western Gallery the Pioneer Museum hosts another Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speakers Series program by Kent Stockton titled, “Cowboy Poetry by Kent Stockton. Kent Stockton has been writing cowboy poetry since the 1970s, and has been featured at many cowboy poetry gatherings around the west. His poems have been widely printed, and he has several published books of his work. Kent and his wife run a cow calf operation near of Riverton.
The program will feature heart-warming tales about cowboys, horses, kids and the wide open landscape they live in. The program will last about an hour. The poetry program is also part of the “One County/Many Voices” series. All ages are welcome and the program is free to the public.
Finally, the Grounds of the Lander Pioneer Museum will sprout canvas tents, muskets and U.S. Flags with 35 stars Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10. The Riverton based Living History group “C Company 6th U.S. Infantry” will stage a historically accurate Civil War soldiers camp at the museum.
Kids, families and the general public are welcome to come see demonstrations of camp life, musketry, camp cooking and chat with the soldiers about their life. The camp will be active from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday. The event is free. The group did a living history demonstration at the Lander museum last year over the Fourth of July. “They did a terrific job and there was a huge amount of interest from the public,” said Randy Wise, museum Visitor Services Coordinator. “We are excited to have them back. Anyone interested in history will really enjoy this event.”
The 6th U.S. Infantry was one of the most decorated units in the Civil War. They also saw action on the Western Plains during the Indian Wars in the 1870s.
The camp is this year’s first McDonalds Children’s Exploration Series program; a program series dedicated to activities and events for young people and families to learn about Lander and Wyoming history. The next kids and families event at the Lander museum will be Sheep Shearing Day April 23.
The Dubois Museum is located at 700 West Ramshorn in Dubois and the Pioneer Museum is located at 1443 Main Street. Call 307-455-2284 to contact the Dubois Museum and 307-332-3373 for the Pioneer Museum, or visit the web at www.fremontcountymuseums.com or on Facebook at Dubois Museum and Pioneer Museum Lander Wyoming.
Photo caption: One of company C’s camps. The group does historically accurate depictions of Civil War soldiers in the field.