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19 May 2022

Wyoming State Museum to host second annual Dino Day

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The second annual Dino Day is back at the Wyoming State Museum on June 4.

Part of the museum’s monthly Family Day program, Dino Day will be a high-energy, outdoor and indoor opportunity for local families to satisfy their child’s obsession with dinosaurs. 

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, the State Museum and its grounds will be transformed into a dino-themed wonderland. Kids can meet real paleontologists and learn why they study the prehistoric past.

A “Field of Dinos” with poles reaching toward the sky will show just how big (and small) some of the most famous dinosaurs were. Kids can also crawl through a “Tunnel Through Time,” imagining they are living in the time of dinosaurs. 

Partners from the University of Wyoming Geological Museum will bring real fossils that families can help prepare, and the University of Wyoming Conservatory will be showing off the beautiful plant life that would have surrounded dinosaurs millions of years ago. 

Like all Wyoming State Museum Family Days, this event is for all ages and will feature crafts, games, and activities that bring attendees closer to the museum’s collections. Registration is free. Families can find the registration link at wyomuseum.wyo.gov/familydays or they can register by phone at 307-630-2573.

Family Days are generously sponsored by SCHEELS in Johnstown, CO. Thanks to their support, these events are always free and open to everyone! Each month features crafts, games and activities, story time, as well as visiting partners from the Rocky Mountain region. 

 The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. 

Please call 307-630-2573 for more information. Family Day fans can follow the museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay in the know about upcoming events: @wyomingstatemuseum.

 

29 April 2022

Wyoming State Museum traveling exhibits on display at Wyoming Territorial Prison

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Two Wyoming State Park traveling exhibits, “Empire” and “Howdy” will be on display at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site in Laramie May 1 through October 1.

The exhibit chronicles the history of Wyoming Exodusters – African American settlers, who moved West in the decades following the Civil War.

Howdy consists of a series of period postcards depicting Wyoming scenes. The exhibit considers the postcard as a communication device and advertiser of Wyoming’s natural and cultural landscape. Color and black and white images illustrate how postcards have promoted Wyoming as a “vacation dreamland” and a “wonderland of the West.”

For more information, please contact Renee Slider, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 307-745-6161 at the Wyoming Territorial Prison in Laramie.

The Wyoming Territorial Prison is located at 975 Snowy Range Rd. in Laramie.

The Wyoming State Museum offers travelling exhibits for rent free of charge to museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. For rental or exhibit information please contact Carlos Santos, Curator of Exhibits, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

19 April 2022

State Museum to host May Flowers Family Day event

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The Wyoming State Museum is hosting “May Flowers,” a Family Day dedicated to plants, on Saturday, May 7. 

Join us from 10 am until 2 pm to learn about the plants that live in Wyoming, as well as the impressive adaptations they use to survive here, and how you can care for healthy ecosystems.

This event for all ages will give children and adults alike the chance to celebrate spring with crafts, games, and activities that bring them closer to the museum’s collections. Participants will get to make their own potted plant, explore the root systems of their favorite flowers, and meet plant experts from across Wyoming.

In order to keep everyone safe, the museum will require timed registration to participate in this event. Families can find the registration link at wyomuseum.wyo.gov/familydays or they can register by phone at 307-630-2573.

Family Days are generously sponsored by SCHEELS in Johnstown, CO. Thanks to their support, these events are always free and open to everyone! Each month features crafts, games and activities, storytime, as well as visiting partners from the Rocky Mountain region. 

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. 

Please call 307-630-2573 for more information. Family Day fans can follow the museum’s facebook and instagram accounts to stay in the know about upcoming events: @wyomingstatemuseum.

15 April 2022

State Museum accepting applications for next digital skills class

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The Wyoming State Museum is accepting registration for our Digital Skills for Seniors (Android Users) course. 

Digital Skills for Seniors is a free, eight-week course that will gradually introduce skills that older adults can use to simplify and improve their everyday lives. Made possible by a Spectrum Digital Education Grant, these courses will help participants get comfortable using smart phones and tablets to access the internet, utilize tools like the magnifying glass, connect with friends and family on social media, and more. Each class builds on the previous lesson and will include time for one-on-one assistance and practice. 

Participants can bring their own device from home or borrow a tablet from the museum for free. 

The course begins on May 24 and ends on July 12. Class meets on Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m..

To register for free, call Melisa McChesney at 307-630-2573 and leave a voice message including your name and phone number. Space in this class is extremely limited, so we encourage those who are interested to sign up as soon as possible. Participants will be registered on a first-come first-serve basis.

Please note, the Spring 2022 Apple course is already in progress. Apple users can join our waitlist for Summer classes by calling Melisa McChesney at 307-630-2573.

This program is offered in collaboration with Wyoming Relay, a state program that offers no-cost services for people who have a hearing loss or speech disability to communicate with standard telephone users.

30 March 2022

Museum Exhibit to Tour Crook County Libraries

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Museum Exhibit to Tour Crook County Libraries

The Wyoming State Museum’s traveling exhibit, Barn Here, will be on a mini-tour of northeast Wyoming with the Crook County Library, beginning in April.

Wyoming barns differ greatly in style and function from barns in many other parts of the United States. This exhibit, which uses photos from the State Historic Preservation Office, examines barns from throughout Wyoming. It was made possible by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities.

Tour Schedule:
April,  Sundance Library, 414 E Main St, Sundance, WY 82729
May,  Hulett Library, 401 Sager Ave, Hulett, WY 82720
June, Moorcroft Library, 105 E Converse, Moorcroft, WY 82721

 
For more information, please contact Jill Mackey at the Crook County Library.
Jill Mackey, 307-283-1008, crookcouThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Wyoming State Museum offers travelling exhibits for rent free of charge to museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. For more information on hosting an exhibit in your area, please contact Carlos Santos, Curator of Exhibits, 307-287-2677, carlos.santos@wyo.gov.  
01 March 2022

Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition Awardees Recognized, Artwork Available for Purchase Online

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Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition Awardees Recognized, Artwork Available for Purchase Online 

Seven artists were recognized with awards at the Governor’s Capitol Arts Exhibition Reception on Thursday, February 24. 

Gerald Anthony Shippen of Cody received the Governor’s Choice Award for his piece "The Indians Pony."

Ricki Klages of Laramie received the Juror’s Choice Award for her piece "Ridge."

 

Five artists were selected to receive Capitol Art Collection Purchase Awards. These works will be purchased for the Capitol Art Collection and will displayed in public offices of state agencies. Artists receiving purchase awards are:

 

Justin Hayward of Casper, for his piece "Pronghorn"

Robert Martinez of Riverton, for his piece "Young Warrior" 

Bria Hammock of Cheyenne, for her piece "Ruth the Cowgal"

David McDougall of Dayton, for his piece "Please Don’t Murder Me"   

Sue Sommers of Pinedale, for her piece "Angus Bull and Cowdog"

 

The exhibition will be on view through August 14 in the Wyoming State Capitol which is open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Works in the show can also be viewed and purchased online at https://wyomingstatemuseum.square.site/shop/gcae-2022/6


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Governor’s Capitol Art Exhibition Purchase Award winners with the Governor and First Lady.

(L to R: Governor Mark Gordon, Sue Sommers, Robert Martinez, Bria Hammock, David McDougall, First Lady Jennie Gordon)

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