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01 November 2022

Wyoming State Museum holds 9th Annual Dia de los Muertos event, Nov. 5

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The Wyoming State Museum’s 9th annual Día de los Muertos Family Day will take place on Saturday, November 5, from 10 am - 2 pm.

This event is one of four events being hosted collaboratively by the Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, and Cheyenne Depot Museum to provide fun, educational opportunities for the community to discover the cultural traditions, folk art, and history of the Day of the Dead! 

Families are invited to visit the Wyoming State Museum Join us on November 5 between 10 am and 2 pm to:

  • Learn about and create delicious sugar skulls (or “Calaveras”);
  • Create beautiful Papel Picado (or “pecked paper”) decorations;
  • Watch dance performances from Los Angelitos Unidos y los Rayos del Sol at 10:30 and 11:30 am;
  • Discover how the annual monarch butterfly migration creates an important connection between the living and the dead;
  • Play Loteria to learn some Spanish words;
  • See altars (or “Ofrendas”) set up by community members and students;
  • And eat delicious foods from local vendors!

The Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley will be providing transportation between the Wyoming State Museum and the Botanic Gardens on November 5 from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, so families can easily enjoy both events. While riding the trolley, community member Carol Matteson Pascal will be discussing the history of Día de los Muertos and the meaning of items families placed on the ofrendas. 

Like all Wyoming State Museum Family Days, this event is FREE for all ages and will bring attendees closer to the museum’s diverse collections. 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! 

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne. Please call 307-630-2573 for more information.

21 October 2022

Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne Botanical Gardens and Cheyenne Depot Museum celebrate Dia de los Muertos

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The Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, and Cheyenne Depot Museum are hosting a series of events to celebrate Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) with the community. Information about all of the events can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiaDeLosMuertosCelebrations.

Día de los Muertos is a two-day religious holiday that originated in Mexico and is traditionally celebrated across Latin America and beyond. During these two days, it is believed that the passageway between the real world and the spirit world opens, allowing deceased loved ones to come back and visit their living relatives.Traditions and customs vary in different places, but the base beliefs remain the same. 

Opportunities to celebrate will take place all week long, from November 1 - November 5. Everyone is welcome to enjoy these community celebrations and open their eyes to cultures and traditions that they might have never known about. Here’s what to expect around town:


CHEYENNE BOTANIC GARDENS:

Beginning on November 1, stop by the Botanic Gardens to enjoy their beautiful flower display and community ofrenda. You can even bring items of your own to add to the Ofrenda.

On November 3 at 4:30 PM, take a free class to learn how to make tamales with Gloria Roldan (space is limited, register by calling 307-637-6458). Then, on Nov 5, enjoy a Family Event with performances by Las Angelitas Unidas y Los Rayos del Sol at 1pm and 2:30 p.m., food from local vendors, and take-home kids activity kits.


CHEYENNE DEPOT MUSEUM:

On Wednesday, Nov 2, at 6:30 pm the Cheyenne Depot Museum will host a lecture by Virginia Sanchez: “Día de los Muertos: A History of Migration and Legacy.” Before the talk begins, enjoy a dance performance by Las Angelitas Unidas y Los Rayos del Sol.


WYOMING STATE MUSEUM:

At the Wyoming State Museum, families won’t want to miss their annual Día de los Muertos Family Day on Saturday, November 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Make sugar skulls, enjoy games and crafts, get your face painted, learn about monarch butterflies, get food from local vendors, and take in dance performances by Las Angelitas Unidas y Los Rayos del Sol at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Register online at wyomuseum.wyo.gov/familydays.

Those who can’t attend on Saturday are encouraged to visit the museum all week (to see ofrenda displays created by local high school students, as well as a small art exhibit displaying the works of artists submitted their work to be featured on this year's event marketing. 


CHEYENNE STREET RAILWAY TROLLEY:

The Cheyenne Street Railway Trolley will be providing transportation between the Wyoming State Museum and the Botanic Gardens on November 5 from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm, so families can easily enjoy both events. While riding the trolley, community member Carol Matteson Pascal will be discussing the history of Día de los Muertos and the meaning of items families placed on the ofrendas. 

Please call 307-630-2573 for more information.

14 October 2022

Wyoming State Museum hosts "Halloween at the Museum, Oct. 30

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The Wyoming State Museum’s annual FREE trick-or-treat event will be held on Sunday, October 30, from noon to 4 p.m. 

Community members are invited to participate in “Halloween at the Museum,” a historic trick-or-treat around the museum.

Trick-or-treaters will meet characters from Wyoming’s past, get up close to specimens and objects from the museum collection, and enjoy fun activities like a sheepherding race and a “bacon toss.” At the end of the experience, children will receive a free bag of candy. 

“Halloween at the Museum” is a safe and educational event for children of all ages. This is not a drop-off program and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Halloween at the Museum” is generously sponsored by Smile Doctors in Cheyenne, SCHEELS in Johnstown, CO, and the Wyoming State Museum Store. Thanks to their support, this entire event is free for all! 

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

Please call 307-630-2573 for more information. Follow the museum’s Facebook and Instagram accounts to stay in the know about all of our upcoming events, @wyomingstatemuseum.

26 September 2022

Wyoming State Museum Indigenous Peoples Showcase release

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The Wyoming State Museum will host an Indigenous People’s Day Artist Showcase highlighting two contemporary Native artists on October 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This event, offered in collaboration with the Wyoming Arts Council, honors the traditional and living cultures of contemporary Native peoples in our state.

Both artists work in a different medium and will showcase their skills in beadwork and ceramics. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists, witness their methods, and learn about their artistic processes. The artists are engaging, passionate, and enjoy teaching the public about their art and culture. 

DaleRae Green (Eastern Shoshone) creates intricate beadwork that celebrates her heritage and reconnects the past, present, and future with a more contemporary style and use of colors.

Rose Pecos-SunRhodes (Jemez Pueblo) is an award-winning artist using traditional hand processed clay & methods with a contemporary flare.

Rose recently wrote a children's book titled, "Magpie Woo'uh'ei," in conjunction with Wyoming Arts Council and the CDC to help build vaccination confidence.

Guests can drop in anytime between 10 am and 3 pm to enjoy the event, registration is not required. The museum’s galleries and gift store will be open.

For more information, call Melisa McChesney at 307-630-2573. 

20 September 2022

State Museum to host Creep Crawly Family Day

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For the second year in a row, the Wyoming State Museum is hosting “CreepyCrawly Critters,” a Family Day dedicated to the strange and wonderful wildlifethat we associate with Halloween.

Visit the museum on October 1, 2022 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. to find games, activities, crafts, and learning opportunities for all ages.

Creepy Crawly Critters offers kids and adults alike the chance to meet with partners from the University of Wyoming Entomology department, the Biodiversity Institute, Colorado State University’s Bug Zoo, and Wyoming Game & Fish. 

You’ll get to see live bugs, snakes, and salamanders, enjoy beautifully mounted insect specimens, learn about the important role bats play in our ecosystems, and even take your picture with a real (but no longer living) alligator! Crafts and activities include a Creepy Crawly obstacle course, a flying bugs game, and a make-your-own slime station. 

Like all Wyoming State Museum Family Days, this event is FREE for all ages and will bring attendees closer to the museum’s diverse collections. 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! Family Day fans can follow the museum’s facebook and instagram accounts to stay in the know about upcoming events: @wyomingstatemuseum.

The Wyoming State Museum is located in the Barrett Building, 2301Central Ave. in Cheyenne. Please call 307-630-2573 for more information. 

26 August 2022

Registration Underway for Wyoming State Museum Digital Skills Seniors Course

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The Wyoming State Museum is accepting registration for their Digital Skills for Seniors course. This season, the course will be focused on Apple/iOS Users, but Android classes will be available in the future.

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 Sept 15 and ends on Nov 3. Class meets on Thursdays from 1:30-3 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.

Android users can join our waitlist for Spring 2023 classes by calling Melisa McChesney at 307-630-2573.

Digital Skills 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.

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