Settling Carbon County, Our New Exhibit

On Thursday, May 13, 2021 our new Union Pacific exhibit opened to the public.

This exhibit was made possible by a grant from the Union Pacific Railroad and generous donations from former railway workers, Richard Durant of Omaha, Nebraska and Kenneth Klouda of Rawlins, Wyoming. Exhibits like these depend on the generosity of our community and we are always grateful for those donations.

When you visit us you will see a variety of brand new objects on display as well as new panels explaining the history and importance of the Union Pacific Railroad in Carbon County’s history.

We are happy to report that our museum has received a grant from the Union Pacific Railroad to renovate our current exhibit.

Grants like this mean a lot to any museum and we’re excited to share our process with you. As we go through the process, stay tuned for updates.

Winter Travel: Cultural Tourism in Carbon County

While many families look toward the summer months in order to take their vacations because of school schedules, winter travel has become increasingly popular over the past several years. Whereas winter vacations were once reserved for ski trips or beach vacations down south, cultural tourism is increasing in popularity in both summer and winter. 

Today’s travelers are realizing that winter is not as busy as summer for tourism. Therefore, going to cultural destinations means fewer crowds to contend with. Often, hotels run specials with discounted rates, making travel more affordable. For years, retirees have been well aware that winter is an ideal time to hit the road with the RV, but now others are beginning to see that this option is open to them as well.

For several years the museum has hosted a Youth Ambassadors Program that allows young people to volunteer at the museum.

This week we held a meeting with our young volunteers to meet them, their parents, and to launch our revamped program. Youth Ambassadors is similar to an internship where both homeschooled and traditionally schooled students can volunteer, lead tours, and engage in outreach for the museum. What are some of the highlights of this program and why is it important for the volunteers, the museum, and the community? Let’s discuss!

The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Woman’s Suffrage in Wyoming.

As their sisters in the East were trying to convince male leaders that women deserved the right to vote and participate in civic society, women in the West were voting and taking on new roles that are truly noteworthy. Fifty years prior to the 19th Amendment, Wyoming women were participating in politics in a way unlike any other area in the country. As Wyoming was coming into the Union as a state it was made clear that women would retain the right to vote, regardless of the law in other states: “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.” Wyoming not only enfranchised women first, the state had the first female governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross and the first female judge in the United States, Esther Hobart Morris.