This month, on Rediscover the Winds, we look at some of the most interesting and bizarre medical related incidents in Fremont County History. For much of the County’s past, good professional medical care was simply unobtainable. Those tough enough to live here figured it out on their own. 

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Upcoming Events

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Wyoming Community Bank Discovery Speaker Series: These events are free and open to the public!

June 18, 2020 | 6:30 PM | Riverton Museum

Preserving Family Documents.

Occasionally, in the Museum world, we get questions from people who have old family documents and books, and they want to know how to best take care of them. In this workshop Riverton Museum Staff and Volunteers will help you know how to best care for those precious documents. We’ll learn all about the chemical processes and conditions that cause deterioration. Then, we will learn how to create good storage conditions for these documents, as well as basic conservation and repairs. Bring your documents and learn to take care of them with us! 

 June 23, 2020 | Riverton Museum | Frenchie Draw History with Rob Hendry

Frenchie Draw is the name given to a desolate stretch of sagebrush off US Highway 26 near the Fremont and Natrona County border. As is much of the area, it is an inhospitable piece of land. Nevertheless, during period of time between the World Wars, attempts were made to homestead the area. Promises were made that may have been ambitious, like the ease of raising sheep, and even the possibility of growing watermelons in the area. Attempts to homestead were unsuccessful, and today the area is home to natural gas exploration and cattle ranching. 

June 25, 2020 | Lander Pioneer Museum | Ledger Art

Learn about Native American Ledger Art, and see some of the unique pieces on exhibit now at the Lander Pioneer Museum. Due to current circumstances this will be a virtual talk on Facebook and YouTube. James J. Stewart will walk us through the collection and tell us about the history of Ledger Art.

 July 9, 2020 | Dubois Museum | World War II POW Camps with Kathy Kirkpatrick

Discover the history of Camp Dubois, a WWII German Prisoner of War camp located only a few miles west of town, as well as several other POW camps located around Wyoming, Montana, and other western states!

Researcher and historian Kathy Kirkpatrick spent much of her life studying history and genealogy. She’s traveled all over the country studying the topic of World War II POW camps, the life of prisoners, and the life of townspeople next door.

Wind River Visitors Council Adventure Trek Series

June 20, 2020 | Lander Pioneer Museum | Petroglyphs of Lander (Virtual Trek)

Our second Wind River Visitor’s Council Virtual Adventure Trek. Since we can’t take groups on our treks yet, we will be doing some of them online – join us to learn about some of the Petroglyphs in the Lander area. Join us on Facebook and YouTube to enjoy this look at our history.

June 27, 2020, 9:00 AM | Riverton Museum | Black Bridge Bike Trek

Bring your bike, because for this trek, we’ll be biking from the Museum, north on the Rails to Trails the roughly 6.5 miles to Black Bridge. Once we get there, and all along the way, we’ll be talking about the history of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, and especially about the history of its bridges on both sides of Riverton. Then, we’ll bike back to town!

Make sure to bring water and a snack. This trek will take the better part of the morning. Remember, this trek will require biking nearly 13 total miles. We will follow a moderate pace and invite anybody comfortable with this level of exercise to participate. – This event is free.

July 11, 2020, 9:00 AM | Riverton Museum | Midvale Irrigation District

Come explore the Midvale Irrigation District! This series of reservoirs, dams, and canals is the culmination of the promises made when Riverton was founded, and the reason largely responsible for the growth of Riverton in the 1920s and 1930s. The project consists of two reservoirs, three dams, a power station, and  hundreds of miles of canals and drains. It provides water to some 73,000 acres of farmland.

On this trek, we’ll be joined by staff from the Midvale Irrigation District, who will teach us all about the project, its history, and its role in present-day Fremont County. We anticipate visiting Bull Lake, Diversion Dam, Pilot Butte Reservoir, the Pilot Butte Power Station, and looking at several sections of canal. 

We’ll be meeting at 9:00 AM at the Museum, and the cost is $12/person 

Bailey Tire & Auto Children’s Exploration Series

June 13, 2020 2:00 to 4:00 PM| Riverton Museum | Pioneer Cooking

Almost nothing is more ‘human’ than using fire to cook food. Over thousands of years, cooking techniques have evolved to the point that there are entire television networks dedicated to it. In this event, we are putting a modern twist on the cooking techniques of generations past and maybe stretching the limits of what can be cooked in a fire. First, We’ll take a whack at baking bread in a Dutch Oven. And bread is no good without butter, so we’ll turn cream into fresh-made butter. Later, if we’re feeling lucky, we’ll bake cookies in our Dutch oven!

Cost for this event is $5/participant, and advanced registration is required.

June 17, 2020 9:00-10:00 AM | Dubois Museum | Kids Corner #3 – Reading the Land

By playing with the Dubois Museum’s Augmented Reality Sandbox, kids will learn how mountains and valleys form. They’ll even get to build and take home a mountain of their own!

Please call the Dubois Museum to reserve your spot!

$3/child 

Kids 5 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult (no charge for adult guardians)

June 24, 2020 9:00 to 10:00 AM| Dubois Museum | Kids Corner #4 – In Mountain Shoshone Shoes

People lived in the Upper Wind River Valley for hundreds of years, but how? Kids will dive into games where they’ll learn about the foods, shelters, and culture of the Mountain Shoshone.

Please call the Dubois Museum to reserve your spot!

$3/child 

Kids 5 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult (no charge for adult guardians)