Dubois Museum Director Katrina Krupicka Dingman testified before the Dubois Town Council earlier this year. (File photo)
(Dubois, Wyo.) – One week after tendering her resignation as Dubois Museum Director, Katrina Krupicka Dingman is positive about the accomplishments achieved during her three years in the position. In an interview with County10.com, Dingman said she had enjoyed leading the museum. “It holds a special place in my heart. I will always continue to be passionate about the history of the Upper Wind River Valley.”
Dingman said she is most proud of starting a partnership with The Frison Institute (George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology); co-hosting a series of programs featuring one or two different nationally renowned archaeologists at the Dubois Museum and co-hosting three “Archaeology With Altitude” fundraising events. She also cited increased public programming and educational outreach as two of her achievements.
When asked to explain a statement issued last week to County 10’s Joshua Scheer where Dingman said, “The recent actions and decisions of the Fremont County Museums Board indicate to me the trustees no longer hold the same vision as I do for the Dubois Museum” Dingman stated, “ I do not feel comfortable elaborating any further. That is pretty much where my statement is staying”.
Dubois Museum curator Melinda Bobo also resigned from her position on December 11th. Both resignations are effective December 31.
As for her future plans, Dingman stated that she “was exploring options” and intends to remain in Dubois and “to stay involved in the community as much as possible”.
On Monday morning, the Fremont County Commission failed to formally accept either’s resignations. Commissioner Larry Allen moved to accept them, but no one seconded the motion. Commissioner Keja Whiteman said the reason she didn’t second the motion was because she didn’t feel it was the commission’s place to accept the resignations; that was the Museums Board’s job.
Commission Chairman Doug Thompson extended invitations to Dingman and Bobo through the Deputy Clerk for exit interviews. He also suggested the commission should meet with the Museums Board about the matter.