The Coutant House at the Museum of the American West. Photo provided.

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Museum of the American West is developing a series of historical exhibits to highlight and document life stories of pioneer families first to homestead in the Lander Valley (1868-1914) and who have descendants still living here.

“Homestead locations and land patents for over 50 families will be on display The first pioneer family exhibit, a display of photographs, historical records, and heirlooms, will highlight the family of Ervin F. Cheney & A. Stuart Nalls and their descendants, the Freedman family,” Emeritus Director Jack States and Curator Bonnie Willhelm said in an email.

The exhibit is scheduled to open Monday, June 16, in MAW’s historic Coutant House and can be viewed Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.June 16 through July 5.

Fremont County Museums Central Director Scott Goetz reports that Pioneer Museum is happy to work with MAW on the exhibit. The county museum is loaning a wedding dress to MAW for the exhibit.

The wedding dress on loan from the Pioneer Museum to MAW.

The wedding dress on loan from the Pioneer Museum to MAW.