(Riverton, Wyo.) – If you haven’t been to the Riverton Museum lately, you’re in for a surprise. The new Visitors Services Coordinator there, Dr. Jackson Crawford, has installed several new exhibits, rearranged the main floor exhibit area and has prepared a number of handouts featuring area attractions, information on museum collections and important dates in Riverton’s history. Crawford has also placed a small work desk at the entrance to the main exhibit hall to be available to answer questions or direct visitors to areas of their interest.
A little known feature of the museum is a sequence of historic wall maps, starting with one in an early Riverton school room exhibit and down a ramp that feature a unique view of post WWI Europe, the proposed “Center County” that was never split off from Fremont County, a pre-sale map of the Wind River Reservation Withdrawl area and a map of the Midvale Irrigation District with landowners names listed from the 1930s.
“People can get a sense of what is happening here by going to our Facebook page, which is new, and that features items from our collections, a Shoshone or Arapaho “Word of the Day” (Crawford, after all, is a linguist) and something new each day. People are responding to it,” he said. To “like” the Riverton museum’s Facebook page for daily updates, click here.
Crawford has also established a Riverton Museum Speakers Series, which will feature a talk on Wilderness Medicine Saturday (today) at 3 p.m. at the museum featuring Buck Tilton (see information below).
The museum is also celebrating Riverton’s 108th Birthday on Saturday August 16th from 11:30-3:00. The celebration will include live music, cowboy poetry & general poetry from Riverton’s own Dr. Kent Stockton and Wyoming’s 6th Poet Laureate, Shoshoni native Echo Klaproth. There will be cake and punch for those who attend and a showing of Riverton’s Centennial 1906-2006 film.
The Riverton Museum is located at 700 East Park Avenue. Contact 856-2665 for complete details.
Today, Tilton’s presentation at 3:30 is entitled “When the Doctor is far away,or, The Wild Side of Emergency Medicine.
Buck Tilton is the author of the “Medicine Man” column in Backpacker magazine as well as of 43 books, among them Wilderness First Responder, which won an award for excellence from the AmericanMedical Writers Association.