Preserving information about long-ago events in Wyoming

This month we report on how we memorialize our history.

Summaries of interesting people and episodes

Historical monuments and markers often enrich our travels with information on a local place, person, or event—but each marker also hints at the thinking of whoever set it there in the first place. The formal marking of historic spots in Wyoming dates back before statehood, and the process continues today. Read more in Kylie L. McCormick and the Wyoming Monuments and Markers Program’s article, “Marking the Past: A History of Wyoming’s Historical Markers.”

Calendar Events

Campbell County Rockpile Museum, Gillette, Wyo.
Yellowstone Country 150 Years, presented by Bob Richard
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Bob has a broad range of knowledge based on his experience as a cattle rancher, military veteran, schoolteacher, civic leader, Yellowstone Park ranger and author. For more information, click here, then scroll down.
Trail End State Historic Site, Sheridan, Wyo.
Grand Home Tour
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Spend the afternoon touring some of Sheridan's finest historic houses! Visit three private homes built between 1895 and 1901, in addition to exploring rarely shown spaces inside the Kendrick Mansion. For more information, click here.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyo.
History of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
A free talk by Bob Richard. For more information, click here.
Mountain Men Ghost Stories
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A VIP Exclusive "Tours and Tales" Event: It's time for some good old-fashioned histories, mysteries and ghost stories! Mountain men, fur trappers and early explorers once braved darkness, death and other hazards. For more information, click here.
William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody
Saturday, Oct, 29, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
A VIP Exclusive “Tours and Tales” Event: Join Exclusive Tours staff for a night at the museum where we turn out the lights and explore the stories of mishap, mayhem and murder on the trail of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West. Advance registration required. For more information, click here.
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, Jackson, Wyo.
Special exhibit: William Henry Jackson, Pioneer Photographer, on view through March 2023 in our Community Co-op Corner.
The exhibit “Wyoming Women” from the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center highlights 30 framed historical photos of Wyoming women in leadership roles in the outdoors and their communities.
For other information on these two exhibits, click here. Then scroll down.
Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Halloween at the Museum
Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers fill the museum, dressed as some of the most amazing figures from history. Guests can see our world-class exhibits, interact with historic characters and get up close to phenomenal artifacts from Wyoming's past. For more information, click here.
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center, Casper, Wyo.
Independence Rock
A BLM interpreter will be present at Independence Rock Mondays and Fridays through October 14, 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, click here.
Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, Worland, Wyo.
It's in the Water: History of Hot Springs State Park
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thomas Schoenewald and Lea Cavalli-Schoenewald, authors of Arcadia Publishing’s Hot Springs State Park, will present a pictorial history of our world-famous local springs. For more information, click here.
On display through Oct. 22, 2022
Experience a unique exhibit which explores the changing dynamics of the MMIWG2 movement (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirits). For more information, click here.
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
This free event includes Eagle Spirit Singers and Dancers, Speakers, Artists and much more. For more information, click here.
Wyoming State Archives, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Savino “S. C.” Lopez, From Farmer to a Voice for Wyoming's Latin Americans
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, 7:00 p.m., Wyoming State Museum classroom
This presentation, by Sue Lopez and Cynthia Robertson, is a brief overview of the life and legacy of Savino “S.C.” Lopez, founder of the Latin American Association Inc. and the National Latin American Federation.  To register for the virtual event, click here. To register for the live event, and for more information on both events, click here.
Traveling Archivist
In collaboration with the Wyoming State Archives, the Wyoming State Records Advisory Board and the American Heritage Center, traveling archivist Jordan Meyerl will be reaching out to cultural heritage institutions across the state within the next few months with a survey to identify what we are collecting, how we are making these items accessible and discoverable and the needs of these different institutions. For more information, contact Meyerl or the Wyoming State Archives.
Anna Miller Museum, Newcastle, Wyo.
Haunts and History
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022
For more information, call the museum at 307-746-4188.
Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum, Casper, Wyo.
Family Fun Day
Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Join us this month to celebrate the history and achievements of the U. S. Navy. For more information, click here.
Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyo.
The 1906-08 Ute Journey Across Wyoming
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, 7:00 p.m.
Presenter Donovin Sprague covers U. S. Indian policy and the Utes, the latter's 1906-08 journey across Wyoming and more. For more information, call the Sheridan College Foundation at 307-675-0700. And for more on the Utes’ journey, click here.

Museum at the Bighorns, Sheridan, Wyo.
Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouts in Wyoming
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Girl Scout items from both the museum collection and community members will be on display. Special presentation by Jean Harm at 2:00 p.m. For more information, click here.