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The first march on Washington

The first march on Washington

June 2022

The dispossessed band together

In 1894, newspapers across Wyoming filled with stories of jobless men headed east along the railroads. Coxey’s Army, they were called, named for their “general.” All were unemployed, many were hungry, but they were bound for the center of the nation’s power. It became the first march on Washington. Read more in Brie Blasi’s article “The Wyoming March of Coxey’s Army.”

Calendar Events

Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, Buffalo
Living History Day, June 25, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the museum lawn. Free admission to the museum all day. Features Basque dancers, gold panning, mule rides and much more. Click here for more info.
 
Meeteetse Museums
The Meeteetse Museums have packed June with public programming. Click here for more details on these and other events:
 
Willie Le Clair, June 4, 10:00 a.m. Le Clair, a presenter, rodeo announcer and enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe will speak on some of the Native American heritage and spirituality he has experienced. 
 
Stone Tool Knapping Workshop, June 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Dr. Lawrence Todd, professor emeritus of anthropology at Colorado State University.
 
Whit Ranch Tour, June 18, 9:45 a.m. to noon, guided by Joe Thomas.
 
Genealogy Workshop, 10:18 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Jen Baldwin, Research Specialist for Findmypast.
 
Pioneer Col. William Pickett, June 29, 10 a.m. to noon, lecture by Brian Beauvais of the Park County Archives, with support from the Wyoming Council for the Humanities. Pickett, a Confederate veteran, came to the Meeteetse area soon after Otto Franc founded the Pitchfork Ranch in the 1870s.
 
Pioneer Museum, Lander
Click here for links to more information on these events at Lander’s Pioneer Museum this month:
 
“The Snow Chi Minh trail, the history of I-80" June 16, 7:00 p.m., with John Waggener, archivist at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center and author of an entertaining book on the infamous trans-Wyoming route we all love to hate.
 
“Lander Area Petroglyphs,” June 18, 10:00 a.m. to noon, with local archeologist Jim Stewart. 
Fee $10.
 
Riverton Museum
“Trails Through Fremont County” June 11, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., a tour of some of Fremont County’s historic trails with Craig Bromley, archeologist. This trek will involve some driving and walking. Bring your own water, lunch and vehicle. Fee is $10; call the Riverton Museum at 307-856-2665 for more info or to reserve a spot; space is limited. 
 
South Pass City State Historic Site
Carissa Mine and Mill tours2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through Sept. 6, with additional tours on Labor Day. English Tunnel tours, 11:00 a.m.
 
Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum
Special exhibit: William Henry Jackson, Pioneer Photographer, on view through March 2023 in our Community Co-op Corner, presented in collaboration with the National Park Service and photographer/researcher Bob Blair. 
 
 “Wyoming Women,” now on display in the musuem’s Hallway Gallery, comes from the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center and features 30 historical photos of Wyoming women, including notable figures like Mary O’Hara, author of My Friend Flicka, the first registered nurse in Jackson Hole and women from around the state.
 
Sweetwater County Historical Museum
Denny Pace, World War II reenactor, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. June 11 and 12. Pace will once again be presenting in his 505th 82nd Airborne gear to celebrate the D-Day anniversary and talk with guests. He
will be at his station in the museum throughout the weekend to show guests what he has and discuss his knowledge of the war and the 505th 82nd Airborne. Free and open to the public. Click here for more info.
 
Fort Caspar Museum
June 18, noon to 2:00 p.m., lunch and free lecture, "The Wyoming State Flag & the Women Who Made It Fly" with independent scholar Kylie McCormick. The presentation examines the contributions of Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard of the University of Wyoming and flag designer Verna Keays Keyes in establishing Wyoming’s state flag while grappling with questions of citizenship and legacy.

Free lecture begins at 1:00 p.m. Lunch menu and prices will soon be posted here, or call (307) 235-8462 for more information.

Hoofprints of the Past Museum, Kaycee
Hole in the Wall Tour, June 4 all day. The museum’s annual Hole in the Wall Tour visits locales of the Outlaw Era from the Johnson County War through the famous Hole in the Wall Fight. Tickets for the fundraiser are $100; currently the tour is full. Call the museum at 307-738-2381 or email info@hoofprintsofthepast.org to be placed on a waiting list.