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1918 Pandemic in Meeteetse and Park County (Part I)

1918 Pandemic in Meeteetse and Park County: Part I Symptoms, Personal Protective Equipment, and Medicine By Alex Deselms, Director of Collections People have been combating disease by wearing masks and face coverings for centuries. Unfortunately, we don’t have a European doctor’s plague mask in the collection for comparison (these curved beak-like masks were only in […]

The Mystery of Edna Wilson

The Mystery of Edna Wilson By Amy Phillips Just two years after Meeteetse officially became a town, a young girl by the name of Edna Wilson went missing. Edna Wilson was one of five children born to Andrew and Margaret Wilson. Her family had come to Wyoming in 1881 from Colorado, settling on Meeteetse Creek. […]

Molesworth and Belden: A Collaboration in Design

Molesworth and Belden: A Collaboration in Design By David Cunningham, Executive Director Thomas Molesworth and Charles Belden are two men whose artistry captured the true essence of the American West. Molesworth, a furniture designer, and Belden, a western photographer, collaborated to create unique pieces of furniture, which served both a utilitarian and aesthetic function. Commissioned […]

Bison of the Bighorn Basin Project: An Update

Bison of the Bighorn Basin Project: An Update By Amy Phillips Bison are iconic figures here in the West. Not only are bison the national mammal of the United States, they also have a rich history. To uncover some of that history, the Meeteetse Museums embarked on the “Bison of the Bighorn Basin” project in […]

Martha Sleeper: from Meeteetse to Movie Stardom

Martha Sleeper: from Meeteetse to Movie Stardom By David Cunningham   Many celebrities come from very small towns but still succeed. While coming from a small place can present obstacles to anyone’s career, success mostly comes down to an individual’s talent, connections, and drive. Martha Sleeper’s life is an example of this. Born during 1910 […]

Meeteetse, Polar Bears, and the State Vessel of Massachusetts

Meeteetse, Polar Bears, and the State Vessel of Massachusetts by David Cunningham   Few American marine vessels were as significant as the schooner Effie M. Morrissey. Now named the Ernestina-Morrissey, she not only made many scientific expeditions to the Arctic during the early 1900s with Captain Bob Bartlett at the helm, but even surveyed the […]

Soldiers of Misfortune

Soldiers of Misfortune By Amy Phillips During research for the first season of Meeteetse Stories, the Meeteetse Museums’ podcast, we discovered something odd: more than one veteran from Meeteetse had a prison record. The first veteran with a rap sheet was Grover Cleveland Gabbard. Born at the end of the first presidential term of President […]

The Boys of Company K

The Boys of Company K By Amy Phillips   The United States joined World War I on April 2, 1917. At the time the United States military had a standing army of just 127,500. For comparison, 116,516 Americans, or 91% of the United States standing army at the start of the conflict, lost their lives […]

Meeteetse’s Civil War Veterans

Meeteetse’s Civil War Veterans By Amy Phillips The 1860 election set the stage for a conflict that would last four years and cost more than 600,000 lives. Abraham Lincoln ran for presidential office against John Breckenridge, John Bell, and Stephen A Douglas. In the months leading up to the election, Emanuel Faust heard the Lincoln- […]

Remembering An Aviatrix: Meeteetse’s Amelia Earhart Memorial

Remembering an Aviatrix: Meeteetse’s Amelia Earhart Memorial By Alex Deselms You likely know that aviatrix Amelia Earhart visited the Double Dee Guest Ranch and was having a cabin built for her at Kirwin before her disappearance in 1937. You also likely know (or can guess) that there are a lot of memorials to her. But […]

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