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Angus James McDonald

By Alexandra Deselms, Interim Director & Director of Collections Angus James McDonald pursued a variety of careers and work during his life, and because of this, he was one of the foremost early citizens of Meeteetse. Angus McDonald was born in June 1853 in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada to Alexander Angus McDonald and Flora Fraser as […]

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day By Alexandra Deselms, Interim Director Valentine’s Day: A History Valentine’s Day brings memories of school parties with cards and candy exchanged and/or fancy date nights. The Museum recently found some historic Valentine cards in our collections and thought we’d look into them, to see how they fit into the history of Valentine’s Day […]

Colorizing Photographs: Insight into the New Member’s Benefit

Colorizing Photographs: Insight into the New Member’s Benefit By Amy Phillips, Director of Education and Programs The Meeteetse Museums VIP members can now send scans of their personal black and white photographs to Museum staff to be colorized, but how does that process work? The History Colorization of black and white photographs and films was […]

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. […]

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 […]

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