Past Events

Have A Historic Summer with free classes and events


Free Summer Classes. Our classses are free and last about 2 hours. All of the classes begin at 10 AM and all supplies are provided. Due to limited space we require an RSVP so please call us to register in advance. Please contact us at 307-872-6435 to register or with any questions. June 21, 2023: Basket Weaving: Join us for one of our most popular classes and learn how to weave a basket with reeds. July 26, 2023: Coil and Scrape pots: Join us to learn how to make and decorate traditional pottery similar to styles found in the area.

FREE SUPER SATURDAYS. Super Saturdays take place on Saturdays from 10 AM until 4 PM. Families are encouraged to come and go anytime during that time frame. The events have indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) activities. No RSVP required. June 24, 2023: Adobe Brick Making: Learn about some of the earliest buildings in Green River and make your own adobe brick! July 15, 2023: Fabulous Fossils! Touch a real dinosaur bone, sift in a dig pit, and learn more about the creatures that used to live in Sweetwater County.

Family Fun Fridays. Stop by throughout the day on select Fridays throughout the summer to explore our touch table. June 23: Toys and Games July 7: Fur Trade July 21: Local Animals August 4: Wool to Yarn

County Museum hosting a special Native American basket weaving class

Students of various ages sit and weave rattan baskets in a classroom. Museum Public Engagement Coordinator Aidan Brady guides a student and their adult in the next steps.Bella Knox and Layla Gray stand with their completed baskets.

Photo #1 - Aidan Brady of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum teaching last year’s Native American basket weaving class. Students attending the class weave their own reed baskets and take the finished products home. A handcuffed Butch Cassidy in prison garb looks on.


Photo #2 - Bella Knox and Layla Gray, both of Rock Springs, with the reed baskets they wove themselves at last year’s event. This year’s class is scheduled at the museum for 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 21.



(Sweetwater County, Wyo. - June 14, 2023)     The Sweetwater County Historical Museum is hosting a special Native American  basket weaving class on Wednesday, June 21, starting at 10 AM. The class will last about two hours.

Reed basket weaving is among the oldest known Native American crafts. Archeologists have identified some baskets from the southwest as being thousands of years old.

There is no charge for the event and all materials are provided. Please call (307) 872-6435 to register ahead of time, as this class has limited capacity. The museum is located at 3 E. Flaming Gorge Way in Green River.

Students attend museum course in civics, government, the Constitution, and writing with quill pens

children experiment in the museum gallery with feather quills.a closeup of the writing end of a quill pen.A black and white illustration of Thomas Jefferson seated at a table.

Photo #1 - Hands-on exercises with quill and metal-nibbed pens was part of a special

course for students hosted by the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River


Photo #2 - A freshly-prepared quill pen, ready for use


Photo #3 - Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence with a quill pen. A prodigious writer, Jefferson bred special white geese at his home in Monticello for their quills.

(Sweetwater County, Wyo. - March 3, 2023)     Eighteen home school students learned about civics, government, and the Wyoming and U.S. Constitutions at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum this week. Public Engagement Coordinator Aidan Brady taught the special class, which included hands-on writing exercises with real feathered quill pens, metal-nibbed pens, and blueberry-based ink. The students learned that the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were written with quill pens.

The use of quill pens goes back to the 7th century or even earlier. The best quality quills were made from the first five flight feathers from the left wing of molting birds, including geese, turkeys, and hawks, with goose quills favored over those of other species due to their large size and durability.  (Quills from the left wing were desirable because they curved outwards, away from the writer. Left-handed writers preferred quills from the right wing.)

Quill pens work because the shaft of a flight feather is long and hollow. Once a quill has been properly prepared and its tip fashioned into a nib with small, sharp knife or other cutting tool, it is ready for use. The quill is dipped into an ink bottle, and the hollow shaft of the feather functions as an ink reservoir. As the user writes, the ink flows to the tip by capillary action. The quill has to be re-dipped repeatedly as the user continues to write. Learning to use a quill pen takes patience and practice, as it requires a much lighter touch than using a ball-point pen. (Small knives used to prepare quills were called “pen knives,” and the name stuck even after quill pens began to be replaced by metal-nibbed pens in the 1820s.)

Preparing a quill pen for use is not a simple process. The procedure is well-explained (and illustrated) on the website of the Jane Austen Centre in the United Kingdom at

https://janeausten.co.uk/blogs/home-and-hearth/cutting-a-quill-pen?currency=usd .

Educators, parents, and parent-teacher groups who are interested in learning more about museum programs for students Grades K - 12 are encouraged to contact Brady at (307) 872-6435 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

County Museum hosts a holiday appreciation dinner

Museum Executive Director David Mead stands in a twead coat talking to a room full of seated individuals at long tables.

Photo #1 - Executive Director Dave Mead, at right, speaking at the County Museum’s holiday appreciation dinner.


(Sweetwater County, Wyo. - December 14, 2022)     The Sweetwater County Historical Museum recently hosted a holiday “thank you” dinner at the Hitching Post in Green River for its volunteers, board members, and former board members

“Our volunteers and board members provide invaluable services and support we simply could not function without,” said Executive Director Dave Mead. “One volunteer, for instance, has scanned over 8,000 historical photographs in our collection. Others help with creating exhibits and special presentations. Every spring  we stage our History Fair, which is attended by 700 to 800 3rd Grade students from throughout the county. That requires a dozen volunteers doing presentations every day for nearly a week, and another friend of the museum, Bill Taliaferro, loans his sheep camp. We’re very grateful for everything these fine people do for us, and for the time and hard work our board members provide.”