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COUNTY MUSEUM EXPANDS COURTHOUSE EXHIBIT

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July 16, 2020
The Sweetwater County Historical Museum recently completed an enhanced exhibit at the County Courthouse in Green River entitled "Mapping Our History: Surveying & Engineering in Sweetwater County." The new exhibit is an expanded version of a previous display of surveying instruments, books, and other items that belonged to the late Richard (Dick) C. Day, a distinguished former employee of Sweetwater County.
Day was an acclaimed civil engineer, land surveyor, and longtime resident of Rock Springs. Thanks to the efforts of Wayne Johnson, his former employer and colleague, Day's collection was donated to the County Museum.
Shortly after the Day Exhibit initially opened, a second collection of surveying artifacts was donated by John T. Nelson, Sweetwater County’s first full-time county engineer. To accommodate Nelson's collection, the exhibit grew fourfold, from a small five-foot case into two 10-foot cases.
With the expansion, interpretive wall panels were added to the exhibit, featuring the history of surveying and engineering in Sweetwater County and the West. Contributors to the project’s content and research included Mary Dunnewald, Tom Crank, Wayne Johnson, John T. Nelson, Mark Kot, Gene Legerski, and County Commissioner Wally Johnson.
The exhibit is located in the hallway near the front entrance of the Sweetwater County Courthouse at 80 West Flaming Gorge Way in Green River. It may be viewed during business hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Due to COVID-13 restrictions, the public may only enter the Courthouse through the front entrance on Flaming Gorge Way and are asked to exit the 2nd floor west entrance on North 1st West. Visitors are asked to observe social distancing and face masks, while optional, are recommended.
The County Museum is located at 3 E. Flaming Gorge way in Green River is open. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00 PM, and closed on Sundays and national holidays. Admission is free.

THE SWEETWATER COUNTY MUSEUM BEAVER NOW OFFICIALLY HAS A NAME

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In May, the Sweetwater County Historical Museum announced a special competition: the children of the county were invited to participate in a Name the Museum Beaver Contest.

The winning entry was “Chewie,” submitted by three Green River siblings: Kaida Radtke, 9, Sylvie Radtke, 7, and their three-year-old brother Corbin. They were awarded a very special 500-piece jigsaw puzzle of downtown Green River, created by folk artist Eric Dowdle.

Paiglee Hess, 5, also of Green River, was named contest runner-up for her entry, “Cloudy.” Paiglee took home a prize of her own: a package of tree bark pencils.

The Museum has now re-opened to the public. Museum staff recently reorganized the gallery - including Chewie’s display platform - to open up space and create a new one-way tour route marked by arrows on the gallery floor.

The Museum is located at 3 E. Flaming Gorge way in Green River. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00 PM, and closed on Sundays and national holidays. Admission is free.

Sweetwater County Historical Museum Is Officially Open

The Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River reopened to the public on Monday, June 15. Please be aware of the following health and safety guidelines.
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Museum Director Brie Blasi said that full measures will be in place to ensure the safety of Museum visitors.

Blasi explained that Museum staff spent the last week reorganizing the gallery to open up space and create a new one-way tour route marked by arrows on the gallery floor.

Only two groups or parties will be admitted to the gallery at a time. Once those group have completed their tour, the next can begin their own visit.

"Our goal is to keep the experience of a tour of the Museum as normal as possible for everyone," Blasi said. She encouraged anyone with questions to contact the Museum at (307) 872-6435 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The County Museum is located at 3 E. Flaming Gorge way in Green River. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10:00AM to 6:00 PM, and closed on Sundays and national holidays. Admission is free.

 

Sweetwater County Museum is Open as of June 15, 2020

The following guidelines are in place for all visitors and staff until public health orders are lifted.  Please follow them while in the building.

 

Please be aware we are managing the number of visitors in the building at one time.

Please use hand sanitizer upon entering the building.

Please sign in to help with contact tracing if necessary.

Please use a face covering at all times while in the museum.

Please practice physical distancing and maintain 6 feet distance from other visitors and staff.

Please make sure to follow all signage, including marked directional arrows in the gallery.

Please use the elevator to access public bathrooms in the basement.

Use of the research library is by appointment only.

The museum gift shop is closed for browsing but staff is happy to assist with a purchase.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND FOR FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES!

COUNTY MUSEUM GOVERNING BOARD SOON TO HAVE A VACANCY

June 8, 2020

A seat will soon come open on the Governing Board of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum.

The five people on the Museum Board serve a three-year term and meet the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 PM, either in person at the Museum in Green River or, as has been the case lately, in an on-line conference.

The Board oversees the Museum’s Director and Museum finances and plays a key role in administration of museum operations.

An application form to be submitted to the Sweetwater County Board of Commissioners can be found at the Sweetwater County website here.

 

For more information, contact Museum Director Brie Blasi at (307) 872-6435 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.