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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!

MUSEUM ANNOUNCES SPECIAL CONTEST FOR KIDS

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May 14, 2020

For many, many years, a stuffed beaver has graced the gallery of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River, greeting all visitors, especially children.

But he (or she) has no name, and the Museum is calling on the children of Sweetwater County to remedy that with a naming contest.

Contestants are invited to submit their name suggestions to the Museum at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , along with their own name, age, and where they go to school. Entries will be limited to one per child, and one name suggestion.

You may post ideas for a name on the Museum Facebook page, but must also send an email that contains the required information.

The deadline for entries is midnight on May 31st; the winner will be announced during the first week of June.

The winner (or winners, in the event of duplicates) will receive a special prize from the Museum.

Board Meeting

The Sweetwater County Historical Museum's Board Meeting for September has been postponed until September 17th and 5:30 PM. The meeting will be held virtually, if you are interested in attending please contact the museum for more information on how to join in.

SWEETWATER COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE OUTREACH PROGRAM

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March 19, 2020

On Thursday, the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River launched a new program called “Wyoming and Sweetwater County History Outreach” (or WSCHO for short.)

In accordance with the Sweetwater County Board of Commissioners’ March 17th resolution, the Museum is temporarily closed to the public, but the staff is continuing to handle research requests via telephone and email, prepare and maintain exhibits, and foster its ongoing outreach programs and strategies.

“We’ve also just created a new digital / online outreach program we’re calling ‘Wyoming and Sweetwater County History Outreach,’” explained Brie Blasi, the County Museum’s Director. “With so many Sweetwater County residents staying home and all the schools in the county closed, we wanted a way to provide informative, educational, and entertaining historical material county-wide via the Internet.”

Through media releases, its Facebook page, and its website, the County Museum will provide links to online videos, websites, articles, and other resources related to Wyoming and Sweetwater County. The Museum is also preparing its own video and slideshow presentations that will appear on its current Facebook page and soon-to-be-available YouTube channel.

“For the time being, people can’t come to the Museum, so we’re doing whatever we can to bring the Museum to them,” Blasi said.

Museum staff can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (307) 872-6435. The new program can be found under the "Learn" tab under "Digital Outreach" and its Facebook page is at Facebook@SWCHM.

The new YouTube channel can be found at www.youtube.com/channel/UCASN18SFE4uVzY5Ny7T6YSA

WSCHO’s first three digital outreach links on YouTube are:

The Wyoming PBS feature “Prohibition in Wyoming” at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SndplfcnEo

A University of Wyoming Extension Program video about Sweetwater County at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yZl4mWavfs

“Wyoming's Atlantic Rim Historic Trails” about the Cherokee Trail and the Overland Trail at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNWG8EtOiP8