History & News

Second graders visit County Museum

Aidan Brady stands in a twead suit in the museum gallery in front of a class of 2nd grade students with their hands raised and their teachers.

(Sweetwater County, Wyo. - May 4, 2023)     The Sweetwater County Historical Museum hosted a special tour Thursday morning for second grade students from Harrison Elementary School in Green River. The Museum’s Public Engagement Coordinator, Aidan Brady, conducted the tour and answered many questions from the group about ranching, mining, mountain men, Native Americans, frontier immigrants, the Pony Express, the railroad, dinosaurs, the Lincoln Highway, and John Wesley Powell.

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..

A Riner Snapshot

Left: a map showing the location of Riner, Wyoming. Right: A picture of a woman standing in front of a school. Text reads: 'Riner was a tiny train stop in Eastern Sweetwater County about 16 miles west of Rawlins.Pictured here is teacher Rose Dalard and her one-room schoolhouse in Riner, circa 1927. Named for John Alden Riner, Wyoming's first federal district judge, Riner had its own post office for two years, from 1910 to 1911.'

Green River High School hosts museum program

Left teenage students explore a table of items including a felt topper hat. Middle: Mountain Man Jim Bridger seated. Right: teenage students gather around a table full of items.

Photo #1 - Sophomores got a chance to handle a powder horn, pelts, a bow and arrow, antlers, a beaver trap, and other period-authentic items during Aidan Brady’s mountain man-fur trade presentation at the Green River High School. Famed mountain man Jim Bridger, pictured here, founded a trading post at Fort Bridger in 1843.     

(Sweetwater County, Wyo. - April 26, 2023)    In presentations throughout the day for 135 students attending the Green River High School’s sophomore Wyoming History class, mountain men and the fur trade were the topics of a recent Sweetwater County Historical Museum program.

The mountain man era of the early to mid 19th century was an important one in Wyoming and Sweetwater County history. There was heavy demand for beaver pelts in the east and Europe to provide felt for men’s hats. Public Engagement Coordinator Aidan Brady described how every year, from 1825 to 1840, at different locations in Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho, mountain men, trappers, and Native Americans gathered at rendezvous to sell their furs, trade for supplies, and celebrate. The first rendezvous, in 1825, was staged on Henry’s Fork, three miles northeast of Burntfork and about 40 miles southwest of Green River in what is now Sweetwater County.

The most famous mountain men included Kit Carson, John Colter, Jedediah Smith, Thomas Fitzpatrick, Joseph Walker, and Jim Bridger, who established the trading post named for him in what became Uinta County, Wyoming, in 1843, now a Wyoming state historic site. Bridger was among the greatest of American frontiersman, and at least a dozen major landmarks in the west now bear his name.

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..

New 3rd grade social studies curriculum brings Sweetwater County history to life

Two textbooks bound with coils sit side by side. One is labeled 'Teacher's Guide' the other is labeled 'Student workbook.' Both are part of the Unit 1 Alpha/pilot test for the textbook project.two teachers and Aidan Brady of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum sit with their alpha textbooks.

Photo #1 - History of Sweetwater County, Wyoming - the student’s workbook and teacher’s guide

Photo #2 - Public Engagement Coordinator Aidan Brady of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum with Sage Elementary teachers Sandi Lininger, center, and Marty Albert, right, and their pilot textbooks

(Sweetwater County, Wyo. - April 17, 2023)     The Sweetwater County Museum Foundation and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum are partnering with County School Districts #1 and #2 to produce a social studies textbook on local history for 3rd grade students. The new work is titled History of Sweetwater County, Wyoming .

Teachers from both school districts received pilot textbooks this week for them to try out in their classrooms. The pilot textbooks cover Unit 1 of the local history curriculum, which includes dinosaurs, fossil fish, coal and trona, maps and map skills, and early humans in Sweetwater County. The final textbooks will consist of four units.

The project's curriculum encompasses a student workbook, teacher's guide, digital presentation, and learning kits designed to enhance student learning. Existing museum resources are also utilized, including education kits and YouTube videos.

The textbook project is being funded by the Sweetwater County Museum Foundation, a non-profit fundraising organization that publishes books and supports other museum activities. Textbooks are being produced by a committee consisting of museum staff, local teachers, and volunteer members of the Foundation Board.

Fay Quiroz, M.Ed.Educator and Museum Foundation Board Member, is particularly enthusiastic about the project. "Our team wanted to provide a viable third-grade curriculum that is standards-based, relevant, and incorporates a digital component, making this accessible to any educator and their classrooms in Sweetwater County. In addition, we wanted to develop a highly engaging curriculum that emphasizes our own unique history in Sweetwater County and the students’ role in shaping our identity today."

Museum Executive Director Dave Mead praised the collaboration that is making the program possible. “Museum staff, educators, and board members working together provide a unique, composite perspective of Sweetwater County history for our students,” he said recently. “This is an exciting project and we’re proud to be part of it.”