Outreach

The museum administers a unique historic property, the Reliance Tipple, located at the town of Reliance, 5 miles north of Rock Springs.Please contact our Public Engagement Coordinator to schedule tours, school visits, or other programs. Schools, families, and other groups are welcome. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For content you can access right now from home, please see our Digital Outreach page. 

School Outreach

The museum has an exciting Education Kit program including one about history and cultural diversity in Rock Springs. Get more information on it here.

Pre-school Outreach

The museum has a fun program on animals designed just for preschool classrooms! Participants explore several animals including a buffalo pelt, while exploring ideas like "Big/Little", "Inside/Outside", and "Hard/Soft". If you are interested in bringing this program to your preschool contact us at 307-872-6435, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If there is another topic you would like to see a program developed for please let us know and we will see what we can do!

3rd Grade History Fair

The museum has reimagined their traditional 3rd grade history tours and created an interactive History Fair that incorporates hands-on activities to bring history alive. It usually occurs the second week of May.

All other grades may request a traditional gallery, downtown, or courthouse tour by contacting us and scheduling a tour time.

Classroom Outreach

We offer in person and digital outreach to age groups for schools in both Sweetwater County School Disctricts. If you are looking for a particular topic for your class please let us know, and we will see if we can produce a resource for you. All of these programs can be given virtually or in person. These programs can also be adapted for scout groups and more. More information on each program can be found on our YouTube channel, there are trailers for some of our more popular programs.

Some common topics for presentations include:

  • Cold War at Home (typically for older students)
    • See YouTube trailer here
  • Sweetwater County Animals (typically for younger students)
  • How the Rock Cycle helped decide how Native American communities lived 
  • Chinese New Year
  • Sweetwater County History overview
  • Lake Gosiute and Trona
  • Dinosaurs and other Ancient Creatures
    • In person presentation includes a dinosaur bone
  • Westward Expansion
    • An education kit, and youtube video are also available on this subject
  • Sheepherding and wool
    • In person presentation involves a live carding and spinning demonstration
  • John Wesley Powell
  • The Fur Trade
  • The evolution of hunting technology: Arrowheads to muskets and beyond
    • In person includes arrowhead casts and can include a "musket" loading activity (no gunpowder or real firearms are involved!) 

If you do not see a topic you would like discussed please let us know and we would love to see if we can build a program that fits your needs.

 

 

Adult Programs

Museum staff offer special programs on a variety of subjects to adult groups, such as retirement homes and service organizations. If you are interested in topics or booking a program, please contact the museum.

Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering to help give any of the programs listed above please contact the museum at 307-872-6435, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Off-site Exhibits

Sweetwater County is over 10,000 square miles. In order to better serve the entire community, the museum has developed several off-site exhibits around the county. Currently, we have exhibits at the Rock Springs airport, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County, and the Superior community center. We are currently developing other off-site exhibits. Please check our news page regularly for updates. The Reliance Tipple, featured at left, is owned by the museum. This is one of only two coal tipples left in the state and is the only metal one. The tipple is not open to the public but there are interpretive signs around the exterior for more information about its history.