The museum is selling raffle tickets again, and we would like to thank everyone who is helping. Thank you to our sponsors, the Kaycee General Store and the Kaycee Sinclair as well as the Sports Lure. Thank you to all of the local vendors and individuals who are selling tickets for us: The Invasion Bar and Restaurant, The Cassidy Inn, KC RV Park, The Kaycee General Store, and the Kaycee Sinclair. This is an important fundraiser for the museum so thank you for the support!
On August 19th the museum held its annual Johnson County War Tour beginning in Kaycee at the museum. The tour was completely full, with 45 attendees traveling by bus the approximate route of the Invaders in April of 1892 and stopping at the Tisdale and Jones Assassination sites. John W. Davis, author of Wyoming Range War, and Brock Hanson were tour historical guides and speakers with John presenting additional background information at the conclusion of the tour at the museum.
The Hoofprints of the Past Museum is co-hosting an event put on by the Alliance for Historic Wyoming and local Alliance member, Trish Ullery. The event will begin at 10:00 am at the Ullery Ranch (26095 Old Highway 87) where participants will tour several recently restored homestead structures. Restored buildings include Clara Ullery’s Cottage, a chicken house, and a horse barn. There will also be on on-site window restoration demonstration by a window restoration expert.
After the tour at Ullery’s, participants will have lunch in Kaycee before heading to the museum. There, Mary Humstone formerly of the University of Wyoming and the National Trust for Historic Preservation will present “Barn Again,” a program on preserving old barns. Laurel Foster will give a brief overview of the museum and its collections. Members of the Alliance for Historic Wyoming will have a table set up with information on the organization.
If you are interested in the event, or have questions, please contact Laurel at the museum 738-2381.
In 2009 the museum released its perpetual calendar with a variety of true short stories and accounts from many local individuals. Sandy Dixon and Ginger Curuchet had gathered many of these stories to help create the calendar. John Hanson was interested in putting all these stories into a short book for sale at the museum, and worked with Sandy Dixon to do so this spring. John paid the cost of printing the book as a donation to the museum, and the book is now for sale at the museum. It is a great little book with interesting tidbits from our history and all sales will help support the museum.
Thank you John and Sandy for your hard work on this project!
The Hoofprints of the Past Museum was pleased to have John W. Davis, author of the recently released book “The Trial of Tom Horn” discuss his new book at the museum. Participants enjoyed Davis’ unique legal perspective on the famous Wyoming trial and its fascinating subject, Tom Horn. We appreciate the time Mr. Davis spent with us sharing his excellent and well researched book.
If you missed the presentation and are interested in purchasing this book, please contact the museum.
The annual Hole in the Wall Tour will be held on June 10th of this year. The tour is an important fundraiser for the museum and is a very enjoyable day in a beautiful area.
The recently added Johnson County War Tour will be held on August 19th of this year. This coincides with the Eclipse Festival Week in Casper, Wyoming during which thousands from around the country will be in the region to view the Solar Eclipse on August 21st. If you are interested in either of these tours, please visit our tours page for more information or to register. Space is limited so registration in advance is required.
In a change from previous years’ fall rifle raffle, this year the museum will be raising funds by selling raffle tickets for Cabela’s gift cards. First prize is $500, second prize is $300 and the cards can be redeemed online, in store, or via catalogue. The drawing will be held on December 6th and winners need not be present to win. Tickets cost $10 for one ticket, and $25 for three tickets. We really appreciate the support of the local businesses that are willing to sell them: Invasion Bar and Restaurant, Kaycee Sinclair, and Big Horn Meats. Tickets are also available at the museum, or from a museum board member. We are also grateful for the many individuals who buy them each year. Thank you!
The Hoofprints of the Past Museum has seen a steady stream of visitors this summer. Travelers from all over the country, and surprisingly quite a few Europeans have strayed from I-25 into the museum. We really appreciate the efforts of the local merchants and Chamber of Commerce who direct them our way. Many also come to see the Chris Ledoux Memorial Park. The reviews of the museum have been very positive, and many visitors are surprised to find such a great museum in our little town. According to the director, the visitor numbers so far for June and July are higher than last year, which is great news.
John Tinnin is a regular face around the museum. With a number of old buildings to maintain and new improvements and projects on the
property, his carpenter skills have been an invaluable contribution to the museum. From chinking to staining, landscaping to minor repairs or even building display cases, John is performing important work at the museum. In addition, his work is impeccable. He recently constructed a trash enclosure, for which he donated the materials and labor. There have been a number of volunteer carpenters over the years at the museum, such as Jiggs James, Chuck Taffner and too many others to name, but John will take his place beside them in the Hall of Hoofprints Carpentry Fame. Thank you John!
The Museum held a pre-opening open house on May 29th to share recently completed new displays. With the addition of two tall wood and glass cases, constructed by John Tinnin, the museum was able to reorganize and rearrange existing displays to better display items in the collection. Recently received new artifacts and display signage were added, while existing collection items were rearranged more precisely by topic and historical chronology. New sections/displays on the the Bozeman Trail and Fort Reno were created, and old displays on the Outlaws and Johnson County War were expanded with some great new items added to the collection.
We still have room for some very special historical items, and are particularly looking for anything connected with local outlaws, the Bozeman Trail, the Townsend Fight, local trappers, other local early individuals and participants in the Johnson County War. Please contact the museum if you would like to discuss placing an artifact on loan to the museum.
If you were unable to make the open house during this very busy time of year, we hope you will still stop by sometime soon. Our hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00-5:00, and Sundays from 1:00-5:00.
We would like to thank the Johnson County Recreation District for assisting with the cost of the cases.