Over the last year, the museum has been working with the Kaycee Community Voice to preserve and share the many historical interviews that ran in the paper over the years. The Voice gathered all the articles together, retyping in some cases, and gave them to the museum to put into a book format. The text had to be formatted for consistency, readability and printing as well as edited for any spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. The articles were ordered by date, and a table of contents and index were added. The book is 303 pages, and just as the original interviews were wonderful to read, so is this book. The reader will know many of the people, places and families, but may not know how amazing some of these people were or are. If you want to know Kaycee history and all the fascinating early history of the area this is a great start. It is for sale, at the museum, for $20 plus tax. Since we are closed until May, we will have it available at the annual talk on February 16th or call the museum and we will arrange to get it to you on a staff workday at the museum or by mail. All proceeds support the museum.
Recently the museum greatly revised and expanded the museum produced book “Kaycee: A Photo History” and it is now available to purchase at the museum. There are almost twenty additional pages from the 2013 printing, additional historical topics, and many more photos, including a previously unknown Nate Champion photo. The book is an essential addition to any local history book collection and makes a great gift for family members and visitors.
You may purchase the books at the museum, by phone (307-738-2381) or on our website at www.hoofprintsofthepast.org
Hoofprints of the Past Museum is pleased to have Spencer R. Pelton present Bison Hunting in Hole-in-the-Wall Country: Results of the Wold Bison Jump
This presentation provides an overview of prehistoric bison hunting on the northern Plains, reconstructs the events that occurred at the Wold Bison Jump, and then contextualizes those events relative to other bison jumps across the Plains.
Driving bison off cliffs during large scale hunts (or “bison jumping”) was a widespread practice among Native Americans living on the northern Plains of Montana, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, but less so among groups living in Wyoming. In fact, the Wold Bison Jump, located on the Hole in the Wall Ranch west of Kaycee, WY, is one of a very few number of bison jumps in Wyoming. The University of Wyoming conducted research at this bison jump in 2013 and 2014, finding evidence for a single, rather catastrophic bison jump event and potentially tying the jump to the ancestral Crow.
Spencer Pelton received his PhD from the University of Wyoming in 2018. He has worked on archaeological sites in Wyoming for the past six years, most recently at the Powars II Paleoindian ocher quarry, the La Prele Clovis site, and the Sisters Hill Paleoindian site. Spencer lives in Douglas, WY with his wife Hallie and their dog Cashew, where he works for Transcon Environmental as a senior archaeologist.
At 1:30 before the presentation the Hoofprints of the Past Museum Board will hold a brief meeting and annual report on the museum’s 2018 activities. Coffee and cookies will be served.
Hoofprints of the Past Museum working diligently to preserve our buildings. A project for 2019 we are working to complete is adding soffits to the north side of the building. This will ensure our buildings will last for years to come by protecting our roof from damage. If you are willing to help with this museum need, your donation would be greatly appreciated.
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Have you visited the museum recently? If not, you may want to stop by soon and see the new collections and displays added at the museum. One of the more significant items is the Al Smith pistol, shot from his hand in the Hole in the Wall Fight in 1897. The museum will also be premiering a new rotating annual display on a local person or family in June. This year’s featured individual is Sandy Dixon and the museum has been working with Sandy’s friends and family to create a display that highlights the amazing person and life of Sandy with various items and artifacts from her collection.
On February 11 at 2:00 at the Harold Jarrard Park in Kaycee, historian and gun collector Joe Hickey will be speaking on historical guns of the Old West. Hickey will tell the story of various western weapons by weaving together the related famous Western individuals and events of the period. Joe has guns used by Butch Cassidy, Tom Horn, and many others. He is a fascinating speaker and makes it fun even for people who do not know very much about guns.
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.
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.
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!