Legend Rock Tour, 10:30 am
This tour of the ancient petroglyphs at Legend Rock State Archaeological Site will be led by BLM archaeologist Marit Bovee and John Fish, Assistant Superintendent of Hot Springs State Park. The event begins with a brief introduction to the site and continues with a close-up tour of the petroglyphs. The tour leaves the museum at 9:30 and begins on site at 10:30. Participants may join the group at Legend Rock if this is more convenient. Limited car-pooling is available from museum, but NOT guaranteed. Admission is free. Bring a lunch and binoculars.
V the “Gypsy Cowbelle” Live Performance; Historic Arland/”Lady in Blue” Presentation, 6 – 8:30 pm
In celebration of Cowboy Day in Meeteetse, the museum will again host an outdoor performance by “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle. Miss V will perform her original pioneer music plus some western favorites. Opening for the Cowbelle this year will be Clay Gibbons, who will present his very popular history of Arland, Wyoming, and the “Lady in Blue.” The event begins at 6 sharp. Admission is free. Delicious western-style food will be available!
Tour of the Historic Double Dee Guest Ranch, 10:30 am
This tour of the historic Double Dee Guest Ranch is led by staff of the Meeteetse Museums, Byron Bennett (whose family later owned the property), and Doug Johnston of the US Forest Service. Camille Anderson will also speak about her great grandfather, Carl Dunrud, who created the guest ranch. In addition, there will be a special appearance by “Amelia Earhart” (who stayed at the ranch in 1934), as well as a musical performance by “Miss V, the Gypsy Cowbelle!” New this year: staff will be posted to tell the history of a number of the Double Dee buildings. High clearance vehicles are required. Car-pooling is available, but NOT assured. The tour leaves the museum at 9:00 am and begins on site at 10:30. A side-trip to Kirwin on your own may be possible depending on the river level. This tour is free.
Tour of the Historic Pitchfork Ranch, 10 am
This tour will be led by Lenox Baker, Pitchfork Ranch owner, and Greg Luce, who restored the historic Otto Franc property. The event includes a tour of some of the ranch’s historic structures. Dr. Baker will discuss the ranch’s history and the restoration efforts that are currently underway. Visits to the Pitchfork Cemetery and the endangered black-footed ferret re-introduction area are also included. The tour leaves from the museum at 9:30 am. Free admission.
Annual Kirwin Tour, 10:30 am
This tour of the legendary ghost mining town of Kirwin is led by staff of the Meeteetse Museums, Shoshone National Forest, and others. Included for the first time is an exciting “River Ecosystem Tour” led by Ecologist Kassy Skeen of the US Forest Service. In addition, geologist Lynn Sessions will offer a presentation on the geology of the area and museum staff will explain the rich history of the site. Re-enactors portraying historical characters from Kirwin will also be part of this year’s event. The tour also permits a side trip to the remnants of the “Amelia Earhart summer cabin” where the aviatrix planned to live had she survived. High clearance vehicles are required. Limited car-pooling is available, but NOT guaranteed. The tour leaves the museum at 8:30 a.m. and begins on site at 10:30 a.m. The River Ecology Tour begins after the presentations. Admission is free.
September 2 - 4
Labor Day Events at the Meeteetse Museums
Annual Chatelaine Quilt Guild Show
This exhibit features beautiful and innovative textiles created by local quilters from the Chatelaine Quilt Guild. The show includes three dimensional, as well as orthodox, pieces. The exhibit closes in middle October. Admission is free.
September 22 (date, location, and components might change)
Annual Celebration of the Black-Footed Ferret
This celebration of the endangered species includes free posters, ferret masks, and refreshments. Admission is free.
Christmas in Meeteetse
Events at the Meeteetse Museums include a performance by the Cody Chamber Ensemble and book signing. Free refreshments and Christmas pastries will also be served.
*Please note that all events are subject to change.