Annual Outdoor Concert, 6 – 8:30 pm
Join the Meeteetse Museums for an outdoor concert in celebration of Cowboy Day. Miss V, the Gypsy Cowbelle, will open for the musical group Ospa. The group will present music of Galicia, Ireland, Quebec, and the Basque Country. Ospa will teach the audience about the cultural traditions behind each style of music, play samples, and discuss the similarities and differences between the musical types. They will also discuss how these traditions, especially the Basque, played a role in Wyoming's cultural history. Instruments introduced to the audience will include the violin, viola, diatonic button accordion, Basque trikitixa accordion, piano, Irish and Galician bagpipes, alboka, and the Basque and Galician style pandero. The performance will be a cross-cultural learning experience for all ages with a focus on comparative music and historical Basque ties to Wyoming and even the Meeteetse area.
Food will be available at the concert, but guests are asked to bring their own chairs. Admission to the event is free.
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 group might also visit the Timber Creek Dude Ranch restoration site this year. The tour leaves from the museum at 9:30 am. Free admission.
Annual Ghost Town of Kirwin Tour, 10:30 am
Join the Meeteetse Museums and Shoshone National Forest for a tour of the historic town of Kirwin. The tour offers an up-close and personal look at the abandoned mining town located in the high Absaroka Mountains. Tour participants will explore the storage/shop facilities, cabins, sheds, mining offices, various collapsed structures, assay office, and machinery remaining at the location. 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. Admission is free.
August 30 - September 2
Labor Day Events at the Meeteetse Museums
Annual Chatelaine Quilt Guild Show, August 31 - September 2
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. Admission is free.
Book Signing, September 2
Stop by the museum during the Meeteetse Labor Day festivities to meet author, Nancy Weidel. Her book "Sheepwagon: Home on the Range" will be available for purchase and she will gladly sign your copy.
Ice, Elk, and Archaeology, 1 pm
Join the Meeteetse Museums September 7th at 1 pm for a presentation by Dr. Larry Todd on ice patch archaeology and elk migration corridors in Park County. Admission is free.
Park County is home to breathtaking landscapes and rich histories. Among these landscapes are ice patches, areas where the snow pack has turned into perennial ice. These ice patches have trapped information about Wyoming prehistoric peoples and environment. Organic materials are preserved in the anaerobic environment created by the ice patches. As organic materials are not typically preserved in archaeological settings, ice patches present a rare opportunity to learn about prehistoric peoples and their environment.
Building on previous research, Dr. Larry Todd will present on prehistoric archaeological materials and contemporary elk migration corridors, as researched through the Wyoming Migration Initiative.
September 28 (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, plus ferret-related presentations. Admission is free.
Christmas in Meeteetse
Events at the Meeteetse Museums include the annual performance by the Cody Chamber Ensemble. Free refreshments and Christmas pastries will also be served.
*Please note that all events are subject to change.
*Exhibit openings and other programs occur throughout the year and may not be listed on
the initial 2019 Calendar. Please check our website and Facebook periodically for updates.