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Re-Dedication of the Trappers Point Overlook, July 12
The Sublette County Historical Society is excited to announce the completion of upgrades to the Trappers Point Overlook. A 50th anniversary re-dedication ceremony will take place on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 10:00am at Trappers Point. Fur trade historian Jim Hardee will discuss the historic Green River Rendezvous, State Representative Albert Sommers will talk about the Green River Drift, and former Wyoming State Archaeologist Mark Miller will describe the significance of the Trappers Point pronghorn archaeology site. A free bus, sponsored by Sublette BOCES, will leave the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale at 9:30am for those who would prefer not to drive. Registration for the bus is recommended and available online at http://www.subletteboces.com/classes/.
This project restored and reinvented the Trappers Point Overlook monument and signs. The 10-acre site is owned and managed by the Sublette County Historical Society. Trappers Point started in 1968 as a location to overlook a newly established National Landmark, the Upper Green River Rendezvous Grounds, where six mountain man rendezvous were held from 1833-1840. The original dedication took place during Green River Rendezvous Days in July, 1968. Since that time, the location has become more significant, now overlooking two newer National Register of Historic Places sites: the Green River Drift and Trappers Point Archaeology. All three sites are of national significance. After 50 years, the overlook was showing signs of wear. It needed to be modernized while still respecting its own heritage and adding interpretation of the newly designated historic resources.
Because this site is the junction of three major historical activities (Fur Trade Rendezvous, Pronghorn migration archaeology, Green River Drift cattle operations), and has three designations on the National Register, this is a very important and complex historical site. It has received even more national recognition with Wyoming investing in new wildlife migration overpasses and underpasses along US 191 between Pinedale and Bondurant to protect migrating pronghorn and deer. The site is located 5 miles west of Pinedale near the Cora junction with WY 352.
Funding partners for the new signage include the Wyoming Office of Tourism, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, the Underwood Family Foundation, the Jonah Interagency Office (BLM) and the Sublette County Historic Preservation Board.
The mission of the Sublette County Historical Society is to preserve and interpret the history of the area that is now Sublette County, Wyoming. The vision for the Sublette County Historical Society is to be the center of excellence in the preservation and presentation of the artistic, historic and cultural history of Sublette County, WY. The Society endeavors to place Sublette County, WY in the broader context of Western history through its flagship Museum, The Museum of the Mountain Man, and through the interpretation of the archaeological record of the county.
Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund Awards Over $200,000
The Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund board awarded $215,177 to 28 projects around the state at their recent grant review meeting held in Jackson. This grant round was very competitive with 32 applications seeking over $405,000 in support.
Awards were given to a wide variety of projects, from art and music festivals, artists in residence, concert and theatre equipment, historic preservation, documentary productions, community celebrations and museum collections care. Below is a complete listing of awards by county.
- Action Resources International, Higher Ground Fair, $7,000
- Laramie Community Foundation, Inc., Touchstone Laramie 2018, $3,069
- Laramie Plains Civic Center Foundation, Inc., Gryphon Theatre Safety and Projector Upgrades, $22,400
- Lincoln Community Center, Inc., Laramie Cinco de Mayo Community Celebration, $1,300
- University of Wyoming Department of Art & Art History, Society for Photographic Education Northwest Chapter Conference, $5,000
- Campbell County Public Land Board (CAM-PLEX), Cirque Zuma Zuma, $10,000
- City of Rawlins, Rawlins Territory 150th Anniversary Celebration, $10,000
- Lander Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Lander LIVE Outdoor Concert Series 2018, $5,000
- Lander Community Concerts Association, 2018-19 Two Concerts, $4,500
- Wyoming PBS Foundation, State of Equality Documentary, $9,000
Hot Springs County
- Gift of the Waters, Inc., 2018 Gift of the Waters Pageant, $2,500
- Museum of the Occidental Hotel, Roof Project, $10,000
- Boulder Community Media/Wyoming Community Media, The Covered Wagon: Silent Cowboy Movies from a Tribal Perspective, $15,500
- City of Cheyenne, Historic Union Pacific Depot Restoration: Windows, $25,000
- Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum, Saddle Room Preservation Remodel, $3,639
- Friends of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, Artist Residency at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, $8,000
- Casper Artist’s Guild, Inc. (Art 321), Healing Through Art Initiatives, $1,100
- Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Music Director Search, $10,000
- City of Cody, Concerts in the Park 2018, $2,500
- Harry Jackson Museum, Year One Accessioning Continuation Staff Support, $9,564
- Wyoming State Historical Society, Wind River Tribal History for All, $8,500
- Pinedale Fine Arts Council, Summer Soundcheck Concert Series, $6,000
- Art Association of Jackson Hole, Business Skills for Artists, $2,045
- Dancers’ Workshop of Jackson Hole, Savion Glover Tap Program at Dancers’ Workshop, $10,000
- Jackson Hole Chorale, Two Free December Events, $5,000
- Jackson Hole Public Art, GLOW, $6,000
- Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Out West Fest, $5,000
- National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States, Collections Care: The Next 30 Years, $7,500