A Bit About Our Past & Future
The Sheridan County Chapter of the Wyoming State Historical Society was founded in 1960 and played a large role in saving both the Sheridan Inn and John Kendrick’s Trail End from demolition. Through the years we have published books, conducted tours, held regular dinner meetings with programs, nominated worthy candidates for state historical Society awards, and supported other historical activities. From 1991 until 2004, we exhibited some of our collections in the Sheridan Inn Basement.
In 2002, the Society hired a professional museum curator to catalog, assess, and improve the preservation of our collections. In 2003, the Sheridan Chapter hosted the Wyoming State Historical Society Trek and we were recognized as the outstanding chapter that year. Gaining more community support for our efforts, one thing lead to another, and In 2004, the collections were moved to a small house on Alger Avenue, where the Sheridan County Museum presented its first season’s exhibits. We also began the Sheridan County Memory Book Project. With the collection now under professional care, more artifact donations found their way to the little museum and more of our local history was preserved. That same year, the Society became a local sponsor for the National History Day, and hosts the regional competitions for grades 6-12 every April. Within a very short time it became evident that the little museum on Alger Avenue was way too small.
In 2005, we received an offer we couldn’t refuse. A substantial discount was made to the purchase price of the former Bubba’s Barbeque Restaurant and we went to work to see if we could raise One Million Dollars! In only four months, and with much community support, the Society raised over $1 million in donations and pledges. About nine months later, the doors of the new Sheridan County Museum opened on July 1st, 2006. Needless to say, our work has just begun, there’s plenty to do, and we invite you to become a Society or Museum member.