“With eighty men I could ride through the entire Sioux nation.” The story of the Fetterman Fight, near Fort Phil Kearney in present-day Wyoming in 1866, is based entirely on this infamous declaration attributed to Capt. William J. Fetterman. Historical accounts cite this statement in support of the premise that bravado and contempt for the fort’s commander, Col. Henry B. Carrington, compelled Fetterman to disobey direct orders from Carrington and lead his men into an ambush by an alliance of Plains Indians.
In the aftermath of the incident, Carrington’s superiors positioned him as solely accountable for the “massacre” by suppressing exonerating evidence. In the face of this betrayal, Carrington’s first and second wives came to their husband’s defense by publishing books presenting his version of the deadly encounter. Although several of Fetterman’s soldiers and fellow officers disagreed with the women’s accounts, their chivalrous deference to women’s moral authority during this age of Victorian sensibilities enabled Carrington’s wives to present their story without challenge.
Tuesday, April 23, 6 pm at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum, Shannon Smith, Executive Director, Wyoming Humanities will give a presentation on Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight. She is the author of “Give Me Eighty Men”: Women and the Myth of the Fetterman Fight, winner of the 2009 Wyoming State Historical Society non-fiction book award and is working on a biography of Frances Grummond Carrington, one of the officers’ wives who wrote about her experiences in Wyoming Territory.
In 2013, Shannon was selected as the sixth executive director for Wyoming Humanities, our state’s affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and one of 56 state and territorial humanities councils. She grew up in Gordon, Nebraska, 15 miles south of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1982 and worked for two decades in the software industry in New York City, Boston, and Denver. Shannon returned to the University of Nebraska where she received a master’s in American History in 2001 and began her teaching and writing career focusing on women in the West and in Wyoming in particular. From 2002-2009 she taught at Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
The Campbell County Rockpile Museum is located at 900 W 2nd Street in Gillette. This presentation is free, and open to the public.
"I have enjoyed hearing how the Gillette Area Leadership Institute has evolved since I was a part of it. I have always encouraged everyone to be a part of GALI, to learn about our fabulous community and all that it offers, as well as participating in the many networking and marketing opportunities that are available at an exceptional value to its members."
Chele Schamber recently took over the Miss Wyoming Scholarship Organization as the Executive Director. They are looking to build a new board with representation from across the state.
Miss America 2.0 has created an evolution for the program from a pageant focus to a competition that centers on the candidate and talent. It provides young women an opportunity to further their personal and professional goals and instills a spirit of community service through a variety of unique national and community-based programs. Miss America partners with Children's Miracle Network to fundraise in all states as well as give state titleholders an opportunity to mentor children.
This year, the Miss Wyoming and Outstanding Teen competition is located in Sheridan, Wyoming on June 22nd, at the Wyo Theatre. This is the only state qualifier for Miss America and Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
Titleholders spend a year of service promoting their personal platform, travel throughout the state performing their talent and giving public addresses and appearances at various events. This program not only provides scholarship funds but an opportunity to gain public speaking experiences, network with businesses throughout the state, sponsorships throughout the country and build friendships throughout the United States.
For a list of open volunteer positions and their descriptions, click here. For a board application, click here.
Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) is excited to announce that Emily Graslie, The Field Museum’s Chief Curiosity Correspondent and host of the science YouTube channel The Brain Scoop, will be the keynote speaker at CWAM’s 2019 Annual Meeting in Gillette, Wyoming. The annual meeting will be held May 23 to 25 at CAM-PLEX, 1635 Reata Dr., and Emily will speak at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24. Tickets will be available March 1 at CWAM-US.org.
Born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota, Emily has been a museum advocate since 2011, when she began volunteering at the University of Montana’s Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum. In 2013, she joined The Field Museum where she uses a variety of new media to communicate the importance of natural history museums with the world. Emily has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work, including the American Alliance of Museum's Nancy Hanks Award for Professional Excellence. She’s a six-time Webby Award honoree and nominee in the ‘Online Science/Education Channel’ and ‘Web Personality/Host’ categories; a member of the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list in Education; and was named as a ‘Person of the Year’ in 2017 by the Chicago Tribune.
The theme for the Annual Meeting is “Energy for Impact,” focusing on re-energizing museum workers and volunteers and, in turn, energizing the public. On this topic, Emily will speak about the value of curiosity and its impactful role in museums.
Learn more about the Annual Meeting at CWAM-US.org. Tickets will be available March 1. Session proposals will be accepted through Feb. 1.
The CWAM 2019 Annual Meeting is generously supported in part by grants from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources; the Papers of William F. Cody; and the Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
MKB's The Reservoir, a restaurant and bar in Pine Haven near Keyhole State Park, is one of the Campbell County Chamber's newest members.
The newly remodeled and renovated space also has a revamped menu. They've been going strong for a few months now, adding special events all the time, like Thursday Ladies Night, and a Vendors Show over the holidays.
This coming Tuesday, February 5, they'll be hosting a Sip 'N Paint event. It includes all materials, even the apron. All ages are welcome.
You can follow The Reservoir on Facebook or Instagram, or RSVP to the event here.
Devils Tower National Monument always has something going on for visitors, and this summer -- with the help of the the Devils Tower Natural History Association -- is going to be jam-packed with educational and fun events.
Ranger programs are presented year-round, but in the summers from Memorial Day to Labor Day, there will be evening presentations Sunday through Thursday starting at 8:30 p.m. in the amphitheater across from the picnic area. Here's the big list of events starting this week: