Our mission is to recognize our rural Western past -- to celebrate our present -- and to preserve traditional skills for the future.
Until the widespread invention of water-powered and steam-powered machines in the 1700s and 1800s, most families built their own shelter and made their own clothes. They grew or hunted their food. When people moved to cities, people no longer had to do everything for themselves. But people in rural areas still grew much of what they ate - made what they wore - what they played with - and the tools with which they worked.
Many people who came to Wyoming from 1880 to 1920 were first-generation immigrants. They came from England, Ireland, Germany, Italy, Scandinavia, Czechoslovakia, Poland and Russia. They brought with them the traditions of their home countries - foods, songs, dances, stories and skills.
Some of those traditions are still practiced, but many are being lost. It is our goal to help preserve those traditions - to teach the skills to preserve them - and to adapt them to today's world.