SCLT thanks Carrie Edinger for her help connecting people to land and history. Carrie joined SCLT in 2019 as an AmeriCorps VISTA. With creativity, enthusiasm and passion, Carrie was able to preserve and tell stories of Sheridan County’s past today, so they aren’t forgotten tomorrow as our first-ever History Program Manager. We are excited to see what she continues to create at The Brinton Museum!
SCLT is committed to connecting people to land and history and there are many more stories to preserve and tell. To do that, we are actively looking for our next History Program Manager. This is a full-time, year-round position with salary and benefits. If you, or someone you know you, would be a great person to continue preserving and telling Sheridan County’s stories, please let us know. Learn more about the position here >> https://sheridanclt.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/2023JobDecsription_History-Program-Manager.pdf
In the meantime, here are some fantastic ways you can connect to land and history directly:
- Join us on Tuesday, May 9, from 10:30 am to 12 noon at The Hub on Smith in Sheridan for Iron Riders: The Great 1896-97 Bicycle Experiment.
- During the 1890s, the invention of the bicycle was seen as a new symbol of personal freedom of travel for ordinary people of America without the expense of a horse, carriage, or train. The great bicycle experiment from 1896 – 97 was a US Military transportation test with the 25th Infantry Regiment from Fort Missoula, MT to St. Louis, MO and traveled through Sheridan County. Join history enthusiast and SCLT boardmember Todd Wold, who will guide you through the Army’s Historic Black Bicycle Corps, known as the Iron Riders, on their 1900-mile ride, the challenges of the western route and the 125th Anniversary of the ride.
- Join us on Tuesday, May 16, from 10:30 am to 12 noon at the TRVCC in Dayton for Plains Indian Music as Ceremony and Medicine, with Dr. Shane Doyle.
- Shane’s engaging program “Messages from Medicine Wheel Country” was well received last spring. SCLT is excited to bring him back to the Bighorns for this exciting program about the cultural significance of Northern Plains style songs and the dances that accompany them. RSVP for this program here >> https://sheridanclt.org/events/explore-history-trvcc-plains-indian-music-as-ceremony-and-medicine/
- Explore History Weekend on Saturday, May 27 is postponed. The planned Historic Railroad District Walking Tour is a working draft. If you would like to help put the finishing touches on what promises to be a fascinating tour, please contact Brad Bauer via email or call our office at 307-673-4702.
- There is a great summer of Explore History programs lined up that will get you outside in the fresh air. They include a tour and history of Padlock Ranch, the debut of the new History Along the Soldier Ridge Trail: A Walking Tour and the Big Goose Creek Walking Tour.
- Learn about history through our program archives. We’ve recently added a video from our April programs about the Bighorn National Forest History which tells tales taken from many boxes of archives donated to the Jim Gathcell Memorial Museum in Buffalo. It features presenters Sylvia Bruner of the Gatchell and Jim Cope, a retired forest wilderness manager. See all of our videos and programs here >> https://sheridanclt.org/tours/
- While you’re there, you can also take a historical tour. The Black Diamond Trail Driving Tour and the Big Goose Walking Tour are both available through TravelStorysGPS. After a long, long winter, spring is a perfect time to get out and connect with our land and history!
- Speaking of, History Along the Soldier Ridge Trail: A Walking Tour will be available on TravelStorysGPS soon. New interpretive signs for the Black Diamond Trail and the Tongue River Water Trail will be installed this spring and summer. We are excited to tell these stories and you’ll see them on the ground very soon.
- You can also follow along with our ongoing #TBT series on Facebook and Instagram.