GEM to hold public meeting


The Grand Encampment Museum will hold a public meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3 at the Grand Encampment Opera House to discuss the future interpretation of the Peryam Transportation building and the Doc Culleton Interpretive Center.

The Museum has received a $25,000 Grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund to develop an interpretive plan that will guide the facility in interpreting local history. The Museum has hired Studio Tectonic of Boulder, CO, to prepare the plan.

As part of the launch of this planning work it is important that a wide range of stakeholders take part in discussions to provide direction, feedback, and to help craft interpretive goals for the Museum.

Tuesday’s public workshop will mark the beginning of the effort and it will help steer the direction of the project. Everyone interested in the stories, preservation, collection, and programs at the Grand Encampment Museum is invited to attend.

The intent of the workshop is to identify goals, to explain the interpretive planning process, to share information on how the plan will be used by the museum in the future, and to establish goals for the exhibit spaces.

The interpretative plan will generate a set of institutional and visitor goals. It also will evaluate the museum collection in order to develop future exhibits in ways that will enhance the visitor experience and meet educational goals for the museum.

"This process is important for the future of the museum," said Candy Moulton, a member of the Museum Board who is serving as project manager. "Interpretation is the core of what any museum does and this is the first time the Grand Encampment Museum has had the opportunity to develop a professional interpretive plan. The Museum Board strongly encourages everyone in the community to attend and share their ideas to help guide the museum in the future."

Studio Tectonic was founded by Seth Frankel, a museum leader with nearly twenty years of experience. He has worked for museums including at the Smithsonian Institution and for exhibition consulting firms in Washington, DC and Boulder. Among his recent projects are exhibits for the Washakie Museum & Cultural Center in Worland and the Colorado Chautauqua Association.

Working with Frankel to develop the plan is Caitlin McQuade. She has worked at several institutions, ranging from a small-town historical society to a world-renowned botanical garden to the National Park Service, most recently at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis.


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