Join us on Friday, September 22 starting at 5:30 pm, for the Museum at the Bighorns’ first History Happy Hour. This free and casual program invites local experts to weigh in on a variety of historical topics, share insights, answer questions, all while enjoying a beverage of choice. Retired fireman and board member, Greg Luhman will lead a discussion, focused on the 1988 Ritz Fire. More than just a sporting goods store, the Ritz was a place to connect with the community. People still fondly recall the owner, Sam Mavrakis, hand tying flies and building fishing rods. The program will be held outside on the museum porch and attendees are encouraged to bring a comfy camp chair along with their questions and comments. BYOB. No registration necessary.
In case of bad weather, the event will be moved inside the museum. Bring a chair and a beverage of your choice, and we'll find a warm and cozy spot to hang out!
Elected officials and leaders and staff from government agencies and local nonprofit organizations are invited to join the staff and board from the Museum at the Bighorns on Wednesday, August 16 for an open house from 3 to 6 pm. Staff will be on hand to talk about upcoming programs, exhibits, and how visitors can learn more about the culture and heritage of Sheridan and the greater Bighorn Mountain region. Complimentary food and drinks provided.
Become a member of the Museum at the Bighorns and join us at the Members' Summer Porch Party on Friday, July 21 at 5:30 pm. As a member, you'll enjoy free admission and special perks like discounts on special events and museum store purchases. When you join before July 20, you'll receive 14 months of membership for the regular 12-month price. We look forward to welcoming you to the museum to celebrate our members and supporters on July 21 with museum friends and family, and to see all the changes taking place at the museum this summer.
Join the Museum at the Bighorns from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 28 for an open house for tourism industry and hospitality frontline staff. If you work in the frontlines of local businesses—gas stations, restaurants, hotels, and retail businesses—staff will be on hand to talk about upcoming programs, exhibits, and how visitors can learn more about the culture and heritage of the greater Bighorn Mountain region.
There is no charge to attend, but, registration at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-house-for-hospitality-frontline-staff-tickets-637486488247 is required.
Join the Museum at the Bighorns at 5:30 pm on Saturday, June 24 as we welcome historian Michael A. Amundson for a presentation and book signing of The Art and Life of Merritt Dana Houghton in the Northern Rockies, 1878-1919. This illustrated biography details the life of pen-and-ink artist Merritt Dana Houghton, who created over 200 bird's-eye sketches of communities throughout Wyoming and other western states. Amundson tells Houghton's story through extensive research including genealogical records, newspaper accounts, and Houghton's own illustrations including a reproduction of a four-foot by eight-foot view of Sheridan. This event is free and open to the public.
Michael A. Amundson is a professor of history at Northern Arizona University and the author of Yellowcake Towns, Passage to Wonderland, Wyoming Revisited, The Art and Life of Merritt Dana Houghton, and co-editor of Atomic Culture.
The Museum at the Bighorns will host a pancake breakfast May 21 from 7:30 am-10:30 am in coordination with the annual Eaton Ranch horse drive. Each year, the ranch moves its horses from east of Sheridan to the ranch at the base of the Bighorn Mountains. The horses travel east on Fifth Street through Sheridan as part of the drive. The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage patties, orange juice and coffee. The cost for the breakfast is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Tickets include free admission to the museum during the pancake breakfast.