Best of Wyoming

Explore innovation throughout the state of Wyoming!

WPM’s ‘Best of Wyoming’ offers snapshots of creative and inspirational ventures in communities across the state. If you have recommendations for this page, please e-mail Best of Wyoming’s curator (ddenison@uwyo.edu) or post upcoming events in the Wyoming Public Media calendar.

Each month a different community is featured. The pages below feature Artists, Performers, Wyoming Heritage and the Great Outdoors in each community. For other nonprofits in the state, visit the Wyoming Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations page. Listen to local history on the WPM Wyoming Stories page.

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Best of Wyoming
1:16 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Rock Springs Historical Museum

Rock Springs Historical Museum

The Rock Springs Historical Museum is housed in the original Rock Springs City Hall. The building was built in 1894 at an original cost of $28,200.  The funds for the construction did not come from the ever present Union Pacific Coal Company and Railroad, but from revenues collected in the issuing of liquor licenses.  The building is built from native sandstone and boasts an impressive 14-foot foundation that was made necessary by the presence of "quicksand" at the site.

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Best of Wyoming
9:30 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Community Fine Arts Center – Rock Springs

Community Fine Arts Center

The Community Fine Arts Center houses a collection of over 600 original American paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures owned by Sweetwater County School District # 1. Artists represented in the collection include Norman Rockwell, Grandma Moses, Forrest Moses, Loren McGiver, Elliott Orr, Edward Chavez, Paul Horiuchi, Ilya Bolotowsky, Raphael Soyer, and Rufino Tamayo. Paintings by well known Wyoming, Western, and local artists are also on display. The collection continues to grow through purchases and donations.

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Best of Wyoming
11:04 am
Tue September 4, 2012

WWCC Art Gallery - Rock Springs

WWCC Art Gallery

The Western Wyoming College Art Gallery is located at 2500 College Drive in Rock Springs, as you enter the main entrance to the building.   It is an adjunct to the Art Program at the college and serves to introduce students and the greater community to new concepts in materials’ use or ideas of contemporary visual investigation.  

Best of Wyoming
8:33 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Fort Bridger’s History - 30 Miles East of Evanston

Fort Bridger State Park

By 1840, the Fur Trade Era, with its keen competition for beaver pelts, its raucous reputation for rendezvous, and its solid association with all that was wild and untamed in the Rocky Mountain West, was drawing its last breath. Mountain men who had survived the rigors of the wilderness were forced to seek new methods of employment. Two of those men, Jim Bridger and Louis Vasquez, teamed up to operate a trading post in order to provide much needed services for the rapidly increasing number of settlers passing through on the way to their promised lands.

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Best of Wyoming
4:30 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Young Musicians – Evanston

Young Musicians

Young Musicians Inc. is the premier non-profit arts-presenting organization in Southwest Wyoming.  Its mission is to present year-long arts and cultural programming in Evanston and Uinta County, provide outstanding and unique educational and performance opportunities to music students of all ages and ability levels, and to make music and the arts a higher priority in public school systems.

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Best of Wyoming
10:14 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Bear River State Park - Evanston

Bear River State Park

Bear River is a year-round park that offers nearly 300 acres that are ideal for picnicking, hiking, wildlife viewing, group activities, bicycling, skiing, rollerblading, remote control cars and many other activities. The park is home to a small head of captive bison and elk kept for public viewing. Three miles of foot trails are within park limits. They include 1.2 miles of paved trail and an arched footbridge that crosses the Bear River. Another 1.7 miles of packed gravel trails are on the of the west side of the river.

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Best of Wyoming
4:20 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Fort Bridger Rendezvous - 30 Miles from Evanston

Fort Bridger Rendezvous

The Fort Bridger Rendezvous welcomes visitors this August 31st-September 3rd for the 40th Anniversary. The rendezvous is held each year over Labor Day weekend at the Fort Bridger Historic Site. Join the Rendezvous for this pre-1840’s historical reenactment with period correct shopping, primitive food, Native American Dancers, shoots, hawk & knife throwing, primitive demonstrations, and lots of fun for the whole family.

$3.00 per person, children 11 & under are free.

Best of Wyoming
8:36 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Uinta County Museum & Joss House - Evanston

Joss House
Uinta County Museum

The mission of Uinta County Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Uinta County and the surrounding region and to make the Museum collections available to the public. There is significant history here, as the area was the funnel through which most of the trails west, from the mountain men to I-80, traveled.

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Best of Wyoming
11:29 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Evanston!

Best of Wyoming & Yellowmaps.com

If you’re driving on Interstate 80, Evanston is either the first or last stop in Wyoming, depends on your direction. It’s a well-traveled route, going all the way back to the 1860’s when travelers gravitated toward the safer southern portion of our state and made Evanston a “destination.”  Today Evanston remains a destination, but for much more than just a convenient stop.  It’s a city of historic and cultural wealth, and at the intersection of Wyoming and Utah culture.

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Best of Wyoming
7:50 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Roundhouse Festival – Evanston

Roundhouse Festival

Join the 15th Annual Roundhouse Festival Aug. 3-5!

This (model) Train show is put on by the Hostler Model Railroad club of Ogden in conjunction with the Evanston Roundhouse Restoration Inc. group.  It is a great show and fun for the kids.  There will be a small train the kids can ride on, several operating model train displays in 4 different scales, a model contest open to anyone, door prizes, raffle, food, a quilt show all for FREE (except for the food).  The show hours are listed below.  Tours will be given of all the facilities.

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Best of Wyoming
9:27 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum

Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum

The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum is one of the oldest non-profit organizations in Teton County, founded in 1958. Now located in a new year-round building at 225 N. Cache, the museum’s current exhibit is “Playing Hard: Labor and Leisure in Jackson Hole.” It explores the nature of recreation and how it evolved from the hard work of early day residents. The temporary exhibit is a sample of work gathered during a two-year collaborative project with Eastern Shoshone and Shoshone-Bannock tribal members.

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Best of Wyoming
11:54 am
Mon July 23, 2012

AmeriCorps Interns Join Teton Science Schools for Summer - Jackson

Teton Science Schools

Teton Science Schools is pleased to welcome 20 AmeriCorps Field Education Interns to campus for one of the busiest summer seasons ever! Hailing from more than 15 colleges and universities and holding diverse degrees including Environmental Studies, Secondary Social Studies Education, Geology, Wildlife Ecology, Anthropology and Theater, these folks make up a dynamic and talented cohort for the Summer 2012 season.

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Best of Wyoming
12:31 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Off Square Theatre Company – Jackson

Off Square Theatre Company

Off Square Theatre Company:  Wyoming's Professional Theatre!

Off Square Theatre Company (OSTC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit company founded in Jackson Hole in 1998. Named as the resident theater company in the Center for the Arts, OSTC’s mission is to produce and present theater of the highest professional standards that inspires, stimulates, and entertains its diverse audiences; to conduct training and educational programs that enhance the quality of life for those they serve; and to help ensure the future of theater in the state of Wyoming.

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Best of Wyoming
11:47 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Teton Science Schools – Jackson

Reactionphoto.com

Teton Science Schools is celebrating 45 years of teaching about the natural world and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem through its mission of connecting people, nature, place, and education. Since 1967, when Ted Majors created the first summer field ecology program for high school students, Teton Science Schools (TSS) has educated, trained and inspired thousands of children, youth and adults, bringing them together through the study of nature and its extension, place-based education.

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Best of Wyoming
3:34 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Tour de Wyoming - Jackson (and Eastern Idaho)

Dr. Don Cantway and Peggy McCracking climb Teton Pass during the 2004 Tour de Wyoming.
Tour de Wyoming

Nearly 400 cyclists and volunteers will be visiting and touring northwestern Wyoming and the eastern edge of Idaho during the 16th annual Tour de Wyoming bicycle tour.  The six day event, which attracts cyclists from across the nation as well as international riders this year from Australia and Canada, kicks off on July 15 in Jackson.

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Best of Wyoming
10:52 am
Thu July 5, 2012

National Museum of Wildlife Art - Jackson

National Museum of Wildlife Art

The National Museum of Wildlife Art was founded to enrich and inspire international appreciation and knowledge of fine art. With a collection of over 5,000 catalogued works of art, the Museum strives to strengthen humanity's relationship with nature through its collections, exhibitions, research, educational programs and publications.

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Best of Wyoming
8:38 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Jackson!

Wyoming Public Media

Summertime in Jackson! Off to the nation’s ski capital and favorite wilderness destination, Teton County. Wyoming Public Media enjoyed co-hosting a planned giving workshop and taping a “lunch concert” in Jackson over spring break, where we met many wonderful people in your community. This summer, Wyoming Public Media will collaborate with The Grand Teton Music Festival, rebroadcasting the Weekend Orchestra Performances on Wyoming Public Radio and on the HD Classical Wyoming station. This month we welcome listeners in Jackson to send in ideas for our Jackson “Best of Wyoming” page.

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Best of Wyoming
3:57 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Grand Teton Music Festival

Grand Teton Music Festival

FOR MORE THAN 50 YEARS, Grand Teton Music Festival has developed a reputation as one of the nation’s most important summer music festivals. Fresh off a spectacular 50th Anniversary Season in 2011, the Festival looks toward the future with exceptional programming and special guests including pianist Stephen Hough performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth, percussionist Colin Currie in MacMillan’s Veni veni Emmanuel, violinist James Ehnes in Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and much more.

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Best of Wyoming
10:57 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Wild West Balloon Fest - Cody (& Region)

Artistic rendition of Hot air balloon races, Grand Tetons, Teton Valley Idaho based from photograph
Daryl Hunter

The Wild West Balloon Fest draws ballooners from all over the country for a unique festival and competition set in a breathtaking arena. Balloons launch at dawn from a grass covered city park. The public is most welcome to mingle with the pilots and crews-indeed volunteers are welcome to help the crew. The pilots can instruct you on the spot for a new experience and a grand adventure. This is a small, relaxed rally. Safe, conservative flying is their hallmark, fun is the goal.

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Best of Wyoming
1:21 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Cody Concerts in the Park

City of Cody

The Cody Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for another great summer of FREE live music in Cody’s downtown City Park. The Concerts in the Park expose residents and visitors to a diverse array of musical talent in an amazing outdoor venue—made even better last year with the addition of a new sound system!

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Best of Wyoming
2:37 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Celebrating the Plains Indian Museum Powwow - Cody

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Periodically, the Plains Indian Museum staff fields the question “What makes your powwow unique and special compared to other powwows?” Typically, the question is asked by those who have never attended this powwow. However, once they do, the answer unfolds before them. The Plains Indian Museum Powwow has been celebrated for 31 years each summer in Cody, Wyoming, and now attracts 300 dancers from all over the United States, nearly 5,000 visitors, and is the largest, longest running public program at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

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Best of Wyoming
1:12 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

Cody Country Art League

Cody Country Art League

Established in 1964, the Cody Country Art League is located in the original Buffalo Bill Museum.  The fine art gallery offers unique, original, and one-of-a-kind collectibles created by local artists. Paintings, jewelry, and bronzes are displayed within walking distance of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

WINTER HOURS
Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

SUMMER HOURS
beginning June 2, 2012
Monday – Saturday
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Free admission

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Best of Wyoming
3:02 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Cody!

Wyoming Public Media

I’m delighted to welcome Cody to the “Best of Wyoming” roster of cities.  We often imagine the history of Buffalo Bill when we think of Cody, and there certainly is a wonderful historical center commemorating his life located in the city.  But there’s so much more in Cody that waits to be explored, like the Yellowstone Jazz Festival and the Cody Country Art League.  “Best of Wyoming” is dedicated to just this kind of exploration that highlights the people and history of a city.  We hope that our focus on

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Best of Wyoming
2:48 pm
Thu June 7, 2012

Yellowstone Jazz Festival - Cody

The Yellowstone Jazz Festival will be celebrating 25 years of presenting live jazz to audiences this July. The Alex Nauman Jazz Trio will start the event with a free performance from 6:00-8:00 pm in the Cody City Park. The “Jazz on the Lawn” outdoor jazz event will be held the next day at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center outdoor stage in Cody with a different set of music featured every 45 minutes from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Audience members will be able to hear everything from big band jazz to contemporary smooth jazz or to hear a great jazz vocalist.

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Best of Wyoming
2:48 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Buffalo Bill Historical Center - Cody

Buffalo Bill Historical Center

CODY, Wyo. – After six months and millions of dollars in major renovations, the Buffalo Bill Museum—one of five museums within the Buffalo Bill Historical Center located in Cody, Wyoming—will officially re-open just in time for the 2012 summer vacation season. And even as the final pieces are put into place, the venue is already receiving buzz as one of the country’s hottest new tourist attractions. The Center is a short drive from the east gate of Yellowstone National Park.

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Best of Wyoming
9:52 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Wyoming Wilderness Association – Sheridan

Wyoming Wilderness Association

The Wyoming Wilderness Association (WWA) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization first created in 1979 by a group of wilderness advocates and outdoors people who envisioned the Wyoming Wilderness Act.  Headquartered in Sheridan, WWA has offices in Jackson, Dubois and Lander as well.

In 1984, the passage of the Wyoming Wilderness Act brought to all Americans the permanent protection of an additional 1.1 million acres of ecologically diverse, wild country.

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Best of Wyoming
3:50 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Welcome to Listeners in Sheridan!

“Best of Wyoming” welcomes Sheridan to our roster of cities.

Best of Wyoming
1:06 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Big West Arts Festival – Sheridan NWCCD

Big West Art Festival

The Big West Arts Festival celebrates its seventh year as a large cultural event at the Sheridan College campus in Sheridan, Wyoming.  Its site is nestled in the valley with the dramatic Big Horn Mountains to the west and the spacious, wide-open plains to the east.  Sheridan lies midway between the Black Hills of South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park.

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Best of Wyoming
12:21 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Explore the Past. Discover the West. Experience History at the Sheridan County Museum

Located in the shadow of the Bighorn Mountains, the Sheridan County Museum interprets a regional perspective on the history of the American West. The Museum’s exhibits investigate the culture, industry, communities, agriculture, and geography that shaped the region’s rich historic and cultural heritage. Throughout the Museum’s exhibit gallery, visitors have the opportunity to experience history through artifacts, historic photographs, maps, and interactive exhibits.

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Best of Wyoming
8:21 am
Mon May 7, 2012

New Program & SUMMER FILM SERIES Will Help Grow Ag@Sheridan College

Sheridan College students have an exciting new opportunity to study sustainable food systems this fall.  This program and several new courses were developed by Connie Fisk, a new faculty member at Sheridan College.  The Sheridan College Ag Department programs fall into three categories: transfer programs that will prepare students to successfully pursue bachelor’s degrees, two-year applied degrees that prepare them for careers in agriculture, and certificates that can enhance any of the college’s degree programs or be used to provide a job-advantage in the agriculture and science fields.  V

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