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Date: January 14, 2013

This is the time of year when we are all looking for a reason to get out of the house. To help, the staff at Bighorn Canyon has put together an exciting line-up for the 2013 Winter Speaker Series. The speakers are a mix of park staff and local partners from the Bighorn National Forest, Homesteader Museum, and the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center.                    

Bill Matthews, the West Zone Archaeologist for the Bighorn National Forest, will kick off the speakers series at 7:00 PM on January 10, 2013, with his presentation "High Altitude Archaeology of the Cloud Peak Wilderness, Bighorn National Forest." For the last five field seasons, Matthews and a returning core group of volunteers, have spent five 10 day sessions doing a Cultural Resource Survey of the Cloud Peak Wilderness of the Bighorn National Forest.  The region's high altitude passes and lakes were, and currently are, the main study areas.  To date over 45 prehistoric sites have been recorded and dated back to 200 to 8,500 years ago. Matthews's photographic presentation will shed some light about the indigenous occupations and lifestyles of this spectacular landscape. 

Staff from the Homesteader Museum, will follow Matthews in the speaker series on January 24, 2013, at 7:00 PM. During 2013, Key Ingredients, a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit, will be touring the state of Wyoming and will be on exhibit at the Homesteader Museum in August. This exhibit, all about food, is a fun reason for the northern part of the Big Horn Basin to come together. Staff will explain how you can be part of this yummy year of food.

February 7, at 7:00 PM Ranger Shawn Williams, will tell the stories of the mountain men who used this area and on February 21, at 7:00 Ranger Christy Fleming will share the story of the Japanese Americans incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center.

March 7, at 7:00 PM, Aubry Jolley, the Director of the Pryor Mountain Wild Mustang Center, will talk about the future of the Mustang Center and on March 21, at 7:00 PM, Exhibit Specialist, Ted Preator will share how he and his crew are "Reconstructing the Past" at the historic ranches in Bighorn Canyon.

Bighorn Canyon invites you to enjoy the Winter Speaker Series. If you have questions, please contact Christy Fleming at 307-548-5402. You can also follow us on our website at or on our Facebook page at

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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