“Science on the Range” opens at Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site
Laramie, WY – Not yet told anywhere else…the story of University of Wyoming’s College of Agriculture Experiment Station’s history in a new permanent exhibit entitled “Science on the Range” unveils the importance and impact of cutting-edge, scientific research at the “Stock Farm” that changed farming and ranching in Wyoming and around the world.
On April 28 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm the public is invited to the dedication of an exciting new exhibit at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site located at 979 Snowy Range Road in Laramie. “This exhibit reveals the story of the research community that lived, studied and worked here at the Experiment Station for 86 years.” Deborah Amend, Site Superintendent says. “Their efforts resulted in greater economic returns and quality of life for Wyoming citizens.”
That unique history is shown through historic photographs, artifacts and interactive displays.
This Free event will include several activities for children and adults to enjoy including Percheron and Belgium draft horses on site giving wagon rides as well as “Wyoming Ag in the Classroom” display, “A Taste of Wyoming” snacks and “Don’t be Fleeced: Get Smart about Wool” activity. There will be free drawings for several SmartWool products provided by Sierra Trading Post and the first 30 kids attending will receive a free “Science on the Range” T-Shirt.
When the Prison closed in 1903, the University of Wyoming acquired the property and embarked on a remarkable venture adapting the land and buildings for use as an agricultural experiment station that lasted until 1989. Researchers made significant contributions that focused on livestock genetics and reproduction, nutrition, altitude and environmental issues and productivity. Crop and soil research focused on developing solutions for profitable and sustainable agricultural practices. Quality of UW’s livestock breeding program gained international recognition and livestock were shipped throughout the United States and overseas.
“This exhibit gives attention to a portion of the Wyoming Territorial Prison’s site history that truly made a difference in the state.” Misty Stoll, Site Curator says, “The sheer volume of research and breeding projects that were overseen here is astonishing – and their results impacted every single person that might come through the exhibit.”
The grand opening of this new exhibit coincides with Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails’ 75th Anniversary this year which is Celebrating Wyoming’s Natural and Cultural Heritage.
For more information about this event or other Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site’s programs please visit http://www.wyomingterritorialprison.com or call 307-745-3733.
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