2016-2017 History Discussion Group
HOMESTEADING IN THE BIG HORN BASIN AND WYOMING
The 2016-2017 discussion group will explore homesteading and the transition from pastoral hunting lands to farm, ranch, and town site lands. One of the last areas of Wyoming to be settled was the Big Horn Basin, and by the early 1900s ranchers and farmers were moving into the Basin in greater numbers than ever before. The west was getting “settled up” and new lands were hard to find. The discussion group will study these settlers’ vivid and varied stories to learn why they settled in the Big Horn Basin, what they encountered, and how they and the land were transformed over a period of one hundred years. Using resources from the Museum and county courthouse archives, the ebb and flow of land transactions and their significance will be studied and discussed. The group will also study various government programs that facilitated homesteading: the Homestead Act of 1862, the Enlarged Homestead Act of 1909, the Stock-Raising Homestead Act of 1916, as well as the Desert Land Act of 1877. Additional resources will be added below as they become relevant.
The Museum requests discussion group participants pay a fee of $50. Please contact Curator Bob Stottler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-4102 if you have any questions or are interested in joining the discussion group.
The discussion season will culminate in a field trip for group participants and the general public. This year's field trip will be May 20 to the Caroline Lockhart Ranch near Lovell, Wyoming. The cost is $25. The group will meet at the Museum at 8:00am to leave for the tour of the ranch. Please bring a sack lunch; water will be provided. Contact Rebecca Brower or Bob Stottler at 347-4102 to join the field trip or with any questions you may have.
Discussion Group Schedule
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Thursday, December 15, 2016
– Jim O’Connor presenting
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Thursday, February 9 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Field Trip: May 20, 2017
to Caroline Lockhart Ranch near Lovell, WY