Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- November 25, 2015

If you don't live in Wyoming, you may not have been aware of the controversy surrounding the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone National Park and the removal of wolves from the Endangered Species Act. 

This exhibit  from the State Museum's 125 Years of Statehood exhibit gives you an idea of the two sides' opinions of wolves.  If you can't read the smaller sign, it says "Little Red Riding Hood Lied.  Restore the Wolf."

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- November 18, 2015

You've heard of shotgun weddings, haven't you?  Even though that wasn't the reason for this particular display, I couldn't help but smile when I saw the outlaw's shotgun next to a wedding dress.  Both are part of the State Museum's 125 years of Statehood exhibit.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- November 11, 2015

Today is Veteran's Day and the perfect time to include this picture from the Wyoming State Museum's 12 Years of Statehood exhibit. 

On October 31, 1916 the University of Wyoming became one of the first colleges in the country to have a Reserve Officers Training Corps program, which they called The Students Army Training Corps.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- November 4, 2015

Did you know that Wyoming celebrated 25 years of statehood this year?  In honor of that milestone, the State Museum created an exhibit with artifacts from each of the decades of statehood.  This 44-star flag, which was presented to the governor by Esther Morris, commemorates both the fact that Wyoming was the forty-fourth state to join the Union and that women played an important role in the territory being approved for statehood.

In case you can't read it, the lettering on the red stripes reads, "To Wyoming, from her women, in honor of the State Constitution, 1890."  

Here's more information about the flag's presentation.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- October 28, 2015

The Lincoln Monument -- Part 4

Once the pedestal was ready for Lincoln,the next step was for the crane operators to secure straps around him.  I hadn't expected them to go around his neck, but as you can see, that's exactly where they were positioned.  And then it was time to go airborne.

You've heard of picture perfect weather.  That's what we had that day.

To my surprise, there was a lot of work -- hours worth -- after the bust was finally in place on the pedestal.

The same crew that had prepared the pedestal had to get it into exactly the right place, then secure it to the base.

Although that's not what's happening, this picture looks almost as if one of the workmen was trying to straighten Lincoln's tie.

Even after the straps were removed and the crane was able to leave, work continued, securing the monument to its base.  But eventually everything was completed, and the newly restored Lincoln monument was ready to greet travelers for many more years.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- October 21, 2015

The Lincoln Monument -- Part 3

Once the monument was sandblasted and sealed, it was time to truck it back to the summit of I-80.  Can you imagine the looks Lincoln must have gotten as he was transported down the highway?  But look at how clean he is compared to two weeks earlier.

You might think that the next step was to place the bust back on the pedestal, but there was work to be done before that.  A crew had to prepare the pedestal.  Believe it or not, that was a multi-hour project.

Next the crane had to be positioned.  And then ... 
We'll conclude the Lincoln adventure next week.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Wednesday in Wyoming -- October 14, 2015

The Lincoln Monument -- Part 2

Remember how dark the Lincoln monument was prior to its restoration?  Here it is inside the monument building at Eagle Bronze with the sandblasting almost finished.  Actually, sandblasting is a misnomer.  Instead of sand, special glass pellets were used to remove the oxidation from the statue.

Once that was finished, several coats of sealer were applied, followed by a special coating to protect it from UV rays.

You can see just how tall Lincoln is -- 13 1/2 feet -- by comparing the top of his head with the ladder.  It's a large statue!

And, yes, his bowtie is crooked.  Apparently many representations of Abraham Lincoln, including the engraving on the five dollar bill, show him with a crooked tie, so Robert Isaiah Russin, the artist chosen to create this statue, continued the tradition.