Dubois Museum offers plenty of summer fun

Jun 30, 2012 From staff reports

The Dubois Museum is offering a wide variety of lectures and treks in July, featuring cultural and natural history unique to the Upper Wind River Valley.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Wyoming Shakespeare Festival Company's production of "King Lear" will be at 6 p.m. on July 5 at Dennison Lodge. The Lander-based festival company will be presenting one of Shakespeare's most mature and complex play.

The WSFC was founded with the dual purposes of providing exposure of Shakespeare's great plays to Wyoming audiences and giving touring company experience to Wyoming theater majors and community actors.

Admission is free, but donations for the company are accepted.

The Torrey Basin Petroglyph Trek starts at 5 p.m. on July 12 at the Dubois Museum. Meet at the Dubois Museum for a free driving and hiking tour of local Dinwoody-tradition rock art.

Due to the popularity of this trek, the tour is limited to 15 participants and registration is required. Contact the Dubois Museum to sign up. Registrations are first-come, first-served.

Remember to dress for the changing mountain weather. Bring plenty of water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Participants will carpool to the Torrey Basin.

The Geology of the Torrey Valley Trek starts at 3 p.m. on July 15 at the Dubois Museum. It will be the second in a three-part series featuring the geology of the Dubois area.

The trek is a hiking tour of the Torrey Valley. The center of the Wind River Mountains anticline is located in Torrey Valley.

The valley was formed by the process of uplift, water erosion and extensive glaciation. The valley begins high in the Wind River Mountains above Ross Lake and extends down to where Torrey Creek flows into the Wind River.

The hike covers approximately 2.5 miles. Remember to dress for the changing mountain weather and to bring plenty of water and wear sturdy hiking shoes.

Participants will carpool to the Whiskey Mountain trailhead.

The Daily Life of the Plains Indians presentation starts at 7 p.m. on July 19 at the campfire ring in Dubois Town Park. Local Historian Joe Brandl will examine the clothing, tools, weapons and social lives of the Plains Indians.

Brandl, owner of Absaroka Western Designs and Tannery, has extensively researched the daily life of the Plains Indians. He speaks to schools, museums, guest lodges, wildlife agencies and other interest groups throughout the West.

Wood benches are provided for seating. Attendees are encouraged to bring more comfortable seating and a light jacket or sweater.

Museum Day runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 21 at the Dubois Museum. Enjoy this free annual celebration of traditional Western activities featuring craft demonstrations and sales, homemade beef stew, fry bread, lemonade and live entertainment by cowboy singer Dick Fredrickson.

The Tie Hack Tour starts at 1 p.m. on July 29 at the Dubois Museum. Meet at the museum for an afternoon driving and hiking tour of the Union Pass tie hack sites.

Included in the itinerary are the remains of flumes, headgates, cabins, and other structures. The sites on the tour date back to the early 20th century when Scandinavian loggers, known as "tie hacks," cut railroad cross-ties in the mountains surrounding Dubois to be sent down-river to Riverton.

Short hikes are included to view off-road sites, so dress for the changing mountain weather, bring plenty of water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Participants will carpool to the sites.

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