The Lovell Kane Museum Board is offering a peek into fashions of the past through displays at First Bank of Wyoming, Big Horn Federal and Bank of Lovell. The displays feature hats, purses, compacts and jewelry belonging to the ancestors of local residents.
Items donated by Loretta Bischoff, Garnet and Newell Sorenson, Lorece Doerr, Arlene Ross, Jeff Pearson, Rich and Janice Fink, Wayne and Karen Spragg and Earl Norton will be on display for the month of February.
A museum board was formed to create enough interest in local history to support a physical museum in the community. The group recently received its non-profit status and is gearing up for future fundraising activities.
The idea of the accessory display is to pique interest in years gone by.
“We wanted to show the elegance of how people dressed clear on back and up to the 1950s, during the times when women wore hats and gloves,” said board member Karen Spragg. “We’ve displayed various historical items at the banks at various times during the last year and a half and people started asking me lately when we were going to put up another display.”
Spragg said the organization plans to put out a newsletter soon. The newsletter will be mailed through the post office. The group hopes to build an actual museum someday and expects the cost to be around $1 million. Spragg said the cost is high because of the temperature-controlled display cases that are required to keep historical items preserved.
The group will also be hosting a Kane bus tour again this year in September and has its main fundraiser planned for Aug. 17. The fundraiser will be held at the Lovell Community Center. The group also plans a reunion of former Kane residents shortly after the Mustang Days celebration in June.
“Anyone with any ties to Kane is invited to that dinner,” said Spragg, who grew up in the town of Kane. Spragg said the group is always looking for others to get involved and for historical items to be displayed at the future museum.
By Patti Carpenter