Bighorn Canyon pop-up museum event

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, the national park staff is teaming up with the Lovell-Kane Museum and Brandin’ Iron Restaurant to host a “Pop-Up” Museum event.  A “Pop-Up” museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up and participate by bringing items to “show and tell.”

Community members are invited to bring old photos and other artifacts of the Bighorn Canyon to a special show on Saturday for an event called a “Pop-up” museum to be held at the Brandin’ Iron Restaurant in Lovell.  Courtesy Photo
Community members are invited to bring old photos and other artifacts of the Bighorn Canyon to a special show on Saturday for an event called a “Pop-up” museum to be held at the Brandin’ Iron Restaurant in Lovell.
Courtesy Photo

The theme for this year’s event is “Happy Birthday, Bighorn Canyon, before and after 1966.”  Participants are asked to bring items, photos and stories related to the canyon from that time period. Items could be from the historic ranches, photos of the river before the dam, items from Fort Smith, Eddy Hulbert silversmith pieces and basically anything that relates to the canyon.

“Bighorn Canyon is varied and it will be fun to see what people bring to share,” said Chief of Interpretation Christy Fleming.

The Lovell-Kane Museum and the Brandin’ Iron Restaurant will host the event on Oct. 15 in the front room at the Brandin’ Iron from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area staff will have a small river “before the dam” display and the Lovell-Kane museum will have a small Kane exhibit.  There will be areas designated for participants to share their own Bighorn Canyon historic items.  Cake and ice cream will be served during the celebration.

Museum staff and park employees will be on hand to scan photos, record oral histories and take contact information. Items for
donation will not be accepted for donation at the event.  The public is encouraged to attend, whether they have items to share or not.