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Live performers act out museum scenes
Eight village buildings at the Museum of the American West now have videos of early pioneers, each describing the building's history. Historic photos are also on display and local musicians have recorded background music for the exhibits, which is intended to "transport the viewers back to the 1880s."

Pioneer characters include:

Miss Fanny Alden, who will tell you about teaching in the Borner's Garden Schoolhouse and its tie to notorious Calamity Jane;

A friendly mercantile clerk who describes the operation of a mercantile business and damage done to his industry by the emergence of catalogue ordering;

Sheriff Stough in the Stough House, who describe's a sheriff's life and his dealings with the outlaw Butch Cassidy;

Bartender Zacharia Sargent, who operates a saloon on behalf of his employer Mr. Gibbs. Poker, guns, saloon girls and good whiskey highlight his narrative;

Olive States, college-educated homesteader, speaks from her cabin, located up Sinks Canyon on Sheep Creek;

Isaac C. Wynn, editor of The Wind River Mountaineer, Lander's first newspaper, speaks about the challenges of starting a newspaper business in a pioneer community;

Mrs. Oliver Riggs, devout church goer and self-proclaimed Church Historian, explains the history of St. Matthew's Church;

Hartson A. Smith, owner of the Lander Fur and Wool Company, describes the origin of his business.

For more informatin on the exhibit, contact the museum at 335-8778.
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