On Monday, January 9, 2017, Trail End and three other area museums participated in the Dining For a Cause fundraiser, held at Frackelton’s, 55 North Main Street, in downtown Sheridan.
On this one day, 100 percent of sales from Frackelton’s bar and restaurant were donated to A Quartet of Museums - which includes the Trail End State Historic Site, Fort Phil Kearny State Historic Site, the Sheridan County Museum and Buffalo’s Gatchell Memorial Museum. The amount raised was $8,937.04.
According to Trail End Superintendent Cynde Georgen, who spearheaded the Quartet of Museums’ application process, the purpose of the event was not only to raise money, but to raise awareness for museums. “So often,” she said, “museums operate in the background of the community. Dining For a Cause put museums front and center and focused on the fact that we don't just offer a view into the past; that we function as classrooms and living laboratories for the exploration of topics beyond history. We show how the past shapes the world in which we live today.”
Georgen continued: “With the funds raised from this event, our four museums will expand educational programs in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM) - topics which we currently address in a limited capacity.”
While the other museums will address subjects as diverse as astronomy, archaeology and wildfire management, Trail End will focus on birds and botany. In addition to expanding the current Junior Curator and TechnoPast programs, Trail End plans to use Dining For a Cause funds to partner with area schools to create a site-based, multi-dimensional nature studies program aimed towards both elementary and junior high school students.
“The Kendrick Mansion sits amid the first professionally landscaped private grounds in the State of Wyoming,” Georgen notes. “Its dozens of heritage trees and shrubs - both native and exotic - provide habitat for countless species of bugs, birds and butterflies, as well as deer, rabbits and squirrels. The grounds are a living laboratory - perfect for the study of botany, ecology, entomology, ornithology and animal science.”
This was a huge opportunity for Trail End to obtain much-needed funding for the site’s educational programs. We hope all our friends and supporters who went to Frackelton's enjoyed their meal and felt good about helping out a good cause. Our staff and volunteers thank you for your generous support.
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