State Historic Site
THE TRAIL END State Historic Site is a fully furnished historic house museum. The site's mission statement guides decisions on exhibits and displays by providing a specific time period and interpretive focus. Within these guidelines, all exhibits at Trail End relate to life in the house during the period 1913-1933.
We are fortunate that over the years, many of the original furnishings from the house, removed for various reasons, have been returned by members of the Kendrick family as well as members of the Sheridan community. Placed in their proper context throughout the historic rooms, these furnishings show what the rooms were used for, what the people who lived and worked here may have been like, and what objects were available for their use.
Many of the interpretive labels and signs at Trail End discuss the advanced technology installed in the house during its construction. In fact, the elementary school tours conducted each spring and fall focus on that technology, providing youngsters with an increased opportunity to learn more about the early days of electricity, plumbing, telephones and more.
Occasionally Trail End will mount temporary exhibits in closets and other small areas. For example: there is almost always a special exhibit in the second floor Maids' Closet around the time of our Holiday Open House (usually toys and games) and, as part of the Hands-On History Program, our Junior Curators create a new exhibit each year in the third floor Housekeeper's Bedroom.
We have also co-sponsored exhibits with Sheridan Junior High School, the Wyoming State Museum and other organizations. If you have an idea for an appropriate topic that could be addressed in a small exhibit space, please contact the museum at 307-674-4589.
Since 1996, Trail End has installed a series of temporary whole-house exhibits which, by focusing on the local community, take global events and show how they impacted the everyday lives of small town Americans. Each exhibit has adhered to the site's mission statement and has worked in harmony with the museum's existing room displays, thereby interpreting topical themes within the context of the historic house setting. The textual components of these exhibits are contained on this web site. Newer exhibits have relied on previous research; don't be surprised if you see the same information contained in more than one exhibit.