The Hot Springs County Museum and Cultural Center recently became a partner of the Plains to Peaks Collective (PPC) sharing over 8,300 historic photographs with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The Center is located in Thermopolis, Wyoming the largest town in Hot Springs County and home to the world’s largest mineral hot spring.
The Center is home to a large collection that documents the story of early pioneers, homesteaders and explorers; the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes; the growth of tourism related to the hot springs; the development of the county’s agricultural and energy industries; and so much more.
In 2019 the Museum and Cultural Center was awarded funds from the Wyoming State Historical Records Advisory Board (SHRAB) to digitize and organize the Center’s collection of photographs, records and artifacts of the Gebo, Crosby and Kirby coal towns.
SHRAB provides grants to support projects that both enable and promote the identification, preservation and dissemination of Wyoming’s historical records. These grants are made possible by funds received from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission that SHRAB is then able to re-grant to governments, repositories and organizations around the state.
Read the full story on the Colorado Virtual Library blog.
The Plains to Peaks Collective is made possible through a partnership between the Wyoming State Library and Colorado State Library. Participation by Wyoming partners are supported by the WSL. Through the PPC, the Wyoming State Library enables the state’s cultural institutions to share their holdings with a worldwide audience.