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"Wyoming Navy" Exhibit is Launched

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Posted on 03/01/2019

Fort Caspar Launches Exhibit About Wyoming Navy

Traveling display details the scores of ships named

for Wyoming’s people and places.


Fort Caspar Museum has organized a traveling exhibit that features many of the U.S. Navy ships named after the state of Wyoming—its people, cities and towns, counties, and rivers—beginning with the earliest ship in 1900 up through ones that are in service today.  “Wyoming Navy” will travel to eleven towns and cities throughout Wyoming for 18 months before returning to Fort Caspar Museum for its final showing in October 2020.

The exhibit consists of 26 panels with photos and histories of forty vessels, from simple tugboats to a nuclear-powered submarine capable of launching multiple nuclear missiles.  Fort Caspar Museum staff and a Casper College Museum Studies intern researched each ship and have included details such as shipyards where vessels were constructed, dates they were commissioned and decommissioned, crew and armament sizes, and the various missions in which they were involved during both times of peace and war.   

Traveling Exhibit Schedule
Wheatland:  Platte County Library -- March 1 to April 12, 2019
Torrington:  Goshen County Homesteaders Museum -- April 19 to May 31, 2019
Rawlins:  Carbon County Library -- June 8 to July 19, 2019
Rock Springs:  Rock Springs Historical Museum -- July 27 to September 6, 2019
Pinedale:  Sublette County Museum -- November 2 to December 13, 2019
Dubois:  Dubois Museum -- December 21, 2019 to February 1, 2020
Riverton:  Riverton Museum -- February 8 to March 20, 2020
Worland:  Washakie Cultural Center Museum -- March 28 to May 8, 2020  
Cody:  Park County Library -- May 16 to June 26, 2020
Sheridan:  Fulmer Library -- July 4 to August 14, 2020
Casper:   Fort Caspar Museum -- October 2020

This exhibit is sponsored by the Fort Caspar Museum Association and the Casper Memorial VFW Post 9439 & Auxiliary.  FCM is grateful to the VFW for transporting the “Wyoming Navy” exhibit to communities throughout the state.