Museum features eclipse exhibit

Aug 20, 2017 From staff reports

In connection to the Great American Eclipse that will be seen on August 21, the Riverton Museum has created an eclipse exhibit that focuses on a similar solar eclipse that occurred almost 100 years ago in 1918, which traveled roughly along the same path as the one we will see in August.

While photographs of the eclipse from that time are not part of the Riverton Museum's photograph collection, there is a great selection of photographs of Riverton from that time period that gives visitors a brief glimpse into Riverton's past.

"What is great about this exhibit is that it gives a comparison of the solar event 99 years ago to today," said Karline Stetler, curator at the Riverton Museum. "Visitors will be able to view the photographs that we have on display and see how Riverton looked almost 100 years ago when the total solar eclipse crossed through the state of Wyoming. While the 1918 eclipse was only partially viewed in Riverton, compared to the 100% totality that will be seen in August, there was still a great excitement from everyone within Wyoming and the Riverton community."

The photograph exhibit focuses on how Riverton looked in 1918, showcasing significant businesses, buildings, and agricultural activities, with articles from Wyoming newspapers that talked about the solar event. The Eclipse Exhibit will run from August through the first of September while the eclipse is in full swing. For more information, or to purchase a pair of eclipse viewing glasses you can contact the Riverton Museum at 307-856-2665.

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