About the Saratoga Museum and the Saratoga Historical and Cultural Association

History

The Saratoga Museum is housed in the town's original c. 1915 Union Pacific Railroad Depot. Originally placed in Saratoga for the Saratoga and Encampment (S&E) lines the goal of the rail line was to transport copper from Encampment and lumber from Saratoga. The depot is built just like many others and was built out of cedar wood to help it resist bugs and the harsh weather of Wyoming.

 

The museum opened in 1980 but is no longer on its original sight. When approached about opening the museum in the building Union Pacific agreed to donate the building but not the land it was on, the building had to be moved. In 1979 the depot was moved to its current home across from Shively airstrip and on the other side of the river. The museum is important in that it provides an opportunity to explore the Platte Valley and offers the ability to preserve local artifacts and history. In fact the museum is know for its exhibit on gems, minerals, and fossils from both Wyoming and the world. The displays are the most inclusive in Wyoming from Chinese jade to Diamonds found in Carbon County. The exhibit includes hundreds of specimens.

Our Mission

The Saratoga Historical and Cultural Association (SHCA) seeks to deepen understanding and engagement of the historic, prehistoric, geological, and cultural past up to the present of the town of Saratoga and its relevant place in Platte Valley, Carbon County, and the state of Wyoming; strengthen the bonds of the local community; and provide an educational, stimulating and positive experience for museum visitors.

Meet the Director

Mikayla Larrow is the current director of the Saratoga Museum. She grew up on a forty acre farm in Douglas County Colorado where you could still see the wagon tracks of long forgotten pioneer trains. In 2016, she received her Bachelor of Arts in History, with a minor in Museum Studies, from the University of Wyoming and began work at the Saratoga Museum.

Members of the Board

Vice President

 

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Treasurer

 

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Rev. Steven R. Niccolls - President

 

Steve spent most of his life in the San Francisco Bay Area and spent 28 years teaching Social Studies at the secondary level. In November 2015 Steve became an ordained minister and, with his wife Emily, moved to Saratoga where he is the pastor of the Presbyterian Church (the second oldest church in town). Besides serving on the Museum Board, in his spare time Steve enjoys refereeing high school sports and trying to improve his golf game.

Linda Fisher-Perue - Secretary

 

Since she is a retired visual and culinary arts teacher, “people loving learning” is an ever-present idealism in her world. Through the SH&CA, she hopes to continue presenting, to all ages, the opportunities to learn about and appreciate the historical and cultural importance of the arts to add relaxation and beauty to their lives.

 

Fran Payne-Rogers

 

Fran Payne-Rogers Grew up in Saratoga graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in hotel and restaurant management. Worked in the food industry for 25 years. Moved back to Saratoga, owned motel and worked...still working.

John Lund

 

John was born in Denver, Colorado in 1930. He attended primary and middle school throughout Wyoming and graduated from Lusk High School in Lusk, Wyoming. Upon graduating John attended the University of Wyoming and earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering. In addition to his B.S. degree John pursued graduate course work in Archaeology from the University of Wyoming and Geography from Arizona State University. John’s career was spent with Banner Associates as an architect/engineer. His firm designed many a building for the University of Wyoming campus during John’s career. In 1981 John retired from Banner Associates but held positions as an Archaeologist for the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico and an Archaeologist for the State of Wyoming Highway Department. John has served on the board since 2016 and believes in preserving history for future generations to enjoy.

 

Sherry Mackay

 

Sherry is working on her biography.

Our volunteers

The Saratoga Museum is able to remain open thanks to amazing volunteers and docents. Their hard work allows us to have events and daily operations. We are always looking for assistance. If you would like to volunteer (even is only for a couple of hours), please contact the Museum Director at 307-326-5511.

 

 

 

Hours of Operation:

(Memorial Day - end of September)

 

Monday - Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday: Noon - 4:00pm

 

*Closed July 4th

 

Tours:

Thursday - Saturday

contact:

 

Saratoga Museum and

Saratoga Historical & Cultural Association

104 E. Constitution Avenue

PO Box  1131

Saratoga, WY 82331

307-326-5511

email: saratogamuseum@gmail.com

 

admission:

 

$5.00 per adult (18 years of age and older)

$3 per youth (13 - 17 years of age)

Free admission for children 12 and under

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