About the Saratoga Museum and the Saratoga Historical and Cultural Association
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.
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
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Members of the Board
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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 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.
Connie Patterson - Vice President
Connie Everist Patterson is a new Museum Board director and is a native of Saratoga. Although her family left the valley in 1968, Connie returned in the summers to spend time with her grandparents. Connie met her husband Mike during one of those summer vacations and they were married several years later and have since made Saratoga their home.
Connie and Mike have owned and operated Hack's Tackle since 1993 and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the business with a party later this summer. Connie loves Saratoga and its history. She is excited about serving on the SH&CA Board.
Sherry is working on her biography.
Tom is working on his biography.
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.