All Work and No Play Makes Dustin a Dull Boy

For those of you who have not seen “The Shining,” just trust me when I say I do not want to turn into that guy who had all work and no play!  So I thought the best way to end this spectacular summer and incredible opportunity to work for Yellowstone National Park (YNP) would be by…

Exhibits Tell a Story

“A museum should never be finished, but boundless and ever in motion.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Exhibits tell a story and stories are always changing.  How historians, anthropologist, and other academics interpret the past is constantly in motion, never stagnate.  How I view history can be entirely different from the person sitting across the table.  Exhibits…

Historic Grand Loop Park Tour

On July 12, 2017, the staff at the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center (HRC) took a tour of the park to present a brief history of specific sites and topics along the way. Following the Grand Loop Road Historic District, added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2003, the HRC staff conducted…

The Majestic Wolves of Yellowstone

The Shoshone Tribe respected the wolf as a Creator and watcher of their people.  Full of wisdom and strength, the wolf captured the essence of the Great Spirit and the majestic beauty of Mother Earth.  At the turn of the 20th Century, just a mere 30 years after an Act of Congress created Yellowstone National Park, wolves had nearly been eliminated from…

Tukudika – The First Inhabitants of Yellowstone Park

Tukudika, which translates to “eaters of meat,” were considered the only “permanent” native tribe living in the Yellowstone Park area, according to Anglo-Americans. Commonly referred to as “Sheep Eaters,” for their love of hunting sheep, or Mountain Shoshone, the Tukudika also were semi-nomadic and followed the changing of seasons and migration of the Bighorn Sheep. …

The Iconic “Yellow Bus”

July 31, 1915, the first vehicle legally allowed into Yellowstone National Park entered through the gates, forever changing the future of the park.  While park managers opposed the change from stagecoach to the automobile, it became inevitable to resist the modernization sweeping the nation.  By 1917, Yellowstone purchased 116 cars from White Motor Company of…

Colorado State University (CSU) is one of many universities in the United States that receives benefits from the Morrill Land-Grant Acts of 1862, 1890, and 1994.  The Public Lands History Center (PLHC) at CSU works collaboratively with researchers and public land management agencies, such as the National Park Service, to tackle resource management issues and engage directly with…