ROCK SPRINGS – Western Wyoming Community College's History Department will host a presentation on the history of tourist accommodations at Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in Room 1302. Cultural historian Tamsen Hert, who has studied both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks for more than 20 years, will tell the story of how tourist lodging in the Upper and Lower Falls area of the park was developed and expanded between 1890 and 1960.
Hert's presentation, entitled "As Memorable as the Scenery: Yellowstone's Grand Canyon Hotel, 1890-1960," will include maps, photographs and illustrations to tell a story of lodging that began as a tent hotel but wound up as Yellowstone's Grand Canyon Hotel and one of the most popular locations along the Grand Loop Trail. Hert will discuss and explain the changes to the facilities that were made over the course of 70 years.
Hert, who holds master's degrees both in history and library science, is the head of the Emmett D. Chisum Special Collection at the University of Wyoming, and she will lead a 1 p.m. workshop on Historic Preservation and Research in National Parks prior to her March 24 presentation. Both the workshop and the evening presentation are open to the public.
This program is sponsored by the WWCC History Department and is funded by the Arlene and Louise Wesswick Foundation.