Every year the Fremont County Pioneer Association holds annual events, and our members take part in assisting and supporting the Fremont County Pioneer Museum and the Museum of the American West with worthwhile projects. Our members provide a variety of assistance through our volunteer programs.
If you see a project that interests you or if you have a special skill that you would like to apply, please let us know and we'll get you started.
Specific dates for our events will be announced as they are scheduled. If you are planning to attend a meeting or event, please check this page for updates to date, time and place. We may also add additional events to the calendar.
Our Calendar of Events:
The 2017 Buffalo Barbeque - Date and details to be announced - 5pm - 7pm at the Museum of the American West Livery Stable. Cost: Adults - $15.00; Children Under 5 - $7.50.
The 2017 Annual Pioneers’ Picnic - Date and details to be announced - Beginning at 12:30pm at the Museum of the American West Pavillion - bring a covered dish! This picnic also includes election of officers for the coming year.
The 2017 Annual Chili Supper - Date and details to be announced - Starting at 5pm at the Lander Senior Center. Cost: Adults - $9.00; Children Under 5 - $5.00. (This is a fundraiser with raffle prizes.)
Lander's 4th of July Parade - Our 2015 Parade Float won 1st place in the Historical Division! Yee-Haw! Way to go, Kids! (Scroll Down for pictures & the rest of the story!)
Our Monthly Meeting Schedule:
Date: Second Friday of each month
Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Place: Fremont County Pioneer Museum Conference Room:
Main Museum Building
1443 Main Street
Lander, Wyoming 82520
Our Special Projects & Volunteer Activities:
Grant-writing and donations to the Museum of the American West for buildings and grounds improvements and volunteer awards and recognition;
Grant-writing and donations to the Fremont County Pioneer Museum for the Children's Exploration Series, marketing tools and technology upgrades;
Monuments commemorating our Pioneer Families;
Recognition plaques honoring the individual contributions of past officers and members.
Providing volunteers to assist at Museum of the American West and Lander Pioneer Museum events.
Some of our past accomplishments:
Margaret "Maggie"Appleby is the 2015 Wyoming Recipient of the Jefferson Volunteer of the Year Award from Governor Matt Mead
This national award, created in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Robert Taft, Jr., recognizes one resident from each state for their community volunteer efforts. Thank you for your tireless works, Maggie. Way to Go!
The Float: The chuck wagon - left side of the float - is an authentic John Deere Chuck Wagon. (Note the legacy John Deere paint job - green and yellow!) This Chuck Wagon is well over 100 years old and came to us by way of Oregon. The red "People Hauler" on the left is only half as old as the Chuck Wagon, but served us well as "The Band Wagon". This year’s music was performed by the talented pickers & fiddlers from Fremont County. We also had a surprise (& surprised) guest artist! A banjo player - who was on a cross-country bicycle trip - stopped in at the Pioneer Museum the evening before the parade. He agreed to jump on the band wagon & play with us on the 4th of July!
We are The Champions! And here is our 1st Place Trophy:
Kudos to the Pioneer Association Parade Committee, as well as to Tom Matthews and his wife Erica Flom for designing and building the winning entry!! (By the way, Tom and Erica picked sage brush for the float, Tom drove the float down Main Street in the parade, and Erica was "instrumental" in bringing the music and musicians together, while doing some mighty fancy fiddlin’ herself.)