2010 CWAM Annual Meeting
“The Promise and Peril of Being Modern”
May 13 – 15, 2010
What does it mean to be a modern museum? Are museums being asked to play a different role in modern society? What characteristics are essential to being a museum? With factors as varied as the economy, changes in technology, and visitor expectations for their leisure activities, museums face the difficult task of striking a balance between the Promise and Peril of Being Modern.
Laramie takes its name from Jacques LaRamie, a French trapper who disappeared in the Laramie Mountains in the late 1810s and was never heard from again. He was one of the first Europeans to visit the area, and his name was given to a river, mountain range, peak, US Army fort, county, and city. More Wyoming landmarks are named for him than any other trapper but Jim Bridger.
There’s plenty to do in and around this high-plains village that sits at 7,200 feet above sea level. Laramie is an active mountain-biking locale, and trails snake through the forests of nearby mountain ranges. The Tour De Laramie, a bicycle rally with stops at local pubs held in April is one of the community’s premier events. The Wyoming Marathon Races, a series of running and ultra-running events held in Medicine Bow National Forest, are held each Memorial Day weekend. Trout fishing on the Laramie River is some of the best in the state, and the region is dotted with numerous lakes perfect for camping and hiking.
The main campus of the University of Wyoming is in Laramie and is home to an art museum, a geological museum, and a concert hall. Other museums in Laramie include the Laramie Plains Museum which is housed in the historic Ivinson Mansion, the Wyoming Children’s Museum and Nature Center, and the Wyoming Territorial Prison, which is one of twenty sites in Laramie listed on the National Register of Historic Places.