More than a museum

Wyman Living History Museum's grand opening to display wide range of historical items


The Wyman Living History Ranch and Museum will celebrate its grand opening with food, music, festivities and fun on Saturday.

Decades of collecting unique and historical items, followed by years of organizing displays, will culminate in the grand opening, an event organizers said will feature crafts, antiques and a journey through time.

Doors open at 9 a.m., and the grand opening celebration will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"I guarantee there's something here that you have never seen before in your life," museum employee Nicky Boulger said. "Lou (Wyman) has been collecting for 50 years and had a museum out on his ranch on the Williams Fork."

From antique cars, tractors and airplanes to the displays of tin soldiers and chain saws, there is something for every age group.

An old-time general store from the town of Pagoda has shelves stocked with flour, coffee, tobacco and canned goods. The old post office is set up like it was when the mail was carried by horseback. A blacksmith shop donated by Jack Hayworth of Walden appears as it was in the day when it once shod horses on the North Park homestead.

Some activities visitors to the grand opening might experience include crafters working in different mediums to make objects that can be purchased by the public.

"We have local crafters that will be set up in the back of the store," Mary Walters with the Wyman Museum Crafters said.

Walters said the plan is to have crafters always working to make handmade items in the store when the museum is open. Some items will be sewn and crocheted, and others will be made of leather and wood.

The grand opening will also feature a horseshoe pit, a hayride with Eric Hamilton's team of horses, live music by the 1340 Band, a farmers market, rope-making demonstrations, face painting, and balloons and snow-cones for the children.

"We invite people to try out the antique washing machines," Boulger said. "We even have an old plunger-style one."

Other features include a vintage bank teller window, complete with a safe and safety deposit boxes.

The antique tractor club will be bringing a couple of old tractors to show off, and Cattoor Photography will be taking pictures in old-style cutout displays.

There is no charge to attend the grand opening. For more information, call the museum at 824-6346.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 207, or

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