Wyman Museum’s Nelson enjoys unique community work | CraigDailyPress.com

Wyman Museum’s Nelson enjoys unique community work

Nate Waggenspack
Annie Nelson hangs out with the Whizzer motorbike in a back corner of Wyman's Living History Museum. Nelson has been working at the museum for two years and enjoys the unique and interesting items she comes across every day through her work.
Nate Waggenspack

The Wyman Museum has been a major community staple in Moffat County since opening in 2003, with its mix of unique items and role in community events.

As excellent as events like the Pumpkin Patch and Winter Festival are, and as interesting as it is to walk among so much history in the building, those behind the scenes are to thank.

What Lou Wyman started through collecting, helpers Nicky Boulger and Annie Nelson have continued as the museum has grown. Boulger has been Wyman’s right-hand person since the museum’s opening, but Nelson is a more recent addition to the team.

The Craig native has been with the museum for two years, since giving up house painting to take on a lighter physical load with her work.

“I saw in the newspaper that they were looking for help here and it looked interesting,” Nelson said. “It was obviously a great opportunity to use my art and biology background.”

Nelson hit the ground running at Wyman’s, with an interest in every aspect of her job. An outdoors background of hunting, trapping and gave her knowledge of the animals and hides and the like that come in to Wyman often. And a natural curiosity and appreciation for trinkets has made sorting through all the small things that are dropped off at the museum almost every day an enjoyable task, rather than a burden.

“Everything is so unique, we get all sorts of little trinkets,” she said, referencing a ballerina cigar cutter as an example. “It’s eclectic here. It’s got all realms and facets.”

Coming to work for Wyman’s turned out to be a fateful move for Nelson. She only remembers visiting the museum once before working there, and didn’t know what she was missing out on.

Aside from seeing all the cool things she does, Nelson is thankful for the opportunities she’s had to also do fun things.

“I’ve gotten to do so many neat things,” she said. “I drove a turbo-diesel tractor, I’ve gotten to watch the fledgling osprey here. I get to see Junior (the museum’s elk) every day. It’s a combination of everything.”

But Nelson’s favorite aspect of working at Wyman is being a part of a community pillar, where people come to enjoy many different forms of entertainment, whether checking out the museum’s collection or coming for events.

“This place brings everybody together and I think that’s so important,” she said.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com.

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