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Laramie, Wyoming
Strengthening Laramie’s Cultural Institutions

Between 2006 and 2011, four NEH preservation grants helped the Laramie Plains Museum (LPM) transform from a small volunteer-driven institution with limited hours into a professional museum. Prior to these pivotal investments, LPM struggled to maintain its diverse collections donated by prominent pioneer families. Thanks to these grants, the museum has steadily and dramatically improved its stewardship of the expanding museum’s collections, while helping other cultural institutions in Wyoming improve their preservation practices.

“NEH grants have transformed the Laramie Plains Museum. Learning best practices in storing and caring for them has helped us make best use of what we have. Once we had mostly static exhibits in a historic house. Now we harness the ‘story’ potential of our artifacts to help history come alive for our visitors.”

–Konnie Cronk, Curator/Registrar, Laramie Plains Museum

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