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EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS & RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

As a historic house museum filled with original objects and sitting on its original grounds, Trail End can't help but serve as a learning laboratory for students of all ages. While the site's educational focus has traditionally been on history for elementary and junior high students, recent efforts have broadened that focus to include science and nature as well as language arts and music for older students and adults.

STUDENT PROGRAMS

Junior Curator

Living Laboratory

Junior Curator

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Part of the Wyoming State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails'  Kid's Xtreme initiative, this week-long summer program for students grades six through eight lets them go beyond the Plexiglass doors and into the collections to let them actually TOUCH the STUFF. 


The result is a free-standing closet-sized exhibit that reveals part of the fascinating history of Trail End and/or the Kendrick Family.

TechnoPast

Living Laboratory

Junior Curator

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Like a chocolate-vanilla swirl ice cream cone, this program combines history with technology to create a tasty treat for students in grades six through twelve. 


 Students pick a topic, write a script, and then act, produce, film and edit their video. Since considerable research is involved in producing the final product, this is yet another way for participants to experience history in a hands-on way.


Living Laboratory

Living Laboratory

Living Laboratory

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This collection of site-based and hands-on science activities is custom-designed to introduce local teachers (third through eighth grades) to the wealth of learning opportunities available on the grounds at the Trail End State Historic Site. 


Funded in part by Dining For a Cause, the Trail End Guilds, the Wyoming Community Foundation, and  the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites & Trails.

PHOTO & ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS

Kendrick Family Collection

Manville Kendrick Collection

Manville Kendrick Collection

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Includes archival materials from the Kendrick, Wulfjen, Cumming,  Harmon, Peeler, and Booth families. of Virginia, Texas and Wyoming. 


Finding aid not available 


Primarily 1900-1955 (some earlier/later); correspondence with family and friends; magazines and books; genealogical research materials; photographs

Manville Kendrick Collection

Manville Kendrick Collection

Manville Kendrick Collection

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Manville Kendrick, son of John Benjamin and Eula Wulfjen Kendrick, served as Kendrick Cattle Company president for fifty years.


Finding aid available


Primarily 1900-1982; family records; correspondence with family and friends; magazines and books; genealogical research materials; photographs

Hoff Photographic Collection

Manville Kendrick Collection

Hoff Photographic Collection

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Hundreds of portraits and snapshots from  Kendrick family sources, primarily Rosa-Maye Kendrick Harmon and Ida Peeler Wulfjen. 


Partial finding aid available


Rosa-Maye Kendrick photo albums (c1913-1933); Eula Wulfjen Kendrick photo albums (c1897-1920); Ida Peeler Wulfjen photo albums (c1897-1902); formal portraits

William S. Sopris Collection

Elizabeth Botsford Cox Book Collection

Hoff Photographic Collection

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An entrepreneur and promoter, William S. Sopris was also sports editor for Sheridan newspapers during the 1910s and 20s. 


Partial finding aid available


Newspaper clippings (1917-1940s); programs, dance cards, tickets, flyers, etc.; dance club posters; beauty contest promotional materials; photographs of sports figures, beauty contestants, actors, etc.

Elizabeth Botsford Cox Book Collection

Elizabeth Botsford Cox Book Collection

Elizabeth Botsford Cox Book Collection

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A ranching neighbor of the Kendricks', Cox collected thousands of books, including many identical to those in the Kendrick family library. 


Finding aid available


Primarily Western history; natural history; poetry and literature


Many of the pre-1933 titles are on exhibit throughout Trail End; others are available for in-house research

Construction Era Documents

Elizabeth Botsford Cox Book Collection

Elizabeth Botsford Cox Book Collection

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Photocopies of hundreds of construction era documents (1908-1913) ; originals are at the Wyoming State Archives in Cheyenne.


Finding aid available 


Correspondence with architects, interior designers, etc.; bills of lading, receipts and invoices; preliminary drawings of various rooms and features; specifications for plumbing, plastering, draperies, etc.

PROFESSIONAL MATERIALS

Research Library

Research Library

Research Library

 The Trail End Research Library contains hundreds of volumes relating to a wide variety of museum-related topics.

  • Western history, Wyoming history, Indian wars, ranching, etc.
  • Museum management, curation and conservation
  • Reproduction clothing research and design
  • Early Twentieth Century social history
  • Antiques and collectibles

Clipping Files

Research Library

Research Library

Trail End staff have collection a considerable amount of vertical file materials on a variety of  subjects.

  • Kendrick and Wulfjen family biographical materials 
  • Museum management, volunteer programs, etc.
  • Historic preservation and old house architecture
  • Curation, conservation and exhibition of artifacts
  • Historic house maintenance and restoration
  • Site-related photographs

To Access the Collections

If you're interested in accessing the collections for research purposes, Trail End requires advance notification. Please use the form below to provide us with your name and email address, as well as (1) your research topic, (2) the collection(s) you wish to access, (3) possible dates for your visit to Trail End, and (4) any other information that might help make your research experience more beneficial. Thank you. 

Request Access to Collections & Archives