A Moving History: First Speaker Series Program is about Livingston and the Railroad

Yellowstone Gateway Museum Collections

Yellowstone Gateway Museum Collections

The Friends of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum announce their upcoming speaker series, A Moving History, featuring area experts. The four, bi-monthly programs begin on February 28 with “The Railroad: Livingston and the Beginnings of a County” presented by Museum Director Paul Shea, and continue through mid-April. Other topics include our area’s native trails, the Yellowstone Trail, and traveling along the Lewis & Clark trail.

Museum Director Paul Shea shares early photos—some recent donations to the museum and never seen before—and stories of our vibrant history. The railroad is the reason that Livingston is here, and the arrival of the railroad created the economic development that led to the separation of Park County from Gallatin County.

Museum Director Paul Shea

Museum Director Paul Shea

Shea has served as director of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum since December 2009. Before his move to Livingston, Shea was the founding executive director of the Yellowstone Historic Center in West Yellowstone, a position he held from 1998 to 2008. Paul also oversaw the restoration of West Yellowstone’s historic railroad district.  Shea has lived and worked in and around Yellowstone National Park since 1979 and is originally from Nevada.

Two weeks later, on Wednesday, March 14, historian Jerry Brekke presents “The Big Bend of the Yellowstone Trail Nexus.” On Wednesday, March 28, graduate history student Lerick Allen presents “Convicts, Boosters, and Citizens: Park County’s contribution to the Yellowstone Trail” and on Wednesday, April 11, Lewis and Clark historian Norm Miller presents “In the Wake of Discovery: Traveling the Lewis and Clark Trail by Canoe and Foot.” Stay tuned for more details about each program.

All programs are part of the museum’s Wednesday evening programming, Hump Day History, and are held at 7:00 pm at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum, 118 W. Chinook, Livingston. The speaker series is free and open to the public and refreshments are served. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for people to enjoy the museum’s exhibits before the program and to grab a seat. Attendees must climb stairs to the top floor of museum for the program.

Watch for more information about upcoming programs or contact Karen Reinhart at 222-4184 or kreinhart@parkcounty.org. Visit our Facebook page, yellowstonegatewaymuseum, or our web site, www.yellowstonegatewaymuseum.org.