Monday, June 29, 2009

Donating to the cause

Hi folks - just wanted to let you know that we can't do any donations through PayPal until we get proof of non-profit I took the button off the page here to avoid confusion.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Closing Time- for Now

a (tragi-)comic by Anton Worblewski
honoring Former UWYo Geological Museum Long-Time Director Brent Breithaupt
The University of Wyoming Geological Museum will close on June 30, 2009, at 5PM, indefinitely, as former director Brent "Bud" Breithaupt announced in a Laramie Boomerang interview. With your help, Friends of the SH Knight Geological Museum is committed to seeing that this is not a permanent situation.

Yesterday afternoon I was in the museum helping a grandpa, who happens to be a Friend of the Dinosaurs, get two t-shirts (they are going fast!) for his grandkids. The museum was packed with people, as it has been pretty much daily since the announcement it would be cut completely from the University of Wyoming budget and closed to the public. As the man and I spoke, several people edged up around us to listen to the conversation.
The Friend was concerned that all the money he and the rest of us as Friends of the Dinosaurs had contributed to the museum over the years would be used for another purpose by university administrators, or would go to waste. I assured him that it is our sincere hope that any monies remaining after closure will revert to the funds being raised to reopen the museum, and told him about the new Friends effort, inviting him and the kids to visit us in Washington Park here in Laramie on the 4th of July. The grandkids were excited to come to the park and see us. The little girl, though, said something that struck me like little else in the way of commentary had yet.
She asked, "Where will the dinosaurs go?"
I told her they would remain, at this point, behind the closed doors of the museum.
"They'll get dusty," she said.
And those two kids just didn't want to leave the premises.
Let's get this ball rolling before the dinos- and the new handcrafted display cabinets by local woodworker David Gregory sit filled with other unique exhibits exclusive to Wyoming- start to gather dust.
Respectfully, Lisa
(Link to Boomerang article will be found at in the June 24, 2009, archive, titled "Extinction." Yesterday's news has not been posted yet today.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Friends at Washington Park on 4th of July!

Visit Friends of the SH Knight Geological Museum

During Freedom Has a Birthday at
Washington Park, between Rainbow and Sheridan, 18th and 21st in Laramie, WY
Saturday, July 4, 2009

Fun stuff for kids of all ages and info for those who wish to ‘Keep Laramie Dinos!’

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Beginning

Hello everyone - this blog is intended to keep the community up-to-date on the grassroots effort to keep the UW Geological Museum open to the public.  If we are successful, the museum will be re-named the S. H. Knight Geological Museum in honor of the work and dedication of "Doc" Knight. The museum is is legacy, and we wish to acknowledge this.

Over the next little while we will be doing community education on the importance of keeping the museum open and adequately funded to provide: 1) proper care and feeding of the dinosaurs and other specimens; 2) education of the community on the importance our fossil resources; and 3) ongoing student research at all levels.

We will also be working on raising money to make all this happen. We (and others) will be approaching potential donors great and small in the hopes of raising enough money from many different sources to keep the museum open.

We welcome comments, suggestions, and of course donations! You can donate securely using PayPal on the top left of this page.  All money donated here goes to the Friends of the S. H. Knight Geological Museum, and will be used to help in our efforts to preserve the museum.