County museums now moving in positive directions new director said

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Director of the Fremont County Museum System today told Lander Rotarians that the county’s three publicly funded museums are all moving in a positive direction after several somewhat tumultuous years. Scott Goetz said the Visitors Services Coordinator for Lander’s Pioneer Museum is now in place in the form of Randy Wise, formerly of Sinks Canyon State Park. He said Wise will be working on exhibits and interpretive displays not only for Lander, but for the other two museums as well. He said a new Dubois Museum Coordinator has also been hired, saying that Amy Novelli is coming on board in the Upper Country. He said he hoped to have a similar announcement soon for the Riverton Museum’s vacancy.

Goetz told the Rotarians that his first major thrust involves a new emphasis and training for collections management at all three museums. “We want to meet standard museum expectations, and “in the three months that I’ve been there, we’ve gotten a lot better in many ways.” Goetz said his goal is to get accredited by the American Association of Museums, but before he can pursue that, “we have to have a foundation of good collections policy and practice and, of course, training.” He said he hopes to have the new collections policy in place by the end of the summer. “It’s critical that we have consistency between the three museums,” he said.

As far as a new museum building in Dubois is concerned, Goetz said construction documents should be in place by September 30th. “We’ll need funding to build it, but I think we have a plan for a good quality museum that is appropriate size-wise for exhibits, storage and future growth,” he said. “That project is moving along smoothly now.”

Goetz said he is also making an effort on marketing the activities and collections at the three museums “to change the perception of where we’ve been.”

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