Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Historic Displays

Fort Laramie display
Officer's Quarters
September 2009
Over the weekend while organizing files on my computer, I discovered some forgotten photos of quilts in historical settings. The photos in this post were taken at Fort Laramie, a National Historic Site in Southeastern Wyoming.

Fort Laramie is one of my favorite places to visit because I love wandering through the old buildings and walking the grounds. Yearly from 1973 - 1979, I visited the site and took photos of the remaining buildings. When I returned in 2009, I was happy to see the site is being well-maintained and is now under the direction of the National Park Service.

According to the National Park Service website. . .Originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834, Fort Laramie evolved into the largest and best known military post on the Northern Plains, before its abandonment in 1890. This “grand old post” witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories.

A free pdf of the book, Fort Laramie Park History 1834 - 1977 can be downloaded from the National Park Service site, but be aware that it is a large file - nearly 2MB.
I shared some other images of Fort Laramie here.

Fort Laramie display
Officer's Quarters
September 2009


11 comments:

  1. I really love the top photo--the way the light is falling on the quilt.

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  2. I really should download the e-book! We visited Fort Laramie in 1999. I'm sure it has changed a lot.

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  3. I have never been to Ft. Laramie. It might have to go on my "Got To See" list. Maybe I can stop on my way to Denver sometime...

    Love the pictures of the rooms. The quilts are wonderful.

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  4. Beautiful quilts. Likewise, Ft. Laramie will have to go on my "To See" list...

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  5. I love touring old buildings. I've never been to Fort Laramie, so thanks for sharing. Can you imagine the history behind those quilts?

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  6. Interesting. I've been to Laramie but not the fort. If only the walls in a place like that could talk!

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  7. Love that pineapple quilt! The black is so dramatic in it, and the color arrangement is very different than what is generally done today.

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  8. Beautiful quilts like that always make me want to pick up yet another craft. Looks like a great trip, thanks for sharing!

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  9. The first time I saw a historical re-enactment was as Fort Laramie...I have no idea when that would have been, but thought that it looked like lots of fun. Playing dress-up with a cause - education. It inspired me to later spend time at my local museum doing the same type of thing, just a different place. Thanks for the memory.

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  10. I remember going to Ft. Laramie when I was a young girl. I loved it.
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  11. I am sure I would like to visit there someday..my kind of place:)

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