History Program Continues: Grilley Tells Audience How it Really Was

Nena Grilley, one of Glenrock’s finest storytellers, captured her audience’s full attention last Thursday evening as she shared her knowledge of Deer Creek’s early settlement. Through Grilley, attendees at the Glenrock Summer Lecture Series gained insight into the characters and personalities that first settled in the Glenrock area.


From Mormon persecution, the Civil War and the Pony Express to the Indian Wars, the Oregon Trail and Deer Creek crossing, Grilley’s audience learned Glenrock history from the early 1840s to the late 1880s. Grilley’s pioneer attire was the icing on the cake to her informed presentation. Her separation of myth and fact created a clear picture of how the town really developed. It was another success in the summer program: “One Town Many Stories,” a collaboration between the Glenrock Library and the Deer Creek Museum.


Four chances remain for Glenrock residents to enjoy rousing tales of the area’s history. This free program (refreshments served) continues this coming Thursday evening at 6 P.M. when Rachel Grant tells the tale of the Sno-Shoe Ranch. Attendees will hear how Ulysses Grant, an early homesteader, created not only a family cattle business but the foundation of Glenrock’s relationship with area ranches.


On July 7th members of Glenrock’s library staff will explain how a barber shop housed Glenrock’s first library and the power of a women’s book club to create a legacy spanning 50 years. The program will include a discussion of the library’s present role in the community and the importance of public space in history. The lecture will conclude with a discussion on the library’s future and how technology and Glenrock residents will help to shape that future.


On July 14th former National President of the Pony Express Association and Glenrock resident Les Bennington will share his vast knowledge of the Deer Creek Home Station and its role in the life of the Pony Express. The following week Kathy Patceg, city building inspector and head of the Main Street Program will talk about the buildings in Glenrock’s downtown area, their history and their importance to local businesses and the preservation of America’s main street.


Programs start at 6 P.M. Thursday evenings at the library. Everyone is invited to attend. The program is suitable for all ages.

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Saving a Species, Discovering a New Genus: Glenrock Dino Lecture a Success

The Glenrock Historical Commission’s Summer Lecture Program kicked off Thursday evening with a lecture by dinosaur enthusiast and field paleontologist Jessica Smith. Her pride for Glenrock’s dinosaur discoveries translated into a rousing speech that shared not only the story of Stephanie but the history of Wyoming’s paleontological research. An enthusiastic audience came away with a better understanding of Glenrock’s place in modern dinosaur research.


Smith discussed how the discovery of Stephanie’s skull on the Dunham Ranch two decades ago not only established the Paleon museum but actually saved Stephanie’s entire species. The history of the American bone wars was fascinating and a quick lesson in understanding dinosaur names well received.


This coming Thursday June 23, Nena Grilley, a former geologist and graduate of Syracuse University will share the rich and early history of Glenrock and its relationship to the Mormon Trail. Early settlement will be discussed as well as the LDS’ role in establishing Glenrock as a Pony Express home station and a must stop hamlet on the Oregon Trail.


As we delve deeper into the history of Glenrock we begin to see its relationship with the larger western story and the establishment of nearby towns such as Casper, Parkerton and Douglas. Our humble little home places a magnifying glass on the story of the old west highlighting all the cultural and social groups that make up America’s pioneer and entrepreneurial spirit.


June 30, Rachel Grant will discuss the history of the Sno-Shoe ranch and the intimate connection between small western towns and their outlying ranching communities. All lectures are free, from 6 to 8 P.M. (time includes question and answer session) and the public is encouraged to attend. Lectures are will be held at the Glenrock Branch Library, are suitable for all ages and refreshments will be served.

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2011 Summer Lecture Series

One Town Many Stories

June 16, 6-8 P.M——Prehistory: Glenrock’s Dinosaurs—Jessica Smith

June 23, 6-8 P.M.—–Mormons and Early Settlement—Nena Grilley

June 30, 6-8 P.M.—–Living History: Snow Shoe Ranch—Rachel Grant

July 7, 6-8 P.M.——-Pony Express and its Legacy—Les Bennington

July 14, 6-8P.M.——Main Street Story—Kathy Patceg

July 21, 6-8 P.M.——Social History and Public Spaces—Library Staff

All lectures are free and will take place at the Glenrock Library

Should last no more than 45 minutes.

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