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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