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Sep 19, 2013 10:23 PM by Chet Layman - MTN News

Welcome Yellowstone exhibit at Museum of the Rockies to display 141 years of history

There is no arguing Yellowstone National Park is a tourist destination.

The 141-year history of tourism in Yellowstone is now on display at the Museum of the Rockies and the exhibit opens this weekend, September 21st.

In 2009, the Museum of the Rockies acquired the artifacts of the Hamilton Povah Yellowstone collection and it's taken this long to catalog and prepare the collection for display.

The museum's Curator of History, Michael Fox said, "It consists of over 1200 artifacts that really document the family's history in the park - since they ran curio stores, cafeterias, trailer parks, all of these different businesses in the park. These are the things that are highly representative of the tourist experience."

The entire 141-year history of the nation's first national park is represented in the exhibit. The challenge is bringing something new to one of the most visited locations in the country.

"Everybody knows something about Yellowstone Park," Fox said. "As the curator I've really gone out of my way to ensure that everybody will learn something new. Whether you know a lot about Yellowstone National Park or you've never been to Yellowstone National Park, you'll learn something new here."

To ensure that, the Museum of the Rockies had to reach beyond the vast Hamilton Povah collection - way beyond.

Fox said, "Everything from photography from the Library of Congress to a stage coach from an independent owner (is) here as well. So, we're very excited about the artifacts and we're excited to tell the story in a way that we don't think it has been told before."

Opening this weekend, Welcome Yellowstone runs right up to January of next year.

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