CASPER, Wyo. — Casper’s Tripeny/Shickich family have created a group working to raise funds for an expansion to Fort Caspar Museum.
That group is called the “Preservation of the Tripeny Drug Committee.” They have already raised $200,000 in private donations.
The City of Casper say the overall project cost to expand the museum would be about $1.2 million.
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Members of the family also donated contents of the old Tripeny Drug and Jewelry Store to the city in February. The expansion of the museum would facilitate the display of these items and other aspects of Casper’s history.
The city council passed a resolution signifying support for the fundraising efforts during their Tuesday, Dec. 17 meeting.
Over the summer, the council considered providing some funding to facilitate the expansion of the museum. However, Casper Mayor Charlie Powell said last Tuesday that it may be preferable to have private parties and the Fort Caspar Museum Association take charge of the fundraising efforts.
He didn’t rule out the possibility that the city could provide some matching funding in the future.