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Fort Caspar Museum featuring exhibit about Daughters of the American Revolution

Fort Caspar Museum (File, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Through July 10, the Fort Caspar Museum will offer “Patriotism from Peaks to Prairies,” which informs viewers about the role of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Wyoming’s history.

“Did you know the design of the Wyoming State Flag was the result of a contest — with a prize of $20 — held by the Wyoming Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1916?” the museum wrote in a news release. “The DAR was also instrumental in the selection of the Indian Paintbrush as the Wyoming State Flower, marking the Oregon Trail and other historic sites throughout the state, and more.”

While the state of Wyoming had limited involvement in the war, many key players and their descendants ended up in the state, or spent time in it, the release continued. The Daughters have been active in Wyoming since 1894, and the exhibit will detail its history and achievements here.

Today, members of the Daughters operate on the principles of historic preservation, education and patriotism. The organization marks historic sites and honors service members, in addition to promoting American history education in schools and communities.

The exhibit is accompanied by a permanent monument, which recognizes those who fought for independence in the Revolutionary War, stated a release sent earlier this month. The bronze plaque, titled “America250!” was dedicated on June 3, recognizing the 250-year anniversary of the war. The monument was sponsored by the Wyoming State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and coincided with its statewide conference in Casper. “America250!” monuments will be placed in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C.

Visit Fort Caspar’s website for more information about the exhibit.