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Cowgirls of the West Museum thankful for community support, excited to open its doors once a week until Christmas

Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 3:13 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Cowgirls of the West Museum has been a part of the Cheyenne community since 2001. Its usually open from May to September. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it wasn’t able to open its doors at all this year.

Museum Director, Pam Cooper, said it’s because many of their volunteers are older and did not feel comfortable engaging with the public. As hard as it was to remain closed, being volunteer run also meant the museum did not qualify for any COVID-19 relief programs. Not being able to host its annual brunch and fashion show also hurt when it came to fundraising.

“The initial plan was, we’re gonna be ok, and then we started looking at it and realized we weren’t. What we had to do was make a contingency plan, that if things didn’t get better, that the museum would have to be boxed up and put in storage,” said Cooper.

Cooper said the community, Visit Cheyenne and people they didn’t even know were invested in the museum, made sure that didn’t happen.

“They really came out of the woodwork to help us because I guess we’re really, to them, the heart of downtown. We’re this little jewel sitting on 17th street, have been here for 19 years and they couldn’t imagine Cheyenne without us,” said Cooper.

Cooper said people coming out to support them is what Wyoming is all about. One of the museum’s founders, Gerrie Bishop, appreciates people realizing the importance the museum has in the community.

“Cowgirls have donated, family and friends, and we really appreciate that because we feel like we’ve developed something important here,” said Bishop.

Cooper said thanks to Visit Cheyenne, they are also happy to announce that starting Sep. 26, the Cowgirls of the West Museum will be open every Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Christmas.

Though the Cowgirls of the West Museum is doing better, it still needs the community’s help and has set up a GoFundMe you can visit here.

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