The George C. Frison Institute is a University of Wyoming research and outreach facility founded by Wyoming’s first State Archaeologist, George Frison. Dedicated to the study of North American, High Plains, and Rocky Mountain archaeology and culture, the Institute fosters interdisciplinary and international scholarship.
The Dubois Museum/Wind River Historical Center is an institution that collects, preserves and interprets the cultural and natural history of the Upper Wind River Valley.
Our collaboration grew out of the recent discoveries at the High Rise Village located on Whiskey Mountain outside of Dubois, Wyoming. In 2006 archaeologists unearthed a significant community living site (over 80 lodge pads so far) at nearly 11,000 feet on Whiskey Mountain near Dubois. The discovery is encouraging the archaeological community to redefine how people in more northern latitudes lived in relation to a fragile and demanding high elevation environment. Through our collaboration, many of the artifacts discovered at the site are receiving the attention they deserve by being displayed in the Dubois Museum instead of being locked away in a vault. Through the Museum’s public programs, the Frison Institute is able to educate an audience they might otherwise be unable to reach.
The Frison Institute will use the funds generated from the gala to advance field research and scholarship pertaining to Alpine Archaeology, including sites in the Wind River Range. The Dubois Museum will use its portion of the proceeds to distribute the results of that field work and scholarship by providing educational programs, outreach, and exhibits to inform the public about cutting-edge findings in the field of Alpine Archaeology.
The gala is an exciting Wyoming event highlighting the latest findings in high altitude archaeology. Proceeds are evenly distributed between the Frison Institute’s Alpine Archaeology Fund and the Dubois Museum/Wind River Historical Center to promote research and public interpretation of high altitude archaeology in the Upper Wind River Valley.
George C. Frison Institute: /www.uwyo.edu/anthropology/frison-institute/index.html
Dubois Museum/Wind River Historical Center: www.duboismuseum.org