View From The Attic
In the fall of 2006, the Fremont County Historical Society, the
Sidney Rodeo Organization and the Legion Auxiliary started the
process to build a Rodeo Museum. Now, two years later, the plans
are made and funding is being secured. What’s needed now is to
collect the Rodeo memorabilia that will help tell the story.
begin with the history of Wild West Shows and how they led to
Rodeos. The specific story of the Sidney Rodeo and how it evolved
from Chautauqua and veteran reunions is next. There will be
displays about the outfits and the equipment needed by the cowboys
to rodeo. The women of the Rodeo will have their section. The
animals--bulls to bucking broncos-- will be celebrated. Rodeo
Queens, Champion Cowboys and Rodeo Clowns will not be forgotten.
The hospital and many of its stories will have a spot. Visitors
will learn about the sport of rodeo and how the national PRCA
Association runs the events. All kinds of rodeo items are needed
to tell these stories.
home movies can be loaned to be copied and returned. These will
play an important role in the Museum. Plans are to digitize
movies to help visitors relive the thrill of Rodeo performances.
Some of the snapshots and postcards will become large posters.
of items begins Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 to 11:00 at the
Great Western Bank in Sidney. Members of the organizing committee
will be there to accept items for the Museum. Additional
collection times will be on the second Saturday of November,
January, February and March at the Great Western Bank.
The process of
accepting an item for the museum is called “accessioning.” Each
donor who brings in items is given a number and the items they
give will have accessioning numbers under the donor’s heading.
The number identifies the donating owner so proper credit can be
made to the giver in an exhibit. The donor will be asked to
provide any information they have on each donated item.
items will be stored in the acclimatized, secure basement of the
Great Western Bank until the Museum is built. Paper items
donated will be put in acid-free plastic envelopes to ensure they
do not deteriorate. Clothing will be put in acid-free boxes.
Museum is ready for exhibit construction, these items will be used
for displays. Any of the collection not used in the first set of
exhibits will be carefully stored and saved to use in the future.
Additionally, the collection will be available to researchers,
historians and interested citizens who can come to the Museum’s
genealogy area to learn more about the history of the Sidney
The quality of
the Rodeo Museum exhibits will be directly related to what it
receives from the public. You can help make the Museum a huge
success by sharing your treasures. It all begins on October 11,
2008 at the Great Western Bank in Sidney.