Fremont County residents can now take a walk down memory lane, browsing through Riverton High School and Shoshoni High School yearbooks via PDF format on a DVD. Several years of Riverton and Shoshoni school annuals were digitized by the Oklahoma Correctional Institution (OCI) at no cost. The annuals were sent out, digitized and later returned with a DVD copy.
“After I spoke with a few other libraries in Wyoming who used the project to digitize their collection of yearbooks, I determined it would be a worthwhile project to help preserve our counties history as well as provide another avenue for researchers that are unable to come to our museum to conduct research,” said Karline Stetler, site director and curator at the Riverton Museum. “While the project is currently only covering the 1950s and upward we are hoping they will move towards the older annuals in the future.”
The yearbooks digitized so far from Riverton are the years 1960 thru 1967, 1975, 1976, and 1989. Shoshoni annuals digitized were 1954, 1968 thru 1970 and 1973. “When we get more annuals in to help fill in those missing years we will send them out to OCI to be digitize which will help further preserve our history,” said Karline Stetler.
If anyone would like to contribute to this project and help the Riverton Museum with the missing years they can contact the museum at 307-856-2665 or stop in at 700 East Park Avenue. The DVDs are available for browsing at the Riverton Museum, Monday thru Saturday, 9:00 AM thru 5:00 PM.