The Meeteetse Museums is taking reservations for a Legend Rock Tour on Saturday, June 19, led by Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Loendorf. There will be two tours: one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at …
The Meeteetse Museums is taking reservations for a Legend Rock Tour on Saturday, June 19, led by Dr. Lawrence “Larry” Loendorf. There will be two tours: one at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m.
This year, museum officials are being required by Wyoming State Parks to keep tours to 10 people. Because of those restrictions, attendees must sign up beforehand by calling 307-868-2423.
“Emails or Facebook messages do not reserve your spot, only a phone call will. You must show up on time and must meet us on-site,” Meeteetse Museums officials said in a news release. “Tours are first-come, first-served based on advanced registration. There is a wait list. If you cannot make the tour but have reserved a spot, please call and cancel so someone else can enjoy the experience.”
Loendorf was born and raised in Montana. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Montana and his PhD is from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He taught at the University of North Dakota for 22 years and then moved to undertake research and teaching at New Mexico State University. Currently, he is the president of Sacred Sites Research, Inc., a nonprofit company dedicated to protecting ancient pictograph and petroglyph sites.
Loendorf’s early career was mainly as a “dirt” archaeologist. Working with field crews, he located and excavated dozens of sites in the Pryor Mountain-Bighorn Canyon region and on the High Plains from North Dakota to New Mexico. For the past 30 years he has concentrated on rock art-related research projects. This research was in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico, although he directed a three-year project recording rock art sites in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona.
Loendorf has written numerous scholarly articles with two books directed primarily toward rock art, “Ancient Visions: Petroglyphs and Pictographs from the Wind River and Bighorn Country, Wyoming” and “Montana and Thunder and Herds: Rock Art of the High Plains.” He has also completed research into the former lifeways of the Sheep Eater Indians in Yellowstone National Park, writing the book “Mountain Spirit: The Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone,” which is available in the Meeteetse Museums Gift Store.
To register for the tour or for more information, call the Meeteetse Museums at 307-868-2423. The museums are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.