The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming invites artists to submit original artwork for display in the new Trailhead Cabin at Heart Mountain, an interpretive center that will open in 2012 at the Heart Mountain trailhead.
The Conservancy is collaborating with the Buffalo Bill Historical Center and a number of other partners to design the interpretation. The displays will cover a wide range of topics including the mountain’s natural history and geology; its importance to the Crow people as a sacred site; and human uses of the mountain ranging from homesteading to agriculture to biking, hiking and hunting.
A homesteader cabin that originally stood in the Corbett’s Bridge area inspired the design of the Trailhead Cabin at Heart Mountain. Vertically oriented logs formed the homesteader cabin’s walls; these same logs are used as siding on the Conservancy’s Trailhead Cabin. A design style known as poteaux-sur-solle or "posts-on-sill," French settlers in North America used this type of construction. Historic houses in this style are found in a number of former French settlements across the United States; several are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Conservancy supporters Anne Young and Jim Nielson saved the homesteader cabin from demolition and donated it to the Conservancy. “When Jim and I learned that this fantastic cabin was about to be demolished, we decided we had to do something. We are thrilled that the Conservancy will utilize this piece of Cody history in a way that the community can enjoy for years to come,” said Anne Young.
Artwork submissions are due October 31, 2011. Art selected for use in displays will be digitally reproduced for interpretive displays; original artwork will not be displayed in the Trailhead Cabin. Artists wanting detailed submission guidelines, or anyone with information about the homesteader cabin that originally stood near Corbett’s bridge, should contact Katherine Thompson: (307) 587-1655 or email@example.com.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.