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New exhibit at Buffalo Bill Center of the West focuses on human presence in Yellowstone

Wolf skull in the foreground with four paintings of of waterfalls in the background.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West has opened an exhibit focused on 150 years of Yellowstone National Park.

It's called Yellowstone: For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the Peopleand will be open all this year.

The special exhibition grapples with the idea of Yellowstone through the lens of people who have used, loved, lived and migrated through the park.

Karen McWhorter, the museum's director of curatorial, education, and museum services, said one of the takeaways from curating the exhibit was the idea was experimental

"What's interesting is that today, the conversations are becoming increasingly thoughtful and involving a more diverse set of opinions as decisions around management of Yellowstone become more collaborative," said McWhorter.

McWhorter said they tried to highlight the history of the different players involved in the history of the park by profiles exhibited throughout the space. Including the perspective of current Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland, the first Indigenous person to serve in the position.

"Really her political career as it is focused on environmental justice and climate change, among many other kinds of passion projects," said McWhorter. "But Deb Holland is one among many people, in her case, a contemporary profile of someone who is actively involved in, in the park in its administration."

McWhorter said they were able to use objects from all five of the museums within the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Jeremy Johnston and Emily Buckles curated the exhibit.

Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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