Sep
06
2009

Wyoming's S. H. Knight Geological Museum gets endowment

S. H. Knight Geological Museum in Laramie, WY: The museum will remain open and get an upgrade thanks to an endowment set up by a former University of Wyoming professor and his wife.
S. H. Knight Geological Museum in Laramie, WY: The museum will remain open and get an upgrade thanks to an endowment set up by a former University of Wyoming professor and his wife.Courtesy Mark Ryan
Good news out of Wyoming. A former University of Wyoming geology professor and his wife have contributed more than half a million dollars to an endowment created to upgrade and maintain the S. H. Knight Geological Museum on the campus of the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Matching funds from the state will double the amount. As you may recall the museum closed last July when its $80,000 budget was eliminated as part of a $18 million dollar cost-cutting effort by the university's Board of Trustees. The university reversed it decision after much public outcry, and the museum reopened seven weeks later, but with reduced hours and only a graduate assistant replacing its former staff (long-time curator and paleontologist Brent Breithaupt, and a part-time assistant). Whether there are plans to rehire Breithaupt is not known at this time, but at least it looks like the museum isn't in danger of extinction anymore.

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