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November’s Charms in Yellowstone Country

November 15th, 2016 by Park County Travel Council | Be the first to comment!

Here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, things are a little quieter and a little slower during November’s pre-holiday lull, and I look forward to these days. November is my time to visit the places I love and linger for a good, long while. Since Cody is home to numerous museums and attractions that are open year-round, there’s always somewhere else to go, something else to see and something else to do.

A good example is the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, with many fabulous exhibitions during November. At the Draper Museum of Natural History – which is celebrating its 15th anniversary next year – there’s an exhibit called Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations. The exhibit was installed earlier this year, and it will be in place in the special exhibitions gallery through the end of this month. The Draper is the place to go before a Yellowstone visit because it explores and explains the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This particular exhibit presents the challenges elk and other migrating mammals face when they leave park boundaries to search for resources during the winter.

Invisible Boundaries museum exhibit.

Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations showcases the challenges faced by the region’s migrating mammals.

There’s also a fascinating exhibit at the Whitney Western Art Museum. “Inspiring Sights: Yellowstone through Artists’ Eyes” will be on view all next year too. It is a collection of some 40 works by brilliant artists like Thomas Moran and William Matthews.

Lower Falls of Yellowstone painting by Kathy Wipfler.

Artist Kathy Wipfler’s “Lower Falls of the Yellowstone,” is one of many paintings and other works of art displayed at the Whitney Western Art Museum.

If the weather is mild – as it often can be in November – I’ll drive east toward Powell to visit the Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center. Built on the site of a Japanese-American confinement camp, Heart Mountain’s exhibits showcase powerful and often heart-wrenching stories of the Americans who were incarcerated there during World War II. It always makes me ponder the uncomfortable question, “could this happen again?”

Poster detailing instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry during WWII internment.

Heart Mountain WW II Interpretive Center features historic photographs and thought-provoking exhibits showing camp life of incarcerated Japanese-Americans during World War II.

From Heart Mountain, I continue east to the town of Powell where I like to visit the Homesteader Museum, with thousands of artifacts, historic buildings and photographs showing the rugged life of the pioneer.

The quiet of early November will end soon enough as Thanksgiving turkeys are roasted and presents are wrapped, but for now I’m just enjoying the charm of quiet time in Cody.

The exterior of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in winter.

Winter is a great time to linger at the many exhibits and collections in the five-museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Until next time I’m roaming through museums and loving life here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country

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