Business Building 10, 4:15 p.m.
Community halls have served as important social and cultural centers in many rural areas of Wyoming for over 100 years. They are the location for club meetings, holiday parties, wedding receptions, polling places, dances, 4-H meetings, and other events serving a widely dispersed population. This research, from the perspective of a folklorist, focuses on creativity and community—how people express their need for beauty in their everyday lives, and how they maintain connections to the groups that make them who they are, be they familial, occupational, regional, ethnic, or religious. The presentation will explore how communities organized and funded the construction and maintenance of community halls, how they were used and how those uses changed over time, and why some have fallen into disuse and others are still active. Community halls are a tangible expression of the need for community in a local area, and a creative solution to making a space for people to gather.
Gateway Center, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.