SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Chinese dragon eyes on display at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum in Green River have been selected as finalists in “Wyoming’s Most Significant Artifact” competition, sponsored by the Wyoming State Historical Society in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries. Held in celebration of 125 years of Wyoming Statehood, the competition provides recognition to cultural institutions throughout Wyoming that preserve and provide access to their collections.
The competition highlights the role that artifacts play in telling the story of Wyoming and engages the general public in building awareness of collections held in trust by Wyoming’s cultural heritage organizations. Representatives of Wyoming’s public archives, historical societies, libraries and museums nominated one item from their collection that they believed was significant to Wyoming’s history.
Out of 41 submissions from museums and other cultural institutions statewide, the dragon eyes were among 25 artifacts picked to compete for the “Top Ten” list to be chosen by a public vote. The Sweetwater County Historical Museum is pleased that their artifacts are finalists and encourages the public to go online and cast their vote. For more information and to submit a ballot, visit this website here.