Crook Camp Diorama in Works for Library

Judy Slack showing Crook's Camp map. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Judy Slack showing Crook's Camp map. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Crook's Camp Diorama Case -- Photo by Pat Blair
Crook's Camp Diorama Case -- Photo by Pat Blair

Visitors to the Sheridan Public Library Wyoming Room will see something new these days: a display case for a diorama of Gen. Crook's camp in Sheridan. Sheridan resident Tom Warnke (WARN-kee) is building the piece, and is about two months from completion. Wyoming Room Librarian Judy Slack said this will be the Sheridan dioramist's twentieth creation. She talked about how the work came about.

She said the diorama will be dedicated on June 14 – 138 years after Crook halted his army here in 1876. The general was on his way to meet with General Custer, but instead, his army clashed with the Sioux at the Rosebud in southern Montana on June 17, and Crook was forced to turn back.

She said the depiction is of the general's camp on the afternoon of June 14, 1876, and will include an established Crow camp and a party of Shoshone approaching. Local artist Connie Robinson is painting the background mural. The dedication of the diorama is planned for 4 o'clock in the afternoon, and the Wyoming Room will be open to the public from 3 until 5 that day.

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