The Sheridan County Historical Society announced in a media release Friday that longtime Sheridan County Museum Director Dana Prater has submitted her resignation effective Thursday, November 11th. The media release highlighted Prater's instrumental involvement over the past eight years in developing the Society's firs Museum on Alger Avenue, and then the establishment of the present Museum on Sibley Circle and East 5th Street.
Prater's work on the Coffeen collection photo project, a collaboration between the Big Horn City Historical Society, the Coffeen Family Foundation and the Museum, will continue with volunteer Trish Coffeen working on final cataloging at the Museum and with the continued involvement of Judy Slack, Director of the Wyoming Room at the Library. The project has won a Wyoming State Historical Society Award and recently the ERA-Carroll Realty grant award of $1000 for best project for a non-profit organization.
Curator of Museum Education, Nathan Doerr, will take over as Interim Director. Doerr has had extensive experience with development of the exhibits, publishing, and general management, in addition to his duties as education curator, and will be working with the Society's Museum Exhibits Committee to develop plans for the new exhibit for 2011.
Neither Prater nor Doerr could be reached for comment on the announcement.