Warnke Cites 'Selfish Reason' for Building Dioramas

Local historian Jeff Prater. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Local historian Jeff Prater. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Tom Warnke's latest diorama was unveiled this weekend 138 years, to the day and hour, after a group of Shoshoni rode into the camp of Gen. George Crook at the forks of the Big and Little Goose Creek.

In dedication ceremonies in Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library's Wyoming Room, at 4 o'clock on Saturday, Warnke said he has a “selfish” reason for building his dioramas.

He credited local historians Jeff and Dana Prater (PRAY-ter) with providing him with much of the information he used for his reconstruction. He said the diorama is his interpretation of the Praters' documentation.

Speakers during the dedication included Jeff Prater, who said Crook and his army actually missed their destination when they first arrived here.

He introduced Warnke as “Sheridan's own table-top Gulliver.” The Crook encampment is the 20th diorama that Warnke has built, and more than 50 people attended the dedication.

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