Depot makes new director official

The Livingston Depot Center will officially recognize a new director of the facility Oct. 1.

Laura McCarthy-Cota has been working part time at the Depot since May as she she adapts to her new directorial role.

McCarthy-Cota is taking the place of Diana Sieder, who has been director of the facility for over 20 years.

“I am so lucky that I got to pick Diana’s brain for the last few months,” McCarthy-Cota said.

McCarthy-Cota studied geology at Colorado College as an undergraduate.

“I like to say that geology is like studying history but with a different timeline,” she joked Thursday.

After college she moved to Livingston for nine years, working as the registrar at the Yellowstone Gateway Museum for five years.

She then attended Trinity College in Connecticut for her master’s degree in American Studies: Museum and Communities.

McCarthy-Cota moved back to Livingston early last year and hopes to continue to grow the Depot’s presence in the community.

She said her plan is to fill the Depot’s October-to-April off-season with activities. Among these is the Depot’s Beer and Wine Tasting event, now in its 15th year, which takes place Nov. 10.

“Its one of the Depot’s biggest fundraisers,” she said.

McCarthy-Cota said she also hopes to include more students in the history and science aspects of learning about trains.

“There really is so much science and engineering that goes into learning about trains,” she said.

For more on the Depot’s schedule, visit or call 222-2300.