Yellowstone Museum exhibit presents communication through the ages

Samantha Hill

Communication between people is an ever-evolving aspect of life, and those in a certain Park High School class want to show people how.

The Yellowstone Gateway Museum on Thursday will present an exhibit and host a gala on “Communications: A Changing Conversation” created by students in the fall class called Community 360.

Community 360 teacher Hannah Rousch said her class, which discusses philanthropy and entrepreneurship through Shift Empowerment, became interested in the subject of showing how people have evolved their communications through the years.

“This was really the brainchild of the students,” she said.

Telegraphs, vintage phone booths, magazines, artifacts and many other items will be on display during the event and for a year afterward. Many of the items were part of the Gateway Museum’s archives.

The students who took part in the class and curated the exhibit include Alexandra Centofanti, Caitlin Eyster, Alexis Fitzpatrick, Desirree Hollo and Barrett Neal. Each semester, the students of the class must come up with a large project, such as the “Communications” exhibit.

Rousch said the students worked on the project beginning in late October.

She said that when creating the exhibit, the students didn’t put an emphasis on order but rather looked at it as natural movement and connection between the different pieces of technology.

The students also received assistance for their project through the Park County Foundation. Displays for the project were provided by Park High Industrial Technology teacher Jaimie Isaly.

The free event is slated for 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at the museum, located at 118 W. Chinook St. All members of the community are invited. Students will be on hand to talk about the project.