Dan Kinnaman, Historian Emeritus

In recognition of his contributions to historical research of Carbon County, Carbon County Museum is pleased to confer the title of Historian Emeritus to Rawlins historian Dan Kinnaman. A reception will be held in his honor from 5-7 pm on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Carbon County Museum. Whether Dan is your lifelong friend or a community figure you’ve always wanted to pose a question to, this is an excellent opportunity to recognize and thank him for his service and dedication to preserving the history of Carbon County. Mr. Kinnaman will be present to sign copies of his third book, Rawlins, Wyoming: The Territorial Years. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Dan Kinnaman is a third generation Carbon County resident. He was born in Rawlins in 1933. A graduate of Rawlins High School and the University of Wyoming, Dan worked in his family’s auto parts business from 1961 until his retirement in 1996. He also served four years in the Wyoming State House of Representatives, and sat on the Wyoming State School Board, the University of Wyoming Trustees, and the Wyoming State Library Board.

The generosity of spirit Dan brings to his research is one of his greatest gifts to the community. Carbon County Museum Assistant Registrar Carol Reed recalls him stating, ‘Just knowing history isn’t any good unless you share it with others.’” Dan has published three volumes on the history of Carbon County, Wyoming: A Little Piece of Wyoming (1997), Carbon: The First Coal Town in Wyoming (2011), and Rawlins, Wyoming: The Territorial Years (2013).

About Carbon County Museum: Carbon County Museum collects, conserves, interprets and disseminates regional history and culture to inspire Carbon County cultural entities and all learners—today and tomorrow. The museum envisions diverse but relevant experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about themselves and their world through the history of Carbon County. Visit us from 1-5 pm Tuesday through Saturday at 904 West Walnut Street in Rawlins, or on the web at CarbonCountyMuseum.org.


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