Meet our Board
President - Mike Kuzara
“Better late than never” applies to me, I guess. When I think back on all the
things I saw melt into the landscape or become broken or destroyed that
SHOULD HAVE been saved, it makes me want to cry. That’s why I’m so
interested in staying active in preserving our heritage. I think our small group has accomplished large things and future generations will thank us over and over for our efforts.
Vice President - Judy Slack
Museum Director/ Newsletter Editor
I am a life-long resident of Big Horn. I enjoy preserving photographs, diaries and our local history. I worked many years at THE Wyoming Room located at the Sheridan County Library. My main focus was preserving Sheridan County history and have written several books for the library and the Big Horn City Historical Society. My husband John and I have been married 45 years.
Program Chairperson - Elaine Hilman
We had a memorable summer (2018) and passed some milestones. Zane had his 90th birthday and I celebrated my 85th (same day). Our granddaughters gave us a birthday party with 20 friends and relatives. Also this year will be our 66th wedding anniversary.
Then on July 1st our granddaughter, Kayla, was married to John Boam at our place with about 150 guests from 11 states. It started with a chuck wagon rehearsal dinner. A friend of John's family brought up his chuck wagon from Glenrock and prepared a delicious supper. Then the next day was the wedding.
The dancing and fun went on till 2am. This was the 6th wedding at our place.
Correspondence Secretary - Polly Hill
I have been married for 56 years. We have two children and four grandchildren.
My husband was an elementary teacher and then a sales/service rep for mining equipment. I was born and grew up in Minneapolis, MN. I have a twin sister (I am the oldest)! I received my nursing education from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and was a working R.N. for 46 years. My career was very fulfilling...not
everyone gets to deliver a baby or shock a heart back to life! I enjoy various kinds of needlework and read a fair amount of books. I have also lived in Hibbing, MN and Bozeman, MT.
We have lived in BEAUTIFUL Sheridan since 1984.
Treasurer - Mona Coates Brown
I grew up in and around Big Horn through my freshman year of school, then was at Colstrip, MT and graduated from Livingston, MT. I then spent the next 37 years in Washington State, three years in Spokane, ten years in Seattle, thirteen years in Vancouver, ten years on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands and the last year at Anacortes.
Over the 37 years I worked for a manufacturing company as a bookkeeper, partsmanager, shipping clerk, and warehouse manager where I loaded the big trucks with equipment; bookkeeper, office manager and dispatcher on call 24/7 for a trucking company; service cashier, bookkeeper, payroll clerk, title clerk, and switchboard operator for several Seattle area auto dealerships; in retail sales for a welding company; controller for a destination marina; and office manger and bookkeeper for the largest construction company in the San Juan Islands.
In 1995, my mother got sick back here in Sheridan. My husband had recently died and my boss on Orcas had retired at 50 years old and we had closed the company so it seemed to be the time to return to Wyoming; which I did in May of that year.
I sewed at A-Stitch-In-Time and was finance manager at Riley Motors, I helped my sister and brother-in-law on their buffalo ranch at Clearmont doing bookkeeping, waiting tables, cleaning cabins, driving the tour bus, regular ranch work and more. I worked for Cosner Construction Co. as bookkeeper and facilitated getting the job cost records computerized. In 2000, I went to Pradere, Mohatt & Rinaldo as bookkeeper for about 30 separate companies. I was there until I retired 10 years later.
Since then I have been fortunate to work with Judy as a paid contract worker in the Wyoming Room at the Fulmer Public Library and with her on the Elsa project as well as other local history preservation projects. Who knew local history could be so interesting and fun?!
I am a widow and I have 2 grown children, Floyd and Monica. My grandchildren are all 4 legged (except for the 3 legged one.)
Secretary - Patty Gingles
Hi -my name is Patty Gingles and I have been your secretary for the Big Horn City Historical Society for a number of years. I grew up in Huntley, WY, I attended the University of Wyoming and then spent several years all over the country with my husband as he served in the Air Force. After his retirement from the FAA we moved to Story, WY and both became intimately involved with various historical groups. History is my passion and I have been so honored to help get the story of our area history out there for everyone to learn & enjoy.