WITH AN EYE to the Past is the name given to Trail End's collection of miscellaneous educational and/or fun projects. Some are the outcome of exhibits, others are just interesting things Trail End staff have discovered or put together over the years. As they come up with more, we will add them to the website, so check back often!


In 2008, Trail End opened a new exhibit entitled Youngsters to Be Proud Of: The Changing Nature of Childhood as Seen Through Three Generations of Kendrick Family Children. Using members of the extended Kendrick family, the exhibit focused on the changing roles of children in the American household.

As part of the exhibit, Trail End's curatorial staff developed an in-class hands-on program featuring 150 years of changing trends in children's clothing. Through electronic media and object-based presentations, students can compare and contrast how clothing has been made and used, and how styles have changed over the years.

To bring The Fashionable Child program to your classroom, please contact the Trail End State Historic Site at 307-674-4589 at least three weeks in advance.


As part of their research, Trail End staff occasionally run across  puzzles and games from the early 20th Century that might be of interest to today's students. As we finish working them out ourselves, we'll add them to the website.

  • "B" On the Lookout is from a 1922 Sheridan newspaper. It is meant to test the reader's eye for detail. See how many objects in the picture you can find that begin with the letter "B" - like Boy, Barrel, Balcony and Buggy. HINT: there are at least eighty possible answers!

  • Penning Pretty Poems for Plants & Posies is from a 1920 magazine. The poem is written in a style known as "rhyming couplets." This means that each pair of lines in a couplet rhyme with each other. There is a set of rhyming couplets for flowers starting with all the letters of the alphabet except X, Y and Z. The exercise is to (a) come up with flowers starting with these three letters, and (b) write a couplet for each of the three flowers. HINT: X is hard, but look at the clue for Z; Y has a couple of possibilities, both of which grow in Wyoming; Z grows in lots of local gardens, but in Britain it sometimes starts with an X.​​

 (Prout, TESHS)

With an Eye to the Past

 State Historic Site

Trail End