Sanderson retires from FB State Site

Cecil Sanderson is pictured on a replica of the horse, holding the huge wooden sword, used by the military when Fort Bridger was a military post in the late 1800s. The horse and sword was used as a punishment tool instead of the men being placed in the guardhouse. COURTESY PHOTO

FORT BRIDGER — Cecil Sanderson, curator for the Fort Bridger State Site, was feted at a retirement dinner last Saturday night at the American Legion Hall in Fort Bridger.

Sanderson, cultural resource specialist, has worked at the state site for 30 years, beginning as a summer seasonal employee. He initially answered an ad for a seasonal interpreter, which meant he “dressed up in period clothing and talked to the visitors.” The start in June 1988 was the stepping-stone tenure at the Fort Bridger State Historic Site.

In 1988, according to Sanderson, the staff at the State Site was in a transitional period. When Sanderson joined the staff, the site had a curator. One of the turnovers of staff moving in-and-out resulted in the curator leaving. At that point, Sanderson said, he applied for and was hired for the position in August.

In addition, to his tenure at the state site, Sanderson has also represented Wyoming on the board of the Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM) and served as Wyoming’s representative on the Mountain Plains Museum Association (MPMA), which covers the states from Montana to Texas and the Dakotas.

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