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State Museum November Family Days Program Celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Posted: Monday, October 30, 2017
Contact: Nathan Doerr

The Wyoming State Museum’s Dia de los Muertos Family Days program will be held Saturday, November 4. Families are invited to visit the Museum anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to explore the cultural traditions and folk art of Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead.

During their visit, participants will celebrate the holiday as they decorate sugar skulls, make tissue paper marigolds and papel picado, view examples of altars, learn traditional dancing with members of Las Angelitas Unidas y Los Rayos del Sol, and listen to the music of Mariachi 307.

According to Nathan Doerr, curator of Education at the Wyoming State Museum, “Dia de los Muertos is a day dedicated to remembering those who have departed. As opposed to Halloween, it is a day of celebration filled with rich cultural traditions and colorful folk arts. Celebrating those traditions and arts is a way for us to explore the cultures that are a part of Wyoming’s past and present.”

Family Days is a free program of the Wyoming State Museum, which provides children and their families with fun and educational opportunities to explore Wyoming’s natural and cultural resources.

The program is held the first Saturday of the month, September through May, at the Wyoming State Museum. Each month’s program has a different theme. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Doerr at 777-7021.

Photo cutline: Sugar skull decorating is one of the most popular things to do at the State Museum’s Dia de los Muertos Family Day program.