Garrett Estrada Photo White Pine Public Museum staff pictured holding pieces from the new Pony Express exhibit. Pictured from left to right: Joyce Christensen, former Museum Director Howard Bohrn, new Museum Director Monica Simon and Bill Wilson.

Garrett Estrada Photo
White Pine Public Museum staff pictured holding pieces from the new Pony Express exhibit. Pictured from left to right: Joyce Christensen, former Museum Director Howard Bohrn, new Museum Director Monica Simon and Bill Wilson.

After three years of being the Director of the White Pine Public Museum, Howard Bohrn is passing on the torch to someone else. Monica Simon, the incoming Director, said that she learned a great deal about the museum and its exhibits from the outgoing Bohrn.

“Howard is a great guy. He will be missed,” Simon said.

After taking over the museum on June 11, Simon said her first priority is to drive their membership numbers.

“Memberships mean a great deal. They are what keep us running,” she said.

Memberships currently exist as a more formal way of donating to the museum, though Simon said she is starting to look into giving members special perks, such as raffles or other events.

One of the other ways she is hoping to get more local support is by bringing in new exhibits. On June 13, the museum debuted a new month long exhibit dedicated to the Pony Express. Maps, artifacts and more are featured as part of the exhibit that promotes both the history of the 1,966 mile trail as well as the current riders that make the trek annually.

“The Pony Express is a big part of our history,” Simon said.

The exhibit will run through the Fourth of July weekend, before being replaced by something else. The plan is to have a fairly regular rotation of exhibits come through the space throughout the year.

The White Pine Public Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call Simon at 775-289-4710.