About the Author
A native of Torrington, Wyoming, Richard “RJ” Lara discovered his love for American history while exploring small-town museums in the Rocky Mountain region. His work on a ranch owned by a harness maker and antique collector further encouraged him to study American history through objects and traditional American craftsmanship. RJ received his B.A. at the University of Wyoming, majoring in Secondary Education and History with a minor in Museum Studies. He was a member of a research team that studied the repatriation of cultural objects looted from Cambodia. With this team, he traveled to Cambodia to study Khmer art, architecture, museums, and cultural heritage. RJ has held the positions of Vice President of the Albany County Historical Society; Curatorial Assistant at the Laramie Plains Museum; and Collections Assistant at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. At the latter, he had the pleasure of co-curating the exhibition, Identity and Gender Roles: The North American Indian Photographs of Edward S. Curtis. RJ looks forward to pursuing his interest in leather craftsmanship and horse-drawn transportation at Winterthur.