Oral Histories

Thyra Thomson, Wyoming Secretary of State 1963-1987

Oral Histories | The popular Republican Thyra Thomson served as Wyoming’s secretary of state from 1963 to 1987, when she retired. While in office, Thomson witnessed the continuing presence of gender discrimination in the Equality State, and became a fierce advocate for equal rights. She died in Cheyenne June... Read More »

Dr. Willie Black, Chancellor of the Black Student Alliance in 1969, on the Black 14

Oral Histories | In October 1969, University of Wyoming Head Coach Lloyd Eaton dismissed 14 black football players from his team when they donned black armbands to protest certain policies of Brigham Young University. The incident stirred controversy in Wyoming and throughout the nation. Here, Dr. Willie Black, who... Read More »

Former University of Wyoming Football Player Mel Hamilton on his life and the Black 14

Oral Histories | In October 1969, University of Wyoming Head Coach Lloyd Eaton dismissed 14 black football players from his team when they donned black armbands to protest certain policies of Brigham Young University. The incident stirred controversy in Wyoming and throughout the nation. Here, player Mel Hamilton... Read More »

Third Grade Student Jamie Buckley King on the 1986 Bombing of Cokeville Elementary School

Oral Histories | Jamie Buckley King attended third grade at Cokeville Elementary School in Cokeville, Wyo., on May 16, 1986, when David and Doris Young took her and 153 other people hostage at the school, and detonated a bomb inside. The Youngs both died that day. Everyone else survived. Read More »

Secretary Tina Cook on the 1986 Bombing of Cokeville Elementary School

Oral Histories | Tina Cook was the secretary at Cokeville Elementary School in Cokeville, Wyo., on May 16, 1986, when David and Doris Young took her and 153 other people hostage at the school, and detonated a bomb inside. The Youngs both died that day. Everyone else survived. Read More »

Fourth Grade Student LeaKae Roberts Weston on the 1986 Bombing of Cokeville Elementary School

Oral Histories | LeaKae Roberts Weston was a fourth-grader who was absent from class at Cokeville Elementary School in Cokeville, Wyo., on May 16, 1986, when David and Doris Young took 154 other people hostage at the school, and detonated a bomb inside. The Youngs both died that day. Everyone else survived. Read More »

Lead Investigator Ron Hartley, Father of Four Student Survivors, on the 1986 Bombing of Cokeville Elementary School

Oral Histories | Ron Hartley was the lead investigator for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in Cokeville, Wyo. on May 16, 1986, when David and Doris Young took 154 people hostage at Cokeville Elementary School, and detonated a bomb inside. Hartley is the father of four student survivors of the incident.... Read More »

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Allred, Golden, Bighorn Basin trapper Washakie Museum and Cultural Center
Black 14, Hamilton, Mel, former University of Wyoming football player on his life and the Phil White
Black, Dr. Willie, Chancellor of the Black Student Alliance in 1969, on the Black 14 Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Carol Petersen Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Glenna Walker Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Jamie Buckley King Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Janel Dayton Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Kathy Davison Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Kevin Walker Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Kliss Sparks Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, LeaKae Roberts Weston Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Rachel Walker Hollibaugh Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Rich Haskell Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Ron Hartley Wyoming State Archives
Cokeville survivor oral history, Tina Cook Wyoming State Archives
Cook, Tina, Cokeville survivor oral history Wyoming State Archives
Davison, Kathy, Cokeville survivor oral history Wyoming State Archives
Dayton, Janel, Cokeville survivor oral history Wyoming State Archives
Ellis, Frank “Pinky” on the sheep business, small-town politics and family life Casper College Western History Center
Goodwin, Margaret, on Early Bighorn Basin Transportation Washakie Museum and Cultural Center
Hamilton, Mel, former University of Wyoming football player on his life and the Black 14 Phil White
Hansen, Clifford - interview Wyoming State Archives
Hartley, Ron, Cokeville survivor oral history Wyoming State Archives
Haskell, Rich Cokeville, survivor oral history Wyoming State Archives
Hathaway, Stanley - interview Wyoming State Archives