The Online Encyclopedia of Wyoming History



WyoHistory.org, a project of the Wyoming State Historical Society, was founded in 2010 by the Society and by Project Director Tom Rea, with oversight of an enthusiastic advisory board.

The website first went live online in May 2011.


WyoHistory.org encourages exploration of Wyoming and its past by building and maintaining a permanent, interactive encyclopedia of Wyoming history as an ongoing project of the Wyoming State Historical Society.


WyoHistory.org aims to be the primary source of online information about Wyoming history for the public, including teachers, students, tourists, public officials, history buffs and scholars. WyoHistory.org seeks readers’ feedback as it continues to add high-quality articles and information about local resources, activities and events.

People behind the scenes

(All staff and writers work on contract as financing permits.)

Tom Rea, editor; Rebecca Hein, assistant editor; and Steve Foster, designer. For links to more about the writers of the articles and other contributors, see the Contributors drop-down menu on the home page.


WyoHistory.org welcomes the support of the following sponsors:

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Contact Us


  • For writers: Contact the editor for submission guidelines.
  • For contributors of oral histories: Contact the editor for more information.

WyoHistory.org advisory board

  • Chamois Andersen, communications and public outreach, Wyoming State Geological Survey, Laramie
  • Nancy Anderson, M.A., Hanna; director, Hanna Museum
  • Carol Bryant, Ph.D., Laramie; associate professor of secondary education, University of Wyoming
  • Sue Castaneda, Cheyenne; public information officer, Wyoming State Archives – Wyoming Division of State Parks and Cultural Resources
  • Jessica Clark, Ph.D., Rock Springs, assistant professor of history and political science, Western Wyoming Community College
  • Rick Ewig, M.A., Laramie, associate director, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, and president, Wyoming State Historical Society
  • Linda Fabian, Wheatland, executive secretary, Wyoming State Historical Society
  • Todd Guenther, M.A., Lander, assistant professor of anthropology and history, Central Wyoming College
  • Tamsen Hert, Laramie, M.A., M.L.S., associate librarian, University of Wyoming libraries; chair, collections committee and member, website committee, Wyoming State Historical Society.
  • Mary Hopkins, M.S., Laramie, Historic Preservation Officer, Wyoming Historic Preservation Office
  • Lynn Houze, Cody, curatorial assistant, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and board member, Wyoming State Historical Society
  • Michael Jording, M.D., Newcastle, past president, Wyoming State Historical Society
  • Richard Kean, Laramie, coordinator, Wyoming History Day, American Heritage Center
  • Ann Noble, M.A., Cora, chairperson, Wyoming Community College Commission, and freelance historian
  • David Peterson, B.A., history and M.A., education, Sheridan, eighth grade social studies teacher, Sheridan Junior High
  • Phil Roberts, Ph.D., Laramie, historian and associate professor of history, University of Wyoming
  • Eric Sandeen, Ph.D., Laramie, professor of American Studies and director, American Studies Program, University of Wyoming, Laramie
  • Beth Southwell, Laramie, paleontologist and longtime volunteer, UW geology museum
  • Bob Stottler, curator, Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, Worland
  • Dave Taylor, B.S.E., Casper, Wyoming State Historical Society past president, Casper


WyoHistory.org was designed and developed using Drupal by Steve Foster, a former journalist for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, freelance designer and co-owner of Purple Rivers Design, a Denver-based web design and content company.