In 1943, Cpl. Leon Tebbetts and three other soldier-artists were among the thousands of troops stationed at the U.S. Army Air Base in Casper. They created 15 murals showing major events in Wyoming history on the interior walls of the Servicemen’s Club. The colorful murals have been well preserved and can still be seen today at the same place—now the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum.
Eric Wimmer is an artist, curator and art historian. He wrote his master’s thesis on the Casper Army Air Base murals, Leon Tebbetts: An Artist Who Chose to be Forgotten, for the University of Denver and is the former curator of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum. Wimmer currently lives in Casper, Wyo., with his wife and kids where he works as a freelance artist and as curator of the Nicolaysen Art Museum.