Time, Cheese and People in Star Valley

We were lucky last weekend to visit Star Valley for the Wyoming Historical Society’s annual trek. During two days of talk and bus rides we learned about the area’s history, geography, beauty—and isolation. Only two paved routes lead there.

Juneteenth to the Fourth of July

On June 15th, 1889, around 100 women in Cheyenne gathered in a mass meeting to demand woman suffrage be included in the Wyoming Constitution. One hundred thirty-four years and two days later, on Saturday—June 17th, 2023—the Wyoming State Museum will be hosting another large gathering in Cheyenne to kick off Civic Season.

It’s launched!

Hello! We hope you enjoy our newly redesigned website to see how it works and what it offers. Here is a quick tour of the website and its improvements and new features.

History’s Not Static

Several recent events, including her induction into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, have brought Agnes Wright Spring further into the public eye. The attention has drawn both praise and thoughtful criticism of her work.

Lizabeth Wiley and Greybull’s Town Records

Ordinances and town-council meeting minutes do not reveal much about Wiley’s fight against the KKK. They do show her extensive support of the Fire Department and better safety regulations. Her fight to uphold the prohibition laws also makes only a brief appearance in the minutes, with her appointment of a special police officer to monitor public dances.

Judging History

On Monday, May 1 in Laramie we were fortunate to have a chance to judge at Wyoming History Day. More than a hundred students from a dozen or so Wyoming schools participated; 42 of them will take their projects to compete at National History Day at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., just north of Washington, D.C., in June.

The Girl Guards and Statehood

Among all the celebrations, ceremonies, speeches, anxieties and hopes around the time Wyoming was becoming a state, Cheyenne newspapers reported a unique series of events, now largely forgotten, that hint at how people felt about gender roles in a fast-changing time.

Hot Springs Then and Now

Two major threads run through this history of Hot Springs State Park, which is also the story of Thermopolis, Wyo. One is the desire of medical professionals and people whose ailments were cured or ameliorated by the waters to spread the news. The other is the sharp contrast between Native and White people’s ways.

Blizzards Then and Now

Last week's snowstorm, which dumped more than 37 inches of snow on Casper and large amounts on much of Wyoming, calls to mind the Blizzard of 1949. Travel is dangerous or impossible in heavy snowfall, especially when a storm includes low temperatures and strong winds.

Ranching for Fun and Profit

Arcadia Publishing issues numerous books about local history in the United States, most by local historians. Their titles include two books about different kinds of ranching in Wyoming: dude ranching and sheep and cattle ranching.