The Online Encyclopedia of Wyoming History



Digital Toolkits of Wyoming History

Aimed at secondary levels and above, these toolkits connect topics in Wyoming history with one of 12 overarching areas of U.S. history, from the Constitution through the Cold War to coal-rich Wyoming’s role in the nation’s future.

Each toolkit contains:

1. A background summary of the topic.
2. Links to relevant primary-source documents—maps, photos, letters, etc.
3. Links to more detailed WyoHistory.org articles on the topic.
4. Exercises encouraging students to write about or otherwise encounter the topic.
5. Bibliographies and links for further information and research.
6. Information on how each toolkit meets Wyoming State Social Studies Standards

Area 1: Foundations of the United States (1700-1800)
EQ: How do our constitutions as living documents represent “we the people”? 

Area 2: Early Growth of the United States (1800-1850s)
EQs: Why do peoples and societies explore, relocate, and settle frontiers?

Area 3:  Native People in a Changing West
EQ: How was Native American culture transformed by contact with Europeans, and what impact did these transformations have on the Native Americans?

Area 4: The United States During the Civil War (1850s-1860s)
EQ: How did the Civil War fundamentally alter the nation?

Area 5: The United States During Reconstruction (1860s-1870s)
EQ: How did the Western region of the U.S. respond to challenges of Reconstruction?

Area 6: Westward Expansion and the United States (1840s-1890s)
EQ: How did westward expansion affect tensions within different regions of the U.S.?

Area 7: Industrialization and Progressivism (1880s-1920s)
EQ: How did economic growth affect the quality of life within the U.S.?

Area 8: The U.S. During the First World War (1910s-1920s)
EQ: How did the movement of peoples to and within the U.S. affect its society?

Area 9: The U.S. During the Great Depression (1920s-1930s)
EQ: What lessons can be learned from the effects of the Great Depression?  

Area 10: The U.S. During the Second World War (1940s)
EQ: How did the Second World War produce changes in the U.S. home front?

Area 11: The U.S. During the Cold War (1950s-1980s)
EQ: How did the Cold War change the national character of the U.S.?

Area 12: The U.S. During the Struggle for Civil Rights (1960s-1970s)
EQ: How successful was the U.S. in creating a more equitable society?

Area 13: The U.S. From the 1980s through the Present
EQ: How has the U.S. responded to globalization and conflict in recent decades?  

Packages for Elementary Classrooms

These packages group WyoHistory.org articles on the Oregon Trail and on the Indian Wars of early Wyoming, themes widely studied in fourth-grade classrooms. For each topic or historic site, the packages also offer background articles, field-trip lesson plans to the sites, detailed maps, interactive quizzes for students and short videos of Wyoming fourth graders visiting the sites.

The lesson plans also specify how the materials address the latest version of Wyoming’s Social Studies Content and Performance Standards.