A reform-minded woman

This month we feature a resolute female mayor in a difficult time.

Honest and brave

“WOMAN MAYOR IS JAILED, CHARGED WITH BEATING MAN,” read a headline following 1922’s Fourth of July in tiny Cokeville, Wyo. How had the town’s new mayor, elected just a month earlier on a Prohibition and law-enforcement ticket, found herself in the middle of a street brawl? Read more in Kylie Louise McCormick’s article, “Law and Order in Cokeville: A Woman Mayor and Prohibition.

Calendar Events

Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, Buffalo, Wyo.
Book signing featuring Jennifer Romanoski
Thursday, March 2, 2023, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Romanoski will be answering questions about her recently published history of the museum, Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, and signing copies.
For more information, click here.

Home From School: The Children of Carlisle
Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Join us at the Buffalo Theater for a screening of Home From School: The Children of Carlisle, about the recent repatriation to the Wind River Reservation of the remains of children who died more than 100 years ago at the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. Discussion with producer Yufna Soldier Wolf to follow. For more information, click here.]

Hoofprints of the Past Museum, Kaycee, Wyo.
The Hole in the Wall Ranch
March 5, 2023, 1:00 p.m., Harold Jarrard Park
Tom Rea will present the story of the Hole in the Wall, historically important as a crossroads since ancient times and the location of some of the most pivotal events of the previous century. For more information, click here.

Wyoming State Archives, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Quebec 01: Life in the Field
Thursday, March 9, 2023, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Presentation by Alexis Pratt about the only accessible Peacekeeper Missile Alert Facility left in the world. For more information about the presentation, click here. For more information about the Quebec 01 site, click here.

Natrona County Historical Society
History of the Pringle Family Collections
Thursday, March 23, 2023, 6:30 p.m.
Presentation by Karl Pringle. For more information, call or email Becky Steensland, 307-259-3350, bsteen@bresnan.net.

Campbell County Rockpile Museum, Gillette, Wyo.
My Corner Office: Views and Reflections from the Powder River Basin, by Alan Nash
New exhibit featuring railroader Nash’s photographs from a diesel locomotive. For more information, click here or contact the Rockpile Museum: (307)-682-5723 or robert.henning@campbellcountywy.gov.

Meeteetse, Wyo., Museums
Educational Programs: Making a Living in Meeteetse; and American West
Scheduling flexible. For more information, click here.

Museum of the Mountain Man, Pinedale, Wyo.
Watch a short video, Legacy of the Mountain Men.

Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, Jackson, Wyo.
Special exhibit: William Henry Jackson, Pioneer Photographer, on view through March 2023 in our Community Co-op Corner.

The exhibit “Wyoming Women” from the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center highlights 30 framed historical photos of Wyoming women in leadership roles in the outdoors and their communities.

For other information on these two exhibits, click here. Then scroll down.

Carbon County Museum, Rawlins, Wyo.
To watch videos about various historic events in Carbon County, see the museum’s YouTube channel.

Laramie Plains Museum, Laramie, Wyo.
Join us for a tour, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays. Each day’s last tour must start before 3:00 p.m. For more information, click here. Then scroll down.

Goshen County Homesteaders Museum, Torrington, Wyo.
Teachers, take a field trip to the museum. Students will learn about our community, our history and more. For more information, click here. Then scroll down.

Fort Caspar Museum, Casper, Wyo.
For information on various site tours for schools and other educational organizations, click here.

Washakie Museum and Cultural Center, Worland, Wyo.
Wyoming History and Ranching
Thursday, March 30, 2023, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Presentation by Amy McKinney
For more information, contact Kurt Johnson, kjohnson@washakiemuseum.org.

From Big, Wonderful Wyoming exhibit on display Jan. 13, 2023 through March 15, 2023.
The exhibit examines the postcard as an advertiser of Wyoming’s natural and cultural landscape. For more information, call 307-347-4102.

Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum, Casper, Wyo.
Coin Check
March-May 2023
Exhibit of the history and related traditions of military challenge coins. A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion, bearing an organization's insignia or emblem and carried by the organization's members. Historically, challenge coins were presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. For more information, click here.

To read the Winter 2023 issue of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum’s quarterly newsletter, click here.

Camp Guernsey, Wyo.
Seasonal archaeologist position open. For more information, call or email 307-777-8121; beth.baker3@wyo.gov. Also see this web page.

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month and a good time to remember women’s contributions to making Wyoming what it is today. In 1869, Wyoming’s territorial legislature passed a law granting women the right to vote, and Gov. John Campbell signed the bill into law on Dec. 10. The following year, in March, women first served on juries in Laramie and on Sept. 6, 1870, also in Laramie, Louisa Swain became the first Wyoming woman to cast a ballot under the world’s first law granting women equal and unrestricted voting rights with men.

On Jan. 27, 1920, Wyoming became the 27th state to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment became part of the Constitution when Tennessee ratified it on Aug. 18 of that year, making votes for women the law of the land. And  on Jan. 26, 1973, Wyoming became the 23rd state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.

For information on all these events and more, visit our landing page on women’s suffrage and women’s rights.