Rancher turned archaeologist, and publicity for a new project

This month we feature a noted scientist and the new directory for the Wyoming Roving Archivist Program.

A well-loved professor

Longtime University of Wyoming archaeologist George Frison’s thinking about ancient bison kill sites was deeply informed by his early life as a hunter and rancher. Over a long career Frison won the affection and respect of students and colleagues; his many awards included election to the National Academy of Sciences. Read more in Julie Francis’s article, “Rancher, Hunter, Archaeologist: George Frison of the University of Wyoming.”

Wyoming Roving Archivist Program

The Wyoming Roving Archivist Program has published its new directory, intended to be a living record that will change over time. It will document Wyoming's cultural heritage institutions and be a resource for schools, libraries, museums, researchers and more. Cultural heritage organizations of all kinds are welcome to submit their institution for inclusion in the Directory, as are related institutions, such as colleges and/or universities. For more information, contact Project Archivist Jordan Meyerl at spcr.rovingarchivist@wyo.gov.

Upcoming Events around Wyoming

For August calendar events, visit the Wyoming Historical Society’s new website. If you know of upcoming history-related events in Wyoming, send a note to editor@wyohistory.org.
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