A Video Introduction to the AHC (1993)

This is a 1993 video commissioned for the opening of the American Heritage Center’s then new building, the Centennial Complex.  Hugh Downs, a longtime ABC News correspondent and commentator, whose papers are at the AHC, narrates the video.

Because it is many years old, some changes must be noted and lacuna filled in to provide an up-to-date accurate presentation of the Center and its operations.

Not mentioned in the video are services and programs that now form the core of the AHC’s mission, which has evolved greatly over the years since this video was produced. Some examples of our expanded services include:

  • Public programs, which have evolved to include author readings, lectures by research fellows, major symposia, and the hosting of Wyoming’s History Day program. More information about the Center’s outreach efforts can be found at http://ahc.uwyo.edu/eduoutreach/default.htm.
  • The AHC’s Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership, an endowed program focused on acquiring the papers and oral histories of political and economic leaders and on related public programming. More information can be found at http://ahc.uwyo.edu/about/departments/simpson.htm.
  • Digital programs, which include both the curation of “born digital” primary sources (such as digital photos, electronic mail, and the like), as well as the digitization of analog collections. Our digital collections are accessible at http://digitalcollections.uwyo.edu/luna.

The video correctly encourages viewers to “contact the Center’s reference archivists”—to do so send an email to ahcref@uwyo.edu, call 307/766-3756, or send surface mail to Reference, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming, 1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3924, Laramie, WY 82071.

In 2010 the AHC received the highest honor possible for a US archives, the Society of American Archivists’ Distinguished Service Award. It marks, perhaps, a fitting endcap to Hugh Downs’ story of his staff researching the best repository for his papers and identifying the Center.

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