“Our Place in the West…and Beyond” celebration and conference commemorates Wyoming’s 125th Year of Statehood

Ever heard the word “Quasaquicentennial?” We’d like to introduce this term to you, and celebrate it with you!

The Wyoming State Historical Society, the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office , and the American Heritage Center are sponsoring a unique celebration and conference in conjunction with the 125th anniversary of Wyoming’s statehood.  The commemoration will explore the history, prehistory, and culture of Wyoming and look to its future through research, art, music and food.


Here are highlights of the celebration:

  • Presentations by Western historian and author Dr. Michael Amundson, past Wyoming Poet Laureate David Romvedt, and former Heart Mountain Japanese Relocation Center internee Sam Mihara.
  • Milk Can Dinner and dance featuring keynote speaker Union Pacific Railroad historian Maury Klein with music by Cheyenne-based Country Club Band.
  • Tour of Ames Monument, designed in 1880 by renowned architect Henry Hobson Richardson and dedicated to the Ames brothers, Union Pacific Railroad financiers.
  • Exhibitions and presentations by Wyoming professional artists Do Palma, Suzanne Morlock, Susan Moldenhauer and more.
  • Presentations and book signings by prominent Wyoming authors Margaret Coel, Linda Jacobs, and Candy Moulton.
  • Sale of print by renowned Wyoming artist Linda Lillegraven. “Old Railroad Embankment Near Bosler” depicts a trace of abandoned rail line with natural vegetation softening the outlines.
  • Preserve Wyoming Awards Banquet and silent auction with awards presented by Bobbi Barrasso to signify outstanding contributions to the preservation of Wyoming’s historic structures.

The conference will be June 11 through 13 in Laramie at the Marion H. Rochelle Gateway Center and other Laramie venues. The public is welcome to attend. Registration and event details can be found at https://wyoshpo.state.wy.us/Preservation/HPPresentations.aspx.  Also, check out our Facebook page under Our Place in the West and Beyond for the latest updates.

Besides the Wyoming State Historical Society, the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, and the American Heritage Center, there are many other sponsors from across the state, including the Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Department, Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, Wyoming Humanities Council, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Wyoming Office of Tourism, and UW Libraries.

Join us for this remarkable celebration of Wyoming’s past and future!

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