Fremont County Films Show Arapahoe and Shoshone Events, Community Gatherings, and Family Moments–Now Online!

The University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center (AHC) has digitized and made accessible online 16 films from the Harry S. Harnsberger motion pictures and audiotapes #1987.

Harry S. Harnsberger came to Wyoming in 1907 and settled in Fremont County, where his mother was engaged in drilling for oil on Sage Creek. The teenage Harnsberger made friends among the Shoshone and Arapaho and observed many aspects of life on the Wind River Reservation. After the depression of 1910 he went East and graduated from Georgetown Law School in 1914. He returned to Lander, Wyoming, and served as the County and Prosecuting Attorney in 1930-1942. In 1950 he became Wyoming’s Attorney General, and in 1953 he was appointed a Justice of the Wyoming Supreme Court. He became Chief Justice In 1967.

The collection contains motion pictures and audio reels created by Harry S. Harnsberger. Topics include the One-Shot Antelope Hunt in Fremont County, Wyoming; Arapaho and Shoshone sun dances; parades and celebrations in Lander, Wyoming; Yellowstone Park; and Cheyenne Frontier Days. Also included is a manuscript by Harnsberger about Fremont County, Wyoming.

Links to digitized items and additional information about the Harry S. Harnsberger motion pictures and audiotapes can be found in the on-line finding aid at:

–Jamie Greene, Digital Programs Department


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