One of the American Heritage Center’s benefactors, and all around favorite person, was Stan Lee. He passed away November 12, 2018 at age 95.
This amazing man not only gave the AHC valuable research materials spanning his career, he managed to keep us constantly on his radar despite his demanding schedule. He tweeted about us, interviewed about us, and steered others in the comics industry our way so that we could incorporate their historical materials into our archive.
Lee’s papers are a valuable educational resource, particularly to the University of Wyoming’s students. Students and faculty in multiple disciplines use Lee’s collection to study literature, American Studies, social studies education, and more for research papers, theses, and curriculum development. From his papers students learn about different facets of US culture from the twentieth century, including politics and social constructs, for example the Civil Rights Movement. His legacy will live on at the AHC.
It’s hard to say goodbye. Rest in peace, dear friend. We’ll miss you so.