Author Archives: ahcadmin

Fall in Love at the American Heritage Center

LOVE LETTERS Disclosing feelings of love to another can be presented in many ways. These letters of love come written from the hands of those who offered their sentiments on paper. Louis B. Schwartz (1913-2003) was an attorney and law professor known … Continue reading

Posted in Holidays, Uncategorized, Valentine's Day | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Last of the Great Train Bandits – Bill Carlisle

February 9th marks the 106th anniversary of William L. “Bill” Carlisle’s first train robbery, which took place in 1916 outside Green River. It was a sensational event in the state, all the more notable as it was thought that the … Continue reading

Posted in outlaws, Uncategorized, Western history, Wyoming history | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Bill Walker: Advocate for Black Actors

William Franklin “Bill” Walker was born in Pendleton, Indiana, in 1896. The grandson of slaves who had escaped to the North on the Underground Railroad, he was the first Black graduate of Pendleton High School. A well-rounded student, he lettered … Continue reading

Posted in African American history, Hollywood history, Motion picture actors and actresses, television history, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27th marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which coincides with the date that the Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp was liberated by Soviet troops in 1945. In that vein, we will delve into two World War II era collections at the American … Continue reading

Posted in Holocaust Days of Remembrance, military history, Political history, Uncategorized, World War II | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr./Wyoming Equality Day

Martin Luther King, Jr./Wyoming Equality Day falls on the third Monday in January. It marks a time of remembrance and reflection on the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his relentless quest for equality, human rights … Continue reading

Posted in African American history, Martin Luther King Jr., Political history, Social justice, Uncategorized, University of Wyoming history, Wyoming history | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

More Bang for Your Buck: Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang

The name “Jesse James” conjures up the quintessential images of the Wild West—dusty towns, saloons with creaky floorboards, gun fights, and a sheriff’s posse chasing outlaws across the rugged landscape. As one of the most infamous outlaws of all time, … Continue reading

Posted in outlaws, Uncategorized, Western history | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Mrs. Money – Nellie Tayloe Ross

While Nellie Tayloe Ross is often remembered for being Wyoming’s first and only female governor, it is lesser known that she spent most of her career as the Director of the U.S. Mint. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her to … Continue reading

Posted in Political history, Uncategorized, women's history, Wyoming history | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Howard Hays: Impresario of the Parks

Howard H. Hays (1883-1969) was an entrepreneur whose career ranged from driving surreys in Yellowstone National Park to running a newspaper publishing company in Riverside, California. A native of Metropolis, Illinois, Hays attended college in his home state before moving … Continue reading

Posted in National Parks, Recreation, Tourism, Uncategorized, Western history, Wyoming history | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

It’s December in Wyoming, so there is undoubtedly snow in the forecast. For some, flurries of white mean fun and games, while for others snow poses challenges, or is downright deadly. The American Heritage Center’s Digital Collections has more than … Continue reading

Posted in Photographic collections, Uncategorized, Wyoming history | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday, National Guard

December 13th commemorates the birthday of the National Guard. On that date in 1637, the Massachusetts General Court established an official militia for the first time in the American Colonies. The resolution stated that all able-bodied men from age 16 … Continue reading

Posted in military history, Uncategorized, Wyoming history | Tagged , , | Leave a comment