Category Archives: Family history

Wyoming’s Grand Old Man Joseph Carey

Many people who have visited Wyoming’s capitol city at one time or another have probably driven on Carey Avenue. This well-traveled thoroughfare goes through the heart of Cheyenne on the west side of the State Capitol. But from where does … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas from the Boones!

Donna Clausen Boone and Robert “Bob” Boone took writing their annual Christmas letter seriously. The couple were known for their elaborate Christmas cards and letters. Bob designed the cards and drew the illustrations while Donna wrote the accompanying text. Bob … Continue reading

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A Cheque-Book of Beautiful New Year Wishes

Christian Isberg was a native of Sweden who came to Laramie, Wyoming, in 1868, when the town was first founded as a supply depot for the Union Pacific Railroad. He settled in the town and raised two sons, William H. and John, and … Continue reading

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Archive Your Wyoming Coronavirus Story with the American Heritage Center!

The University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center (AHC) wants to hear from you! The AHC is initiating a COVID-19 Collection Project to gather experiences from across Wyoming. Your submissions will document for future generations the impact that this pandemic has on your work, education, personal life, community, along with any additional observations you may wish to make. These stories tell us what’s happening from an individual perspective, providing a personal and in-depth look at the impact of COVID-19 on our community. For more information go to Continue reading

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Selenium: The Story of Orville A. Beath

Wyoming has often given rise to great ideas and new research, and one such man that succeeded in a major discovery, alongside a team of researchers, was Orville A. Beath. Orville A. Beath was born in Wisconsin in 1884, where … Continue reading

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Mileva Maravic remembers Prohibition in Gebo, Wyoming

The coal-mining town of Gebo was established in 1907 about twelve miles north of Thermopolis in Hot Springs County. It was named after Samuel Wilford Gebo who established the Owl Creek Coal Company and the first mine in the area after … Continue reading

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Black History Month Highlight: Stepp Family Ranch

In honor of Black History month, the AHC would like to celebrate African-American experiences in the west by sharing this photograph of the Stepp family; taken on Alonzo T. Stepp’s ranch in the 1920s. Originally from Berea, Kentucky, Alonzo Stepp … Continue reading

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Preservation Week: Researching Ranch Hi(STORIES) at the American Heritage Center

[The Preservation Week blog series concludes with this final post.  We hope that you have enjoyed this feature!  As always, please feel free to share your own stories about your personal collections in the comments section!] For many years I have … Continue reading

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Preservation Week: Connecting with the Past through Family Hi(STORIES)

[The Preservation Week blog series continues!  Please feel free to share your own stories about your personal collections in the comments section!] Everyone has a personal archive; a collection of records that they choose to maintain because they feel that the … Continue reading

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Preservation Week: Family Heirlooms and Hi(STORIES)

[We continue to celebrate Preservation Week with a series of blog posts from community members that discuss their personal archives and family histories.  We hope that you enjoy this blog series!  Please feel free to share your own stories about … Continue reading

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