Category Archives: Ranch history

Wrangling the Western Metaphor: Charles Belden’s Wyoming Imagery

Reaching the Pitchfork Ranch in the 1920s wasn’t easy. In fact, it was arduous. Imagine yourself on the trek. After transferring at the Billings, Montana, branch line to the end of the rails in Cody, Wyoming, a light horse-drawn stage … Continue reading

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Joseph S. Palen: Cheyenne Frontier Days Chronicler

If you’re interested in the history of Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD), a great place to start is the J. S. Palen papers at the American Heritage Center. Born in 1912 in Salina, Kansas, Palen became fascinated with cowboy culture at … Continue reading

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New Finding Aids: September 2019

Another productive month for our archivists at the American Heritage Center. Here’s another round of finding aids we’ve published so you can see what collections we’ve recently processed. As a reminder, Finding Aids act as a table of contents for … 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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Photo of the Week: People and Their Pets

Many of us have a pet at home, whether our companion be a bird, cat, fish, dog, or a pocket-sized rodent.  However, most of us have likely never considered adding something more exotic to our living menagerie.   A chimpanzee? A … Continue reading

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