Category Archives: resources

The Rock Springs Massacre, Sept.2, 1885

During the summer of 1885, tensions had been building between Chinese coal miners and European coal miners in Rock Springs, Wyoming Territory. Both groups were employed by the Union Pacific Coal Company and were having a dispute over wages. According … Continue reading

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Family History Research @ the AHC

Archivists working in the Reference Department of the American Heritage Center are often asked about resources that can help genealogists track their family’s history.  Sometimes that’s an easy question–we might actually have the personal family papers of that researcher’s forebears.  … Continue reading

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The Oregon Trail

You might remember this game; it was a classic facet in many an elementary school classroom.  It was released in Wii format last week, bringing the joy of cholera and “fording the river” to a whole new generation.  While this … Continue reading

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Al Christie Papers Document Silent Film

The Cannes Film Festival winner and Oscar contender The Artist is a black and white silent film. The film was released in 2011, but draws inspiration from the original era of silent films (1894-1929).  The American Heritage Center holds significant … Continue reading

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Online Finding Aid Available for the Karl C. “Sunny” Allan Papers

Karl C. “Sunny” Allan (1886-1978) was born in Ogden, Utah. He worked as a telephone lineman in the early 1900s, and was part of the Bureau of Reclamation crew that built a telephone line from Ashton, Idaho to Moran, Wyoming. … Continue reading

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A.C. Ivy Papers Document Medical History and Cancer Research

Andrew Conway Ivy (1893-1978) was born in Farmington, Missouri.  In 1913, at age 20, he received the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Pedology degrees from Missouri State Normal School.  The research studies for his master’s degree (M.S., 1917) and … Continue reading

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From the Director: Your FAQs Answered

October is Archives Month, and as part of its recognition of the auspicious occasion, the Smithsonian’s institutional archives has posted a blog titled The Smithsonian’s Top 6 Archives Myths.  So far as I know, here at the American Heritage Center … Continue reading

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