Category Archives: University of Wyoming history

UW’s Preparatory School

To celebrate the start of the Spring 2018 semester, we thought we’d bring you a flashback from UW’s past. The Preparatory School at UW was organized “for the benefit of students from counties not provided with complete high school courses.” … Continue reading

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suffrage \ noun suf·frage \ ˈsə-frij , sometimes -fə-rij \ Definition: The right to vote, especially in political elections

Wyoming is unique among the states that form our nation, in granting women the right to vote in 1869. The territory of Wyoming paved the way for the rest of the country, not only by being the first to allow … Continue reading

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Commemorating UW Veterans

Being a land-grant university, the University of Wyoming is no stranger to military service. Currently home to the Army ROTC Cowboy Battalion and the Air Force ROTC 940th Cadet Wing, military service at UW stretches back to the university’s early … Continue reading

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UW Homecoming – Flashback to 1938

In looking for UW Homecoming images from the past, we came across two short films from 1938. One is a 6-minute clip of that year’s Homecoming parade through the streets of Laramie. Amazing floats!  Although we do have some sympathy … Continue reading

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“Has This Student Newspaper Gone Too Far?”

How far is too far when it comes to parody? Young Joe Jacobucci found out when he edited the traditional parody issue of the University of Wyoming student newspaper “The Branding Iron” in 1934.

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The Saga of Old Main’s Tower

In 1886, the skyline of Laramie became dominated by a massive stone structure, known today as Old Main on the University of Wyoming campus. The structure’s octagonal stone tower with a steeply pitched conical spire was a town landmark. But, over the years some of Old Main’s original architectural features were removed. The first to go was the stone tower. Continue reading

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Sports, Recreation, and Leisure

Sports, recreation, and leisure are so entwined with life in American and the human experience itself, it should not be surprising that many of the collections held at the American Heritage Center contain at least some information related to these … Continue reading

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