Category Archives: Western history

Summer Exhibit Series: Laramie Architecture

The summer exhibit series at the American Heritage Center celebrating Laramie’s 150th anniversary brings out a new theme this week: Buildings in Laramie. The “Hell on Wheels” tent town that greeted the official arrival of the Union Pacific Railroad in … Continue reading

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Cementing a Relationship: How Concrete brought New Mexicans to Wyoming

The Mexican-American War (1846-1848) was one event that led to Hispanics first settling in Wyoming, as it brought the U.S. Army into Wyoming. Only shortly after the war ended, the United States sent the Regiment of Mounted Rifles to occupy … Continue reading

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Summer Exhibit Series: Railroads in Laramie

The summer exhibit series at the American Heritage Center celebrating Laramie’s 150th anniversary kicks off this week with materials relating to railroad history in Laramie. On May 4, 1868, the Union Pacific Railroad reached Laramie, bringing with it new people, … Continue reading

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Author’s Talk at UW’s Coe Library – “Snow Chi Minh Trail” by AHC Archivist John Waggener

On April 26th at 4 PM, come hear author and UW Archivist John Waggener talk about his new book, The Snow Chi Minh Trail: The History of Interstate 80 between Laramie and Walcott Junction.  The talk is in the McMurry … Continue reading

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Commemorative Display about Matthew Shepard at the American Heritage Center

The Shepard Symposium for Social Justice begins tomorrow, April 11, at the Wyoming Union on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. According to the symposium’s website, the Shepard Symposium, an annual event at the University of Wyoming since 1997, … Continue reading

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Privy to Scandal: The Ralph O. Dietler Papers

One of the biggest scandals to ever rock the petroleum industry was the fraudulent leasing of United States oil reserves at Wyoming’s Teapot Dome, and the discovery of the Continental Trading Company, a Canadian corporation organized in 1921 to funnel … Continue reading

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The 1980s Texas Oil Crisis and Changing Perceptions of Industry Contamination

The AHC presents Sarah Stanford-McIntyre, a cultural and environmental historian. She is the 2017-18 Bernard Majewski Fellow at the AHC and a UW history instructor. She will discuss “The 1980s Texas Oil Crisis and Changing Public Perceptions of Industry Contamination.” … Continue reading

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