Category Archives: Western history

Summer Exhibit Series: Influential People Buried at Greenhill Cemetery

Greenhill Cemetery, situated less than a block away from the University of Wyoming’s campus, is almost as old as Laramie itself. Once a lawless town that struggled to be governed, Laramie and the surrounding landscape was dotted with various graves … Continue reading

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Summer Exhibit Series: Businesses in Laramie

The summer exhibit series at the AHC continues to celebrate Laramie’s 150th anniversary with a new theme this week: Businesses in Laramie. Within weeks of the railroad reaching Laramie, the former “Hell on Wheels” tent town became part of an … Continue reading

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Glimpses into the Iron Ore Mining Past of Sunrise, Wyoming

AHC Archivist Ginny Kilander is presenting a talk June 8, 2018, titled “Glimpses into the Iron Ore Mining Past of Sunrise, Wyoming” at the Mining History Association Annual Conference that’s happening in Deadwood-Lead, South Dakota. Her talk is part of the session: … Continue reading

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Hoppy’s Saddle is not Hoppy’s Saddle – The Mystery Solved

In 1982, Grace Bradley Boyd donated to the American Heritage Center a large cache of documents, photographs and memorabilia that belonged to her late husband William L. Boyd, or “Hopalong Cassidy” as he was better known.  “Hoppy” was well-known to … Continue reading

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Summer Exhibit Series: Wyoming Territorial Prison

The summer exhibit series at the AHC celebrating Laramie’s 150th anniversary continues with a new theme this week: the Wyoming Territorial Prison. As buildings sprung up in the former “Hell on Wheels” town, a new imposing stone structure shadowed the … Continue reading

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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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