Category Archives: Wyoming history

Who Gets License Plate Number 1?

The State of Wyoming began issuing motor vehicle license plates in 1913.  Who got plate number 1?  The man who wrote the motor vehicle licensing law, state senator Jacob M. Schwoob of Park County. Schwoob continued to apply for, and … Continue reading

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Wyoming Equality Day: Liz Byrd’s quest to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.

Did you perhaps wonder as you sipped your coffee this morning about how Wyoming Equality Day originated?  Cheyenne native and Wyoming state legislator Harriett Elizabeth “Liz” Byrd was the guiding individual behind it.  Byrd was the first black woman to … Continue reading

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Ames Monument Named National Historic Landmark

The Ames Monument, located about 20 miles east of Laramie off Interstate 80, is one of 10 newly-designated national historic landmarks announced November 2 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. Continue reading

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Wyoming statehood:  A load of “blatherskitism”?

On July 10, we celebrate Wyoming’s entry into the Union in 1890, but not all of our territorial predecessors were enthusiastic in the years leading up to that historic event. Political machinations and ambitions were at play. Leading the charge … Continue reading

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Help us identify the scene – B. C. Buffum

Did you play with a Viewmaster as a child?  Maybe you’ve seen an old stereoscope at your local museum or historical society.  Here at the AHC, we recently digitized some stereocards taken by University of Wyoming professor of Agriculture and prolific photographer … Continue reading

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Happy 125th Birthday to the State of Wyoming!

How will you celebrate? Tomorrow, Friday, July 10th, there will be a number of fun and family-oriented activities taking place in Cheyenne to commemorate the fact that Wyoming has been a state since 1890.  Wow! You’ll find the schedule and more … Continue reading

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“Our Place in the West…and Beyond” celebration and conference commemorates Wyoming’s 125th Year of Statehood

Ever heard the word “Quasaquicentennial?” We’d like to introduce this term to you, and celebrate it with you! The Wyoming State Historical Society, the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office , and the American Heritage Center are sponsoring a unique celebration and conference … Continue reading

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