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American Heritage Center

January Featured Collection

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Blanche M. Schroer Papers

Blanche M. Carlson (Schroer) was born December 23, 1907, in Gilbertville, Iowa. Blanche Schroer lived most of her life in the Lander Valley and the Fort Washakie area of Wyoming. Blanche M. Schroer was a historian of the American West and an authority on the history of Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. She favored the theory that Sacajawea died at Fort Manuel Lisa, South Dakota and was buried there. Schroer also did research on the life of Butch Cassidy and Josephine Baldwin. She died July 4, 1998, in Riverton, Wyoming. The Blanche M. Schroer papers include her research files, photocopied documents, correspondence, and photographs of Native Americans, fort and monument sites in Wyoming and South Dakota, plus friends and fellow historians. The collection also includes extensive printed material related to Sacajawea, Chief Washakie, and the Shoshone tribe: journals and magazines, newspaper clippings, and books, all annotated with page references and cross references by Schroer.

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About Us

More than 100 years ago, Grace Raymond Hebard—UW faculty member, administrator, librarian, and Wyoming historian—began collecting the papers and reminiscences of Wyoming’s pioneers. Her research on the history of Wyoming, the West, emigrant trails, and Native Americans became the nucleus for what is known today as the American Heritage Center (AHC). Officially established in 1945, the Center now holds over 90,000 cubic feet of historic documents and artifacts in more than 3500 collections—placing the AHC among the largest non-governmental archives in the nation.

Today, the AHC contains important holdings in numerous areas. Its western history archives include materials on early women’s suffrage and political achievements, native Americans, ranching, politics, authors, and under-documented communities. Other featured collecting areas include transportation (railroad, highway and air travel), mining and energy extraction, entertainment and popular culture (with important collections featuring Hollywood, music, radio, television and the comic book industry), natural resources and the environment, and military history. The AHC also serves as the primary archives for the University of Wyoming. Connect with us on our social media platforms - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Virmuze, and our blog - where we are #ALWAYS ARCHIVING.  

 

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Most University of Wyoming business and administrative offices will be closed Friday, Dec. 23-Monday, Jan. 2, for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays as well as winter closure.

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  • Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Parking in the Centennial Complex lot is free but patrons must register (M-F 8 am-5 pm) at the AHC front desk. Special parking regulations are in effect during game days, please call in advance for more information.

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Centennial Complex
2111 Willet Drive
Laramie, WY 82071 

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American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY 82071

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University of Wyoming
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Laramie, WY 82071
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1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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