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Changes due to Covid-19

American Heritage Center

AHC Closed Until Further Notice:

As of Wednesday, March 18, the American Heritage Center and the Centennial Complex will be closed to public access and drop-in traffic. The reading room will not be open to patrons. These measures aim to help slow or stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus. We expect to reevaluate this policy in early May, if not before.

Instead, please make use of the AHC’s Online Catalog and Finding Aids, as well as our thousands of Digitized and Online Items.

You can also take advantage of our expanded Reference Services by emailing . This email is monitored daily.

The AHC’s staff apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to serving you online as we practice social distancing.


Changes to Grants and Fellowship Due Dates:

As of Wednesday, March 18th, the following AHC Grants and Fellowships due dates have been pushed back to April 30th to accommodate delays caused by the Covid-19 situation:

Alan K. Simpson Fellowship in Western Political History
George A. Rentschler Fellowship on the Study of the American West
Women in Public Life Fellowship
Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellowship
Peter K. Simpson Fellowship on the American West -- Now Canceled


Peter Simpson Fellowship Canceled:

As of Monday, March 30, the American Heritage Center and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West have decided to cancel the Peter K. Simpson Fellowship on the American West for this year.


The AHC Blog Continues to Post—#AlwaysArchiving!

Even though the Covid-19 emergency has caused the AHC to close its doors, work goes on behind the scenes. New posts continue to appear on the AHC Blog on a regular basis. Check out recent essays about how the Spanish Flu epidemic impacted Wyoming and about how Bruce Lee was introduced to the American public on The Green Hornet!


AHC Closing Update

On May 6, 2020, the American Heritage Center evaluated the current situation with regard to the restrictions surrounding Covid-19 pandemic and decided that it was not yet safe for its patrons or its staff to reopen the Reading Room for public access. This will be our status until early June, at least. While this is vague, we note that although the University of Wyoming hopes to have the campus ready for students to return to classes in the fall, at the moment there are no plans to reopen the campus before August. Paul Flesher, the AHC’s director, is in regular and frequent contact with campus authorities who are monitoring the situation and guiding the entire UW campus to remain safe and healthy while doing as much of its normal business of teaching and research as possible. The AHC staff is disappointed that the health emergency is still not under control or predictable, preventing our public operation.

In the meantime, the AHC collections remain accessible remotely. We have prioritized scanning operations to make materials available to patrons and our photo services continue unchanged. Please let us know if you want to study some collection materials. If you wish to consult with a reference archivist, please let us know and we can arrange a phone call or Zoom meeting. Since many of our staff are working remotely, the easiest way to contact Reference services is by email at This email is checked several times a day. You can also call 307-766-3756 and leave a message.

Professor Paul Flesher, Director

American Heritage Center

University of Wyoming

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