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Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY 82071
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A variety of symposia, book signings, and presentations are featured at the AHC yearly, including two endowed lectureships: The George A. Rentschler Lecturer is a nationally known expert in his or her field. The Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellowship supports use of AHC's collections by a recognized scholar in the history of economic geology or a related field. The Malcolm Wallop Fund for Conversations on Democracy serves not only to honor the three-term Wyoming U.S. Senator (1977-95) but provides opportunities -- through symposia, keynote speakers, student projects and workshops -- to add to the body of knowledge about democracy.

2012-2013 Programs

Constitution Day

In September 2012, the AHC hosted UW's program for Constitution Day, which commemorates the formation of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, "recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens." For UW's commemoration, Wyoming Supreme Court Justice William Hill presented a talk titled "Selecting Judges under the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions: A Study in Contrast." The event was held in the AHC's Wyoming STock Growers' Room.

UW's 125th Anniversary

On October 12, 2012, Laura Jackson, AHC's University Archivist, presented a talk titled "125 Years in the Making: A History of UW as Told in the Archives." The university held its first classes in the fall of 1887, so 2012 was the 125th anniversary of this land-grant institution of higher learning.

Matthew Pearce, Joseph M. Carey Research FellowCarey Fellowship

The inaugural Joseph M. Carey Research Fellowship was awarded to Matthew Pearce, Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Oklahoma. Pearce presented his public talk, titled "Cowboys, Conservationists, and the Contested History of the Western Range," in the AHC Wyoming Stock Growers Room on October 22, 2012.

C. J. Box's National Book Tour Kickoff

Breaking Point, C.J. Box's Joe Pickett novel

National best-selling author and Wyoming native C.J. Box launched the national book tour for his novel, Breaking Point, at the American Heritage Center in March, 2013. He read from the book and signed copies afterward. The AHC is proud to be the repository for Mr. Box’s papers.

Ellen Wald, 2012 Bernard L. Majewski FellowThe Bernard L. Majewski Research Fellowship

Ellen Wald, Visiting Assistant Professor of history at the University of Georgia, was selected to serve as the 2012 Berna
rd L. Majewski Fellow. Wald presented her public talk as the fellow during March. The presentation was titled "Oilmen in the Beltway: Fighting the Enemy with Business and Government." Based on her research at the AHC in the collections of Bernard Majewski and Bruce Brown among others, Wald explained how a handful of men in private industry navigated the halls of Washington and created and implemented the oil policies which helped make America victorious in World War II and helped maintain its military and industrial power during the early stages of the Cold War.


Coat Couture: The AHC hosted in the Loggia the exhibit "Coat Couture XV: Art to Wear" during the summer. The exhibit is created by Donna Brown, associate dean and professor in UW's Family and Consumer Science Department, and students in her "Fiber Arts" class.

"Please Give Us One More Boom": Oil and Gas in Wyoming: Leslie Waggener, the manager of the Alan K. Simpson Institute for Western Politics and Leadership, curated the exhibit which was on display during the fall semester in the UW Art Museum. The exhibit describes the ups and downs of the oil and gas industries in Wyoming from its earliest commercial history in the territory and state during the 1800s through today, ending with anticipation of current and new oild development in the Niobrara Oil Play of southeastern Wyoming.

2013 Wyoming Historical Calendar2013 Calendar

The AHC has partnered with the Wyoming State Historical Society on the Wyoming Historical Calendar since 1996. All of the calendars have featured the many photographic collections of the AHC. The 2013 calendar featured photos from the Ludwig-Svenson, Hugo G. Janssen, W.B.D. and Annette B. Gray, Samuel H. Knight, Frank J. Meyers, Grace Raymond Hebard, and Wyoming State Historical Society collections. The cover image is a painting by Wyoming artist Dave Paulley titled "Independence Rock on the 4th of July."



The AHC received one new grant this year and continued work on three received earlier. One of the grants is from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), which allowed the AHC to arrange and describe and catalog collections related to the Great Depression and New Deal. The AHC also continued working on the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund grant received by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which included funding for the digitization of the AHC''s George Beck Papers. 

The grant received this year was from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund. The funding allowed the AHC to digitize many of its films related to Wyoming.

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