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Changes due to Covid-19

American Heritage Center

AHC Opening Plans

September 28: Stage One AHC Re-Opening for UW employees & students only, by appointment.

We are excited to announce that the American Heritage Center Reading Room plans to re-open for on-site research, by approved pre-appointment only, for UW employees and students beginning on September 28.  We will have limited hours (10-4, weekdays only), limited seating (8 researchers maximum), and additional rules will be in place. Masks and social distancing are required, as is a daily “Green Card” pass from the Covid Pass website.

Visitors to the Reading Room will fill out the application for on-site appointments.

A re-opening plan for patrons outside of UW is being developed. Please watch for these announcements.

The AHC works to balance safety and access during this unprecedented time. All on-site access/procedures are subject to change as necessary and to conform UW Covid-19 policies.

 

On September 10 (The following is no longer valid) the American Heritage Center will begin Phase 1 of its plan to reopen to the public. The reading room will open to UW faculty/staff/students for research purposes by approved appointment only. Appointments are available Monday through Friday between the hours of 12 and 4.  To make an appointment, contact the Reference Services department at ahcref@uwyo.edu. The reading room is taking precautions against Covid-19 which will require in part the correct wearing of masks and proper social distancing while in the AHC. The AHC’s Reference Services continues to provide remote access to its collections; please contact them at the above email for assistance.

More about the reading room’s precautions will be published on the AHC's website, when available.  The remainder of the AHC’s public areas will remain closed as they are under construction. Future phases of re-opening for researchers from the state of Wyoming, researchers from around the country, and researchers from around the world will be posted as soon as plans are confirmed.

 

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 AHCRef@uwyo.edu. This email is checked several times a day. You can also call 307-766-3756 and leave a message.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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

 

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 be open by mid-August, along with the University of Wyoming's Fall semester opening.

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

The AHC's Reference staff is hard at work and ready to help you with your research project. You can take advantage of our expanded Reference Services by emailing ahcref@uwyo.edu . This email is monitored continually on weekdays. The Reference staff will be in touch with you quickly.

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

 

Professor Paul Flesher, Director

American Heritage Center

University of Wyoming

PFlesher@uwyo.edu

http://www.uwyo.edu/ahc

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