One hundred years ago today, on January 31, 1917, Governor Robert D. Carey signed the state flag bill into law and the bison flag was officially adopted for the state of Wyoming. Twenty-three year old Verna Keays of Buffalo, Wyoming made the winning design seen here. (Photo from Wyoming State Museum on Facebook.)
The Senate vote was 22-0 with 5 absent and the House vote was 53-1 with 3 absent. There was a lone dissenter from Goshen County. The Session Law (Chapter 8 of 1917) can be found using Hein Online at gowyld.net/govtinfo.html.
A search of Wyoming Newspapers, using the search: bison and flag, yields stories in the Rock Springs Miner, Wyoming Tribune, Guernsey Gazette, Buffalo Voice, and more. These stories appear in the early February editions of 1917.
From the Rock Springs Miner, February 17, 1917, page 1:
WYOMING ADOPTS A STATE FLAG
The Great Seal of the state is the heart of the flag, this is within a white American bison, the monarch of the plains. The blue wbich comprises the larger part of the flag, Is pre-eminently the color of our skies and symbolic of fidelity and justice. There is a narrow line of white surrounding the field of blue, this stands for freedom of the plains and purity over all. All this is bounded by a margin of red, and signifies the red men of Wyoming and the blood of the pioneer.
There is a PDF of the flag that can be printed out and colored in CultureGrams.
The January 2017 Wyoming State Library training calendar is now available. Every training opportunity on this list is free and offered online. Topics include advocacy, planning, careers, children and teens, collection development, communication, databases, managing change, fundraising, legal, management, outreach and partnerships, programming, readers’ advisory, reference, school libraries, technology, training and instruction, and volunteers. View, download, or subscribe to the calendar at library.wyo.gov/services/training/calendar.
Free Library Continuing Education Events for the Week of Jan. 30
The Wyoming State Historical Society, in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries, invites museums, historical societies, libraries and other cultural institutions to participate in “Wyoming’s Most Significant Artifacts” campaign for 2017. Only artifacts held by institutions will be considered, not those held by individuals.
An artifact is defined as “an artistic or historic item (or related group of items) and may include a wide variety of things such as documents, books, photographs, recordings, artwork, and three-dimensional objects. It does not include structures or buildings.”
Representatives of Wyoming’s archives, historical societies, libraries and museums across the state are invited to submit a nomination for one item from their collections that they believe has significance to Wyoming’s history. An independent panel of judges will review the initial nominations and narrow the submissions down to 25 items. The public will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite top ten artifacts.
All submissions must be received on or before February 28, 2017 and must include a photograph suitable for publication on a website. E-mail Society headquarters at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (307) 322-3014 for details.
Public voting for the Top Ten Historical Artifacts will begin in April 2017, with winners announced at the Society’s annual meeting in Cody this September.
Archived Webinar: January 2017 School Library Resources at WSL
Join Paige Bredenkamp, School Library Consultant at the Wyoming State Library, on a tour of resources, including new ones, that are freely available to all K-12 librarians and staff in Wyoming. This is a chance to see what the WSL has available in terms of professional learning communities, tools for program support, free money for you and your library, and more!
EdTech Team Wyoming Summit This 2-day event focuses on Google Apps for Education. First 135 Wyoming educators to register will receive free registration from WDE. Sponsored by WDE and Campbell County School District No. 1.