Explore Two Wyoming History Online Exhibits

Mar 9, 2021

News clipping, headline "Once-Empty Shelves of Library Now Hold Interest of Residents. Man and woman by library shelves looking at book.

From the August 12, 1944 Heart Mountain Sentinel. Read this issue.

Two fabulous Wyoming history exhibits, Wyoming at 125: A Celebration of Statehood and Heart Mountain Japanese-American WWII Internment Camp have a new home. Links may be found on Wyoming Places in Special Exhibits and under the Wyoming History tab in our History Resources guide.

Wyoming at 125 includes audio and transcripts of the speeches from the day in 1890 that Wyoming’s statehood was celebrated. These reenacted speeches are based on accounts in Wyoming newspapers. You can even download a recreation (MP3) of the statehood celebration or explore photos and other related documents.

The Heart Mountain exhibit pulls newspaper articles and pictures from the Heart Mountain Sentinel, as well as the art work of Estelle Ishigo. Topics around life in the internment camp for consideration are:  Farming, Education, Recreation, Medical, Military.

The camp’s newspaper, the Heart Mountain Sentinel, is found in the Wyoming Digital Newspaper Collection. You can also find more news of the day from 1890, when Wyoming joined the Union as the 44th state, in this online collection.

For more information contact our expert Wyoming State Library staff: Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian, chris.vanburgh@wyo.gov or Thomas Ivie, Research & Statistics Librarian (and creator of the exhibits), thomas.ivie@wyo.gov.

If you have a question about this or any other article, please contact us at statelibrary@wyo.gov

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