October is American Archives Month



The Wyoming State Archives will celebrate American Archives Month in October with a special public lecture and participation in two national campaigns to promote awareness about archives.

On Tuesday, October 15, at 6:30 p.m., Rick Ewig, former Associate Director of the American Heritage Center, will present “Ira Hanna: Cheyenne’s Around-the-Clock Mayor.” Ewig’s talk will explore bribery, corruption, and gambling by the mayor of Cheyenne and its chief of police, culminating in a 1944 trial and prison sentence for all involved.

Ask an Archivist Day is October 2. Archivists at the State Archives (@WyoArchives) will be responding to questions from around the country via Twitter. Use the hashtag #AskanArchivist and challenge them! This is part of a campaign sponsored by the Society of American Archivists.

Electronic Records Day is on October 10. Sponsored by the Council of State Archivists, the purpose of Electronic Records Day is to raise community awareness of digital records and the need to manage and preserve them.

The public is invited to visit the Wyoming State Archives at 2301 Central Ave. in Cheyenne to discover the many resources available for family and local history, academic research, or just personal curiosity about Wyoming history. Visit their website at wyoarchives.org and explore the online resources listed under the Find It in the Archives tab.

American Archives Month is a collaborative effort by professional organizations and repositories around the nation to highlight the importance of records of enduring value. Archivists are professionals who assess, collect, organize, preserve, maintain control of, and provide access to information that has lasting value, and they help people find and understand the information they need in those records.

For more information, contact Kathy Marquis, Interim State Archivist at the Wyoming State Archives at kathy.marquis@wyo.gov or (307) 777-8691.

The Wyoming State Archives is accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. If you require special assistance, please contact the Wyoming State Archives at (307) 777-7826.

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