WSL Closed Monday for Labor Day Holiday

The Wyoming State Library will be closed Monday, September 4, for the Labor Day holiday. We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

— From the U.S. Department of Labor’s history of Labor Day

Labor Day became a state holiday in Wyoming following the 1923 legislative session. Representative Bert Waddell of Crook County introduced House Bill #64 on January 20, 1923. After passing both chambers, the bill was signed into law by Governor William Ross on February 8. Initially Labor Day was to be observed “on a day that may be appointed by the Governor.” In 1929, House Bill #21 changed this to read the “first Monday in September.”

You can find this and other fascinating facts of legislative history in Wyoming Legislation.

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