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