“WY Treaties Matter” Kiosk Free to County Libraries

Apr 25, 2018

Draft kiosk concept

From Wyoming Humanities 

Wyoming Humanities received a generous grant from an anonymous foundation to raise awareness about American Indian history and culture in Wyoming and to support the Indian Education for All legislation enacted in March of 2017.

WY Treaties Matter is a small, portable, easy-to-assemble exhibit, called a “pop-up kiosk,” that introduces the story of the Fort Bridger and Fort Laramie treaties, and other historical and legal events that led to creation of the Wind River Reservation, originally set aside as the Shoshone Reservation before the Northern Arapaho were also placed there. The exhibit is an opportunity to tell the complicated history of two enemy tribes who ended up sharing the same reservation. To expand on issues and events portrayed in the exhibit, a scholarly-prepared narrative summary will be available online for additional research. More importantly, for teachers in your community, curriculum guides dealing with specific topics related to the exhibit’s narrative will be available from Wyohistory.org.

The kiosk, a host guide (for teachers and librarians), and printed children’s and adult guides will be provided free of charge to county libraries, and also made available to school districts and  community colleges. Send the information about where in your county to ship the exhibit with a contact name, email and phone number to Sheila Bricher-Wade, Program Officer, Wyoming Humanities, at sheila@thinkwy.org by June 15, 2018.

The designated contact person will receive the web address for the online toolkit, which includes an annotated bibliography, the chronological summary, and other existing support materials for use by hosting organizations.

Designed for middle school, high school, college, as well as adult comprehension, WY Treaties Matter will be unveiled in August at the Wyoming Native American Education Symposium and will delivered to participating locations in late August.

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

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