“Wyoming at 125” Partnership Builds Literacy, Promotes History

Feb 6, 2017

Wyoming at 125: Our Place in the West, a book celebrating our state’s history, will soon be found in numerous school and public library collections, thanks to a partnership between the State Library and the State Historic Preservation Office.

“Promoting Wyoming’s history and promoting appreciation for historic resources is the reason behind this book,” said Mary Hopkins of the State Historic Preservation Office. “That’s why we collaborated with Bill Sniffin on the project. We’re excited to make Wyoming at 125 available statewide through our partnership with the State Library.”

With this project, the two agencies are working together to promote both literacy and Wyoming’s rich heritage. The well-researched and visually stunning book explores the Equality State’s unique communities and past events. Among its features are some of Wyoming’s most iconic historical photographs, beautifully colorized.

In the coming month, a number of these books are being distributed to public libraries, and 520 copies are slated to go out to the schools. As they are added to library shelves, K-12 students and library patrons can delve into Wyoming’s past as they read through the pages.

“This project was a perfect fit for our mission,” said Jamie Markus, Wyoming State Librarian. “It’s always a good day for us when we can promote literacy.”

Wyoming at 125 is by Bill Sniffin, with contributing photographers and writers. Sniffin is a photographer, journalist and entrepreneur, and a long-time Wyoming resident. The book was produced with assistance from the Wyoming State Arts, Parks and Cultural Resources Department as a way to celebrate the state’s 125th anniversary of statehood in 2015.

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