Wyoming Humanities Awards April Spark Grant

Laramie, WY-April 15, 2020

Wyoming Humanities is pleased to announce the recipients of their April Spark Grants. As public humanities programming changes due to COVID-19 concerns, Wyoming Humanities is proud to help organizations continue their important work and adapt their plans with these up to $2,000 grants.

Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum received a Spark grant for “Mountains to Manuscripts: Women’s Writing in Wyoming from 1900 – 1950 Virtual Exhibit.” Funds will be used to convert to digital form, due to COVID-19, an exhibit which explores the story of the landscape, the wildlife, and the people of Jackson Hole and Wyoming through women’s words. The multi-media exhibit includes four female author profiles illustrated through text, photographs, objects, and original artwork by contemporary Jackson Hole artist, Katy Ann Fox. The digital exhibit is slated to launch June 1.

The Wyoming Military Department received a Spark grant for their program “On Point: History & Veterans Issues in Wyoming.” This speaker series focuses on veterans and military history-related topics:

• “Crash on Bomber Mountain” at the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum (July 18, 2 pm)

• “The Realities of PTSD” at WVMM (Oct. 17, 2 pm)

• “Murals of the Past: Historical Murals at the Wyoming Veterans Memoria Museum,” at the WVMM (Jan 23, 2021, 2 pm)

• “Women in the Wyoming National Guard,” at Casper College (date TBD)

The Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum received a Spark grant for “Hurrah for the Cowboy.” This features an exhibit on the romantic images of the American Cowboy in the late 19th century and examines “individuality, identity, and mythology of the American West.” The program includes 2 lectures free to the public:

• Dr. Renee Laegrid’s lecture on the cowboy’s impact on western culture (May 19, 5:30 pm)

• Lee Sillman’s “Illustrated Lecture on “Hurrah for the Cowboy!’ (June 10, 5:30 pm)

The Wyoming State Historical Society received a Spark grant for “The Governor Lady: Nellie Tayloe Ross Returns from History,” a one-person historical interpretation of the Honorable Nellie Tayloe Ross. Each 50-minute presentation will be modified in one brief section to include mention of a visit she made to that particular locale while governor.

• Historic Governors’ Mansion, Cheyenne (June 14, 2 pm)

• Rockpile Museum, Gillette (June 15, 6 pm)

• Fremont County Library (June 18, 6 pm)

About Wyoming Humanities

Wyoming Humanities is the Wyoming affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and is one of 55 state humanities councils. Conceived by a group of University of Wyoming leaders in 1970 and approved by the NEH in 1971, Wyoming Humanities is the oldest state humanities council. Their mission is to use the public humanities to strengthen Wyoming’s democracy, expand the Wyoming narrative, and promote engaged communities. Wyoming Humanities is an independent nonprofit funded by the NEH, a state legislative appropriation, corporate and foundation grants, and private donations. Wyoming Humanities is headquartered in Laramie, WY with an office in Jackson’s Center for the Arts. To learn more about Wyoming Humanities, visit www.thinkwy.org.

Press Contact

Erin Pryor Ackerman

Director of Grants