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Hemingway in Wyoming

After learning about Wyoming from a fellow soldier, Ernest Hemingway decided he needed to visit and maybe even stay there. His experiences in Wyoming greatly influenced many of his works.

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American writer Ernest Hemingway in the courtyard of his house in Paris, in Rue Notre Dame des Champs. Paris, 1924 (Photo by Mondadori PortfolioMondadori via Getty Images)

Ernest Hemingway had many connections to Wyoming – Let Hemingway Highways show you all about it!


He completed his novel A Farewell to Arms at Spear-O-Wigwam, the Spear Family Ranch near Sheridan, in 1928, and would use his interactions with Sheridan residents for his short story “Wine of Wyoming.”


He took advantage of the state’s fishing and hunting, leading to Hemingway-related newspaper headlines such as “Damn You…So Let’s Go Fishing” and “Burn Horse for Bait.”


He married Martha Gellhorn at the Union Pacific Railroad Depot in Cheyenne in 1940 and maintained a strong friendship with the Coopers (of the Cooper House mansion, now the American Studies department on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie).


He spent time at the L Bar T Ranch near Cody, working on his book Death in the Afternoon in 1930 and then To Have and Have Not in 1936.

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Wyoming Women's Suffrage Resources

Written and directed by Caldera Productions and co-produced with Wyoming PBS. With the national campaign for a women’s suffrage amendment stalled the thinly populated Wyoming Territory in 1869 became the first democracy in the modern world to recognize a woman’s unqualified right to vote. Colorful frontier characters, a volatile mix of motives, and the caprice of history drive this story of a neglected chapter in America’s past. For more information, please click below.

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First, But Last

Listen to WYH “First, But Last” podcast series. A podcast that introduces you to the creative, intrepid, and influential women all across the state of Wyoming, asking them about wisdom, work, and adventure in the “equality” state.

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Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistance

The story of women’s suffrage is a story of voting rights, of inclusion in and exclusion from the franchise, and of our civic development as a nation. Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, a poster exhibition from the Smithsonian, celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment and explores the complexity of the women’s suffrage movement and the relevance of this history to Americans’ lives today.

The crusade for women’s suffrage is one of the longest reform movements in American history. Between 1832 and 1920, women citizens organized for the right to vote, agitating first in their states or territories and then, simultaneously, through petitioning for a federal amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story, is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display, and share the compelling story of women. It will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world.

Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

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Home From School

Where the past presses on the present…
Home from School: The Children of Carlisle dives into a dark chapter in American history oftern untold or understood. Below are resources and tools for viewers to dive deeper into the history, learn, and act from it.

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To move forward, they must heal the past.

In 2017, a delegation of Northern Arapaho tribal members traveled from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to retrieve remains of three children who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial school in the 1880s. It’s a journey into the troubled history of Indian boarding schools and a quest to heal generational wounds.

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“Kill the Indian in him, and save the man” was the guiding principle of the U.S. government-run Indian boarding school system starting in the late 19th Century. The program removed tens of thousands of Native American children from their tribal homelands, and through brutal assimilation tactics, stripped them of their languages, traditions and culture. The students were forced through a military-style, remedial education. Most children returned emotionally scarred, culturally unrooted with trauma that has echoed down the generations. Many students never returned home, having died at the schools. Home From School: The Children of Carlisle dives into history of the flagship federal boarding school, Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and follows the modern day journey of the Northern Arapaho Tribe as they seek to bring home the remains of three children who died at Carlisle over 100 years ago. To move forward they need to heal from the past, and in doing so they forge the way for other tribes to follow.