Between 2008 and 2012, institutions and individuals in Wyoming received $3.4 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Wyoming Humanities Council for projects that explore the human endeavor and preserve our cultural heritage.
Below are some examples.
- The Buffalo Bill Historical Center received a $200,000 grant to develop a digital version of the Papers of William F. Cody, combining separate papers collections into one searchable and publicly available resource.
- Support from a $161,000 grant enabled 80 Wyoming schoolteachers to attend a one-week seminar in which they visited historic landmarks and archives to study the struggle for women’s rights in the western states and territories, including Wyoming, where women gained the right to vote half a century before passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.
- The Laramie Plains Museum has received $60,000 in grants to help preserve its growing collection of textiles, art, and historic artifacts. The museum is housed in the historic Ivinson Mansion, which was built in the late nineteenth century for banker and erstwhile railroad-tie dealer Edward Ivinson.
- The Sheridan County Library and the Natrona County Public Library have both received grants of $2,500 to support presentation of “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition developed by the National Constitution Center.
- Northwest College, a community college in Powell with little over 2,000 students, has been awarded a $131,000 challenge grant to support the creation of a campus center devoted to intercultural programming.
- The Buffalo Bill Historical Center, in Cody (named after Buffalo Bill, whose real name was William F. Cody), received a $40,000 grant for a traveling exhibition, catalog, and programs on the cultures of the Plains Indians.
- The University of Wyoming in Laramie received a $6,000 grant for a conservation assessment of 369 works of art on paper, including some by the nineteenth-century artist Hans Kleiber, known for his studies and landscapes of Wyoming.
- Each semester, the Wyoming Humanities Council partners with five other cultural agencies to sponsor Saturday University in Jackson Hole, where students take free, college-level courses in such topics as “Who Pays for Climate Change?,” “Democracy: Lessons from Afghanistan and Iraq,” and “Theories of Punishment: What Is Justice?”
- Faces of Addiction: A Humanities Perspective featured screenings in seven Wyoming cities of films about different types of addiction. These were accompanied by discussions led by humanities scholars and professionals familiar with addiction issues.
- Fifty-seven writers contributed prose and poetry about the borders that separate us, our homes, and our lands in Wyoming Fence Lines, an anthology edited by David Romtvedt and published in 2007 by the Wyoming Humanities Council, which also received a $65,000 grant to support “Between Fences,” a multi-component lecture, discussion, and documentary project.