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John Wesley Powell, Myrtle and Me: Journeys on the Colorado River with Jessica Flock @ Centennial Branch Library
Aug 23 @ 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
John Wesley Powell, Myrtle and Me: Journeys on the Colorado River with Jessica Flock @ Centennial Branch Library | Centennial | Wyoming | United States

Jessica chronicles John Wesley Powell’s expeditions on the Green and Colorado Rivers. She intertwines her own adventures on the Colorado River with other contemporary experiences on the river using historic documents and photographs as well as youtube videos in her presentation.

Flock holds an MA in Education from the University of Wyoming and has worked as a Substitute, ESL, Social Studies and Reading teacher and librarian in Albany County and the Cathedral Home in Laramie.  She is also a UNC Workshop facilitator.  She recently accepted the position of History Day Coordinator with the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.

Kit Carson in Wyoming and the West with John D. Farr @ Grand Encampment Museum
Aug 24 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Kit” Carson, was a mountain man fur trapper, explorer, and military leader.   He did not read or write but spoke 12 languages, including Native American languages and is estimated to have traveled 50,000 miles on foot in the western territories.  Learn about the life and times of the famous but unknown “Kit” Carson which included California statehood, the Civil War, early western settlement and war with Mexico.


“But I Just Had to Brace Up and Do My Best: Nurses in World War I” — UW Libraries Lecture Series @ Coe Library, Room 506
Sep 11 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
"But I Just Had to Brace Up and Do My Best: Nurses in World War I" -- UW Libraries Lecture Series @ Coe Library, Room 506 | Laramie | Wyoming | United States

Dr. Mary Burman will use diaries, letters, and other sources to illustrate the experiences of nurses during World War I, focusing on American nurses who served overseas.  The impact of military service in WWI on individual nurses and also the profession of nursing int he United States will be described.

Burman is the Dean of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing at the UW.

In addition to the lecture, the Army ROTC Color Guard will post the flag, the Harley-Fadial Duo and UW Graduate Spring Quartet will perform WWI era music, and the History Club will provide light refreshments.

Understanding the Muslim Faith @ Wyoming Medical Center Conference Room
Sep 16 @ 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

A Discussion hosted by the Wyoming Association of Churches and Wyoming Humanities.

This free symposium will feature:

Dr.Mohamed Salih

Dr. Mohamed Salih is native of Sudan who migrated to the U.S. in the early seventies. He earned his degree from Utah State University and his Masters from Montana State University He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from Texas Tech University and an MBA from the University of South Dakota.      He is the former Dean of the Business and Technology division at Laramie County Community College (LCCC), a position he held from 1986 until his retirement in 2009.

He has taught a course about the History and Philosophy of Islam at LCCC for many years. In addition he taught community courses and served on many panels about issues dealing with Islam and the Quran. He frequently writes in the local paper–Cheyenne Tribune Eagle–again about issues related to Islam and is a frequent speaker at many of the faith communities in Cheyenne. Presently he is teaching a short course about Islam to all the Police Officers in Cheyenne. Prior to his appointment at LCCC, he served as the chair of the Applied Sciences Department at Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota.

Dr. Salih is very active in the Cheyenne community serving on many boards and advisory committees. He is the Chair of the Board of directors for Family Promise of Cheyenne, a member and ex-secretary of the Cheyenne Interfaith Council, Secretary/Treasurer of the Southeast Wyoming Islamic Center, member of the First Education Federal Credit Union and a former member of SANKOFA African Awareness Board. He is a member of the Advisory Committees for the Cheyenne Police Department, Senior Citizen Center and Compassionate Cheyenne. He is also a member of the Young Men Literary club and the Wallop Group.

Dr. Brad Tyndall

Dr. Brad Tyndall is the president of Central Wyoming College. He has a Ph.D. in economics with specializations in International Development and International Finance. He studied Arabic at the University of Strasbourg in France and at the Sudan Arabic Institute in Khartoum.

In addition to working for community colleges in the U.S., he has worked in eastern Africa and the Middle East in community development for the Peace Corps, CARE International, and US AID. He was a Fulbright Fellow for a Work Bank affiliate in Kenya. Most recently, in 2016, he was asked by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to present at its World Environment Day Conference in Jubail.

After 9/11, to promote peace and understanding, he began doing presentations on “The Loving Side of Islam”. These presentations evolved into his published book, “Touching God: A Journey, A Guide to Mysticism in Christianity and Islam”.

 Understanding the Muslim Faith

Schedule of Events
Wyoming Medical Center Saturday, September 16
Registration 9:30   am
Welcome and Introductions 9:50   am
Guest Leader Presentation:
Dr. Mohamed Salih
10:00 am
Break 10:45 am
Guest Leader Presentation:
Dr. Brad Tyndall
7:00   am
Break 11:45 am
Lunch Served Noon
Conversations with Guest Leaders 1:00   pm
Break 2:00   pm
More Conversations 2:15   pm
Closing Comments 3:00   pm

Wyoming Medical Center, Casper, Wyoming
*Parking in Western Parking Garage
1233 E. 2nd St., Casper, Wyoming

If you wish to attend, please register at

Suggested donations of $15 will be appreciated.

“Warriors in Khaki: Indian Doughboys in the Great War” — UW Libraries Lecture Series @ Alice Hardie Stevens Center
Sep 19 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
"Warriors in Khaki: Indian Doughboys in the Great War" -- UW Libraries Lecture Series @ Alice Hardie Stevens Center | Laramie | Wyoming | United States

More than twelve thousand American Indians served int he U.S. Armed Forces in the Great War.  Interestingly, at the beginning of the war, many of these Indians were not U.S. citizens and did not enjoy the benefits of American citizenship.  Douglas Cubbison and Johanna Wickman will discuss the participation of American Indians in the American Expeditionary Force and U.S. Navy, will acknowledge patriotism at Wind River Reservation prior to the declaration of war, will recognize the strong wartime support afforded by Indian reservations and nations throughout the United States, will identify the confirmed Wyoming Indians who fought in the war, and will discuss how Indian service and sacrifice influenced Indian-Government relationship following the war.

Cubbison is the Curator of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum and Wickman is an Assistant Curator.  This program is held in conjunction with the monthly Albany County Historical Society meeting.

“Home Front in Wyoming” — UW Libraries Lecture Series @ Alice Hardie Stevens Center
Oct 2 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
"Home Front in Wyoming" -- UW Libraries Lecture Series @ Alice Hardie Stevens Center | Laramie | Wyoming | United States

Tom Rea will discuss civilian life in Wyoming during the years immediately before, during, and after the nation’s engagement in the war in 1917 and 1918.  He will share anecdotes about the Red Cross fundraisers, the war bond drives, the anti-German sentiment and activities of the One Hundred Percent American Society, the murder trial of John Leibig, the enforcement of the Sedition Act, victory gardens, and more that occurred in Wyoming.

Tom Rea is the Editor of WyoHistory.org, a project of the Wyoming State Historical Society.  This program is sponsored in part bye the Laramie Plains Museum.

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