Join experienced attorney and author John Davis for The Scourge of Vigilantism in early Wyoming. Davis explores how and why the suppression of vigilantism was crucial to the creation of a true democracy in Wyoming. Government cannot be said to be of the people, by the people and for the people when lawless gunmen hold the ultimate control. Davis, author of four books addressing various iterations of vigilantism will examine the challenges for law enforcement and the impacts on our heritage.
Join experienced attorney John Davis for The Trial of Tom Horn for an examination of the conviction of Tom Horn. Author Davis demonstrates how this trial marked a major milestone in the hard-fought battle against vigilantism in Wyoming and presents every twist and turn of a fascinating trial. His account illuminates a larger narrative between the power of wealth and the forces of law order. Participants will come away with an understanding of what an enormous challenge to democracy vigilantism was in early Wyoming and how the fight against willful cattle barons shaped the history of the state.
Join educator and songster Bill Rossiter for a musical presentation; “Magic Carpet made of Steel”. Songs and stories help recapture the wonder railroads once inspired. Using tunes and yarns this Rossiter explores what railroads meant to the West in particular and the US in general in both the distant and not so distant past.
Experience a new piece of contemporary dramatic literature every month with Relative Theatrics. Participants will engage directly with modern plays by listening to actor-led readings of the texts, then joining discussions breaking down the thematic elements of the works and their relevance to today’s society.
In May, come discuss Stephen Karam’s The Humans. “…what is so amazing about The Humans (and this is a really amazing new play) is that while Karam’s writing never romanticizes these characters nor minimizes the struggles of those who find themselves lower-middle class and older in years in today’s increasingly elitist and divisive America, he focuses on their connections with each other. You watch them drive each other crazy, but you also want them at your own dinner, quite badly. You’ll be surprised how much. It is hard to think of another play that has dealt with these realities of life as it is lived in ordinary America–that faraway country Broadway so often chooses to ignore in favor of the bourgeoisie problems of one of the Upper Sides–with such compassion.” -Chris Jones, The Chicago Tribune
Join educator and songster Bill Rossiter for a presentation infused with music, Stories, Songs and Sodbusters. Rossiter uses stories and yarns to share stories of homesteaders, following a dream, who went west and stayed. Braving the “Great American Desert” with hand tools and a bucket of hope, they sang about the land of milk and honey. By the time they’d settled on their claims their songs included lyrics about alkali water, grasshopper plagues, chickens with the pip, leaky sod huts and coyotes at the door.
Join educator and songster Bill Rossiter for a musical presntation; Magic Carpet made of Steel. Rossiter uses Songs and stories to help recapture the wonder railroads once inspired. Using tunes and yarns this presentation explores what railroads meant to the West in particular and the US in general in both the distant and not so distant past. .