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Protecting Wyoming's Historic Places and Spaces
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We are launching our Cowboy Carnegie Campaign this week celebrating Wyoming's historic libraries.
Laramie's Historic Carnegie Library opened in 1905 and was used as a library until 1981.  Since then, the City has owned and operated the building as the City Services Annex.  The Alliance for Historic Wyoming will be launching their Cowboy Carnegie Campaign this Friday from the steps of the building.

We invite you all to join us this Friday, April 17, at 4:30-6:00 pm in Laramie at the Historic Carnegie Library Building to celebrate the history and preservation of libraries in Wyoming.  This event is the launch party for our Cowboy Carnegies Campaign.  This event is part of National Library Week and National Architecture Week. 
                                            

“The community dedication shown by the construction and continued maintenance of Carnegie library buildings should not be forgotten,” says AHW Executive Director Carly-Ann Anderson.  “Like school buildings, churches, and neighborhoods, Wyoming’s Carnegie libraries are architectural gems and community landmarks.”


Carnegie libraries were so named because of the philanthropic generosity of Andrew Carnegie. The colonial-style historic building of the Laramie Carnegie Library was constructed as a result of a $20,000 donation from Carnegie. Local fundraising resulted in books and other library materials. In 1905, the Laramie Carnegie Library opened (4th St. and Grand Ave). In 1981, the library moved to its current building at 8th and Grand Ave. The Carnegie building was then converted for use as city offices, but today it maintains its distinguished exterior appearance.

“We strongly urge Wyoming’s cities and counties to continue using these spaces, and we want to celebrate these preservation accomplishments in Wyoming through our Cowboy Carnegies campaign,” says Andrea Graham, member of the AHW board.

AHW’s Cowboy Carnegie campaign will include a traveling exhibit and presentations on the Wyoming Carnegies. The AHW website will include a series of articles on their history as well as an interactive map on their locations across the state. The AHW is in the process of evaluating sites in hopes to nominate several of the state’s Carnegie libraries to the National Register of Historic Places, says Anderson. Four of these libraries are already on the National Register or included in historic districts.
  For more information, visit our website.
Step up and join our board!
 
AHW has several board vacancies due to the recent resignations of Barbara Dobos of Casper and Brie Blasi of Green River. We’re actively seeking interested candidates from all regions of the state. 
Our board is a diverse group of varied professions, experience and ages, who share a common commitment to ensuring that Wyoming’s historic places and spaces have a role in our future. We meet four times a year in different locations around the state and work together year-round via electronic communications.
 
If you’re interested in taking your passion for historic places and spaces to a statewide level and working with engaged citizens on issues such as protecting historic landscapes, preserving and re-purposing historic schools and libraries, celebrating Wyoming’s historic places and empowering people to preserve their own historic buildings, let us know!  Please give us a call or send an email so we can tell you more.
 
Mary Humstone, Board President            Carly-Ann Anderson, Executive Director

Humstone@HistoricWyoming.org
                  ExecDirector@HistoricWyoming.org
970 420-5275                                         307 333-3508
Spring is here and that means the Alliance for Historic Wyoming is busy preparing for a summer full of events and activities. 
Here's a preview.

We are launching our Cowboy Carnegies Campaign in Laramie on April 17!  Help us honor these great community buildings at a casual event. This campaign will travel around the state, so stay tuned!
We will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary in Casper this July.  The event is still shaping up but we want to honor the role our members have played in making preservation a priority in Wyoming.
Brick and Mortar "This Place Matters" Workshop, May 30, Laramie.  Join mason Peter Farquhar and preservation contractor Thom Tisthammer for a hands-on workshop at our former director Hilery Lindmier's home.  A tour of tudor brick homes in Laramie will follow.  

Join us August 15 at the AMK Unbarred event.  This former vacation property is now the University of Wyoming-National Park Research Station in Grand Teton National Park.  Enjoy stunning views and fantastic architecture.
Are you receiving our print newsletter?  AHW prints a quarterly newsletter featuring more preservation news, invitations to events, and more as part of our membership package. Memberships start at just $20 a year and all gifts to AHW are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
You can now support AHW with each Amazon purchase! 
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