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Cowboy Carnegies:
Wyoming's Historic Libraries

The latest initiative of our More than Mortar Historic Building Campaign

You've seen bits and pieces of our Cowboy Carnegies campaign over the past several months (like the This Place Matters photograph we took in July at the Fremont County Public Library in Lander), but we are pleased to announce that we have launched our webpage and finished our traveling exhibit!  

We hope you will visit the webpage, where you can read histories of each of Wyoming's 16 Carnegie Libraries, learn more about what prompted philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to 
fund libraries across the world, and how Wyoming's remaining 9 buildings are being used.  You may be surprised to learn that we've lost nearly half of these buildings; many were demolished just a few decades after their construction.  We're committed to helping counties find uses and preservation tools for the remaining Carnegie buildings so they can keep sparking interest, inspiring learning, and building community.

Interested in hosting the traveling exhibit? Get in touch at ExecDirector@HistoricWyoming.org. We'll post a schedule as soon as it is 
finalized, but expect to visit several communities in 2016.  

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Wyoming Humanities Council.  
Like many nonprofits, we rely on membership dues and donations to support our programming.  Interested in sponsoring programs like the Cowboy Carnegies campaign, or our work to protect the National Historic Trails?  Consider giving a gift today! All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

We are pleased to announce that the
Historic Architecture Assistance Fund Grant
will be available again in 2016!

The Historic Architecture Assistance Fund connects building owners with preservation architects, helping owners address rehabilitation issues with a plan that honors the building’s 
past and meets future needs. The program is offered by the Alliance in partnership with Wyoming Main Street and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, and is made possible by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.
The Handel IT and Ludwig photography building on the corner of 3rd Street and Ivinson in Laramie is one example of a successful Historic Architecture Assistance Fund project.  Owners Anne and Even Brande saved for several years after they consulted with a preservation architect and were able to restore the facade of their 1925 building, which had been altered in the 1950s to appear more modern.
We are working with our partners at the Wyoming Main Street program and State Historic Preservation Office to update our architectural roster and develop a new grant application for this competitive fund.  We hope to re-launch the program in early 2016 and will send updates as our work progresses.  To see more Architecture Assistance Fund projects, visit our website.

Join us in protecting Wyoming's historic places and spaces.

All donations received on or before December 31, 2015 are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law for the 2015 tax year.  Donations received after the 31st will be counted towards the 2016 tax year.

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