Wyoming

Rabbit Holes and Reputation

While writing my master’s thesis, I spent a little over a week learning about calendars. You see, in his autobiography, Levi Sheftall double-dated the year of his birth 1739/40, despite the fact that he maintained his father’s records of Savannah’s Jewry which clearly put Levi’s birth in 1739. With the appearance of several other double-dates …

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Canceling Class and the Art of Social Distancing

On Friday afternoon I received official word that my class, “Grace Raymond Hebard and the Pursuit of Wyoming,” must be canceled after only one meeting due to COVID-19. As each day after our first class meeting brought more news of the coronavirus spread, my concern for my students mounted. I felt nervous that I could …

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On Failure

Tonight begins Purim and I can’t help but think of where I was a year ago. Last Purim, as I gathered materials to make a homemade grogger and packed up my poppy seed hamantaschen filled with lemon custard, I received official word of my rejection from the history graduate program at Brandeis University. I had …

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Networks of Women: Making A Generation

On the evening of October 1, 2009, I sat entranced alongside my friends while Elaine Showalter imparted some special advice for her talk at the all women’s university. It would stick with me the rest of my life as a writer: be arrogant, cocky, and if you connect with another woman call yourselves a generation. …

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“Our Buffalo”

Buffalo, Wyoming has the unique claim as the birthplace of the Wyoming State Flag and its designer, Verna Keays Keyes. The Bighorn Mountains stand in the backdrop of this photo, Verna’s hometown of Buffalo nestled in its foothills. Verna grew up exploring, riding, and hiking near Clear Creek and the Bighorns. She fostered a love …

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