Publications, Features, & Awards


The Wyoming State Flag and the Women Who Made It Fly

Published: August 31, 2021

"A few people in Wyoming know the secret behind their beloved state flag. They will give a knowing smile, perhaps a chuckle, as they nod, yes—that bison wasn’t always hitched to the staff, he used to look out over the mountains and prairie. The Wyoming State Flag holds more secrets in its weave; the bison himself tells of the complicated relationship between the two women who made him fly, Grace Raymond Hebard and Verna Keays Keyes."

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Marking the Past: A History of Wyoming’s Historical Markers

Published: October 1, 2022

“Historical monuments and markers often enrich our travels with information on a local place, person or event─ but each marker also hints at the thinking of whoever set it there in the first place. The formal marking of historic spots in Wyoming dates back before Statehood and the process continues today.”

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Rabbit Holes of History

Published: October 26, 2022

Check out my latest blog post on about my journey down the research rabbit hole while editing, “Three Photos, a Murder, and a Murky Outcome.” While investigating the identity of Native American women in a photograph, Dick Blust at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum found himself also investigating a murder. Was George Terry murdered for the mistreatment of his wife, Kate Enos? Or was he assassinated for his support of opening the Wind River Reservation in 1904?

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Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Published: November 16th, 2022

Check out my latest blog post on reflecting on national celebrations. I find the people who started them did so because they saw value in celebrating a group’s distinct cultures and history. The idea behind Native American Heritage Month started in 1912 when Dr. Arthur C. Parker of the Seneca Nation convinced the Boy Scouts of America to celebrate a “First Americans” Day. Soon, the idea of celebrating all their diverse cultures and shared history gained support among other American Indians. In 1912, the Congress of the American Indian Association began petitioning the federal government for the day to be nationally recognized. Finally, in 1990, President George H.W. Bush designated November to be National Native American Heritage Month, and since then each president as kept the tradition.

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Law and Order in Cokeville: A Woman Mayor and Prohibition

Published: February 20, 2023

“WOMAN MAYOR IS JAILED, CHARGED WITH BEATING MAN,” read the headline. Similar versions ran on front pages across Wyoming after 1922’s Fourth of July in tiny Cokeville, Wyo., on the Idaho border. How had the town’s new mayor, elected just a month earlier on a law enforcement ticket, found herself in the middle of a street brawl?

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Just Who Did This Woman Think She Was: In Praise of Grace Raymond Hebard

Published February 27th, 2023

“You are – I say it without a qualm – our star contributing editor. You have given us the most of any one on our list – and all good too.” When the editor of The Woman Citizen, Virginia Roderick, wrote this to University of Wyoming Professor Grace Raymond Hebard in 1922, she could only speculate on the treasure trove of what would become 87 boxes, or 44.3 cubic feet, of archival material—Hebard’s life work.

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A Mayor and the KKK

Published: May 1st,2023

Fearless, determined Lizabeth Wiley served three terms in the 1920s as Greybull mayor. During her first, she opposed the Ku Klux Klan so successfully that by the term’s second half, she wrote, her job had become “tame.” Later, she weathered a bootlegging scandal and led relief efforts after a devastating flood.

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Flags of our mothers

Published: March 17, 2022
The Sundance Times by Sarah Pridgeon

"McCormick hopes that, by sharing the stories of these women and uncovering forgotten history in her touring presentations and published research, she can help remind Wyoming why it became known as the Equality State and recapture the attitude that made that possible."

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Project Highlights Women Who Forged, Documented Wyoming's History

Published: March 16, 2023
Alliance for Historic Wyoming by Eric Galatas

Kylie McCormick is a historian working to uncover the broad range of contributions made by women in the state's development. She said much of what is known today is because of the work of Grace Raymond Hebard, a University of Wyoming professor, who played an outsized role in advancing women's suffrage.

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Women To Know In Wyoming: Historian on a Mission to Debunk Cowboy State’s History

Published: June 19, 2023
The Wyoming Truth by Sarah DiMuro

Kylie McCormick is in the business of researching, restoring and telling remarkable stories.

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Lola Homsher Grant Program - 2021 Recipient

"Grant monies are drawn from a fund established by the late Lola Homsher, a noted historian and state archivist who spearheaded establishing the Society in 1953. After her retirement, Miss Homsher made a major donation to the WSHS that is used to help fund Society programs."

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“Father and Servant, Son and Slave: Judaism and Labor in Georgia, 1732-1809”

A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: History, Under the Supervision of Professor William G. Thomas III. 

Copyright © 2016 Kylie Louise McCormick

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This site documents the challenge to slavery and the quest for freedom in early Washington, D.C., by collecting, digitizing, making accessible, and analyzing freedom suits filed between 1800 and 1862, as well as tracing the multigenerational family networks they reveal.

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Malone Community Center: Visualizing History

Under the direction of the Digital Humanities Practicum instructors: Professors Andrew Jewell and Elizabeth Lorang.

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