“Fifty-One Years of Freedom: Wyoming’s Suffrage Story, 1869-1920”

In 1869 Wyoming made history as the first U.S. territory to give women the right to vote. Fifty-one years later, the nation followed Wyoming’s lead. A fresh take on a longstanding controversy, this presentation offers critical new evidence to Wyoming’s suffrage story and restores the contributions to the movement made by both Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard and Esther Hobart Morris.

“Tea Party Controversy”

The origins of woman suffrage in Wyoming has long been shrouded in debate: should Esther Hobart Morris be given the name “mother of woman suffrage” or is she someone who has received “more credit than she deserves”? Diving into the details of the tea party controversy, this presentation offers a new perspective on the early suffrage activism of Esther Hobart Morris and the historians who debate her.

H.G. Nickerson with marker for Esther H. Morris. 
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

“The Wyoming State Flag and The Women Who Made It Fly”

A contest with a $20 prize was the humble origins of a state flag with a story traversing through women’s suffrage, immigration, and World War One. This presentation examines the contributions of Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard and flag designer Verna Keays Keyes in establishing Wyoming’s state flag while grappling with questions of citizenship and legacy.

“Dry Timber: Anti-Judaism and Antisemitism before 1933”

Historian Doris Bergen’s burning house metaphor for the Holocaust forms the foundation for this presentation, which explores the preconditions leading to the Holocaust. Connecting the long history of anti-Judaism and antisemitism to personal experiences of antisemitism growing up in Wyoming and recent examples from the news, this presentation aims to teach teens and young adults about the Holocaust in a responsible manner promoting empathy and emphasizing the power of words and humor.