Family Friday: Reconciling Our National Family History

Shabbat Shalom! This week NASCAR banned the Confederate Flag from all of their events and properties. After their unsuccessful attempt to implement a ban after the Charleston Church shooting in 2015, I still find myself hopeful for their success. Meanwhile, Mississippi is deciding whether to finally remove the emblem from their state flag. As we…

On The Hunt: Betz and Rena

"Dearest Betz," the first of seven handwritten and undated letters began, and already before I finished reading the letter the words were out of my mouth, "who is Betz?" The seven letters addressed to Betz are in Folder 7, Box 21 of Grace Raymond Hebard's Papers held at the American Heritage Center at the University…

William Tell Has Bad Aim

On November 18, 1307, legend says that William Tell shot an apple off his son's head. The fable is wrapped up in Switzerland's Independence, framing Tell as a heroic and principled fighter for the cause while borrowing elements of the myth from neighboring cultures. Today I am sharing my first and only attempt at historical…

The Missing Diaries

On March 24th, 1924, Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard delivered a dedication to the new library building on the University of Wyoming campus. Her eight-page speech recalled the history and growth of the library from a three-book pyramid to a 55,000 book collection and closed by advocating for murals of Wyoming history to be painted on…

Just Passing Through

With plenty of snow and wind, the highways into Saratoga all closed yesterday. No morning hot springs soak for me today, just a rescheduled "Galentine's Weekend" for this spring. As much as I was looking forward to restoring my body with a good mineral hot spring and my spirit with good friends, I was also…