Family Friday: Celebrating the Small Successes

Yesterday morning I finally finished my rough draft of the Great Seal of the State of Wyoming to brand on the Wyoming flag bison. A small success along this very long road. I look both ways, behind me and ahead, with a giddy sort of excitement and an extreme amount of gratitude that I do…

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…

The Crickets

This is a poem I wrote late one night, during late winter while homesick in Lincoln. My studio apartment featured a loud refrigerator, which reminded me of crickets and the sounds of home.     The Crickets Kylie Louise McCormick   The mechanical buzzing, humming, sprigging in my refrigerator fills my chilled apartment at night.…

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…

On My Way

Happy National Poetry Month! In the spirit of the month, each Thursday I will try to post a poem. I dug through my old notebooks for this one. As Wyoming weathers another spring snowstorm, this spring snow poem opines for escape. To me, poems have always been lovely little escapes or beautiful places to store…

Maps and Memory

A piece of Wyoming history is coming into my care. The map, "The History and Romance of Wyoming" prepared by Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard and Paul M. Paine in 1928 and reprinted in 1936, was a gift to Wyoming flag designer, Verna Keays Keyes and now to me. One of Keyes' granddaughter, Rebecca Keays, is…