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History Day

Looking for a History Day topic? Think Wyoming!

Wyoming history is full of great research topics for History Day contest projects. To get the mental juices flowing, we have come up with some potential topics that fit with the 2015 theme, Leadership and Legacy.

Wyoming History Day 2015 Leadership & Legacy

2015 NHD Theme Book

African Americans
  • Barney Ford, owner of Inter Ocean Hotel in Cheyenne
  • William J. Hardin, 1st black legislator
  • Buck Rhone
Asian
  • Ah Say, leader of Chinese community in Rock Springs/Evanston
  • Heart Mountain Draft Resisters
Aviation
  • Harold Brinker
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Air Mail Service & Pilots
Business, Commerce & Industry
  • J.C. Penney
  • Ed Ferris, owner of the Ferris Haggarty Mine near Encampment
  • Trabing Brothers, trader/merchants
  • Jim Bridger, mountain man/trading post
  • J.K. Moore, post suttler at Fort Washakie
Design & Architecture
  • William Dubois, architect in SE Wyoming, designed 2nd addition to Capitol
  • Frederick Hutchinson “Bunk” Porter, architect in SE Wyoming, designed many UW buildings
  • Thomas Molesworth, furniture maker in Cody credited with popularizing “western” furniture
  • Charles Belden, photographer & film maker near Meeteetse credited with popularizing dude ranches and the western mystique
Education
  • State mandated education in Wyoming constitution
  • Wyoming teacher’s Institutes & normal schools
Governors
  • F.E. Warren
  • Joseph M. Carey
  • B.B. Brooks
  • John B. Kendrick
Historical Preservation
  • Clarence Richardson, historical markers
  • Russell Thorp, Jr., stagecoaches
  • Dr. Grace Raymond Hebard
  • Dr. T.A. Larson, “Mr. Wyoming History”
  • Lola Homsher
  • Loren Clark Bishop, trails
Judicial Leadership
  • Hon. Fred Blume
  • Hon. William Riner
  • Hon. Vandevanter
Military
  • Capt. William J. Fetterman
  • Gen. Henry B. Carrington
  • Gen. Phil Sheridan
  • Gen. John J. Pershing
Native Americans
  • Chief Washakie, Shoshone
  • Chief Black Coal, Arapahoe
  • Chief Sharp Nose, Arapahoe
  • Chief Yellow Calf, Arapahoe
  • Princess Blue Water, Lakota Sioux
Railroad
  • Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, surveyor
  • Oliver and Oakes Ames
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Union Pacific Coal Mines
Safety
  • Coal Mine Safety
  • Yellow Stripping on Highways
Tourism/Entertainment/Publishing
  • William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody
  • Col. Tim McCoy
  • Caroline Lockhart, pioneering journalist, settled near Cody
  • Bill Barrows, newspaper editor in Buffalo, member of Constitutional Convention
  • Bill Nye, newspaper editor in Laramie, humorist
  • Asa Mercer, newspaper editor, Johnson County War
Water Rights/Land Rights
  • Carey Act
  • Colorado River Compact
  • Elwood Mead
  • Fence In vs Fence Out
Wildlife Conservation
  • Stephen Leek
  • Olas & Marty Murie
  • Jackson Hole Elk Feeding Grounds
Women’s Suffrage
  • William H. Bright
  • Esther Morris
Livestock
  • Wyoming Stock Growers Association
  • Thomas Sturgis
  • Alexander Swan/Swan Land & Cattle Co.
Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources