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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 2017 theme, Taking a Stand in History.

The National History Day program is a year-long education program that culminates in a national contest every June. Wyoming History Day, administered by the American Heritage Center, occurs every year in April.

National History Day engages students in grades 6-12 in the process of discovery and interpretation of historical topics. Students produce dramatic performances, imaginative exhibits, multimedia documentaries and research papers based on research related to an annual theme. These projects are then evaluated at local, state, and national competitions.


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History Day 2017 Topic Ideas Using Wyoming State Archives sources

Annual Theme: Taking a Stand in History

  • Gov. Campbell vetos the repeal of the Women’s Suffrage Act, 1871
  • Cattle ranchers vs. Sheep rancher
  • Open range cattlemen vs. homesteaders
  • 63 Heart Mountain internees charged with violation of the Selective Service Act, 1944
  • Black 14 at the University of Wyoming, 1969
  • MX Missile protests
  • Gov. Simpson confiscates gambling machines
  • Red Cloud’s War
  • Native American hunting rights in Wyoming, ex.
  • Chief Sharp Nose’s request to move the Northern Arapaho Tribe off the Sioux reservation
  • Tensions between the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes over land ownership on the Wind River Reservation, ex. Co-ownership declared by courts in 1938
  • Vigilante justice in territorial Wyoming - ex. the “clean up” of Laramie in the 1860s
  • Gov. Hansen’s protest against the expansion of Grand Teton National Park
  • Governor-elect Osborne’s attempt to take office early/Acting Governor Barber’s resistance
  • Steven N. Leek and the creation of the National Elk Feeding Grounds
  • Creation of Yellowstone National Park and/or the National Park System
  • The Wyoming Historic Landmark Commission - preserving history for the future
  • The fight against grasshopper and Mormon cricket infestations, 1930s
  • Fight against wild horse roundups in the Red Desert, 1940s
  • Saving condemned historic properties, ex. Trail End in Sheridan, Ivinson Mansion in Laramie, South Pass City,
  • Interstate water rights, ex. Colorado River Compact, Big Horn River Adjudication, Wyoming vs. Nebraska,
  • Coxey’s Army, working class protesting for public programs
  • The fight to protect and manage Wyoming’s wild game, creation of the Wyoming Fish Commissioner, Wyoming Game Commissioner and Wyoming Game & Fish Department
  • Creation of All-American Indian Days, held in Sheridan

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