We Celebrate 150 Years!
There’s more to Wyoming than the Wild West. As far back as territorial days, while men were breaking laws, women were making history. All year Laramie will be honoring Wyoming women who made world history 150 years ago.
Stop by our historic museums and vibrant downtown to relive the history of the Equality State for the Year of Wyoming Women.
Laramie’s own Louisa Swain was the first woman to vote in Wyoming, and we have dedicated September 6th as Louisa Swain Day, the day she cast the first female vote under laws giving women and men fully equal voting rights in 1870. Mrs. Martha Symons Boies was the first woman in the world to be appointed a court bailiff of record, she was appointed to serve to the Laramie City, Wyoming, court in March 1870. Additionally, six women were summoned on that day to sit alongside 10 men on the first female jury. This marked the first time in the history of the world that women were given the opportunity to serve their community in such a manner.
Learn about 7 of Laramie’s changemakers in the slideshow of our postcards below. Stop by our office at 210 E Custer Street to pick up a free copy of the “Laramie, Wyoming Women who Made History” book, Votes for Women suffrage pins, Laramie’s women trailblazer postcards, and a copy of the Wyoming Women Coloring Book. There is also an excellent traveling exhibit on Wyoming Women’s Suffrage currently on display at our Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site.
Meet Laramie’s Changemakers
Laramie Votes for Women Visitable Locations
Hours: Tues-Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Thur: 10 am - 7 pm; Closed Sunday & MondayEmailDirections
Description: The University of Wyoming Art Museum presents and collects world-class art and objects by regional, national and international artists, and art from the American West. As an academic museum and a leader in the arts, the University of Wyoming Art Museum concentrates on furthering programs that engage students and visitors in discussions that broaden an understanding of diverse perspectives, viewpoints, and cultures. Through its Museum as Classroom approach, the University of Wyoming Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages, supports the academic mission…
Address: 2111 Willet Dr., Laramie, WY 82071
Hours: Mon: 8 am - 7 pm; Tues-Fri: 8 am - 5 pm; Sat: 10 am - 5 pm; Closed SundayEmailDirections
Description: The American Heritage Center (AHC) is the University of Wyoming’s (UW) repository of manuscripts collections, rare books, and the university archives. Many universities have primary source repositories. Few have repositories as extensive and significant as the AHC. More importantly, few universities have such repositories as welcoming and accessible to undergraduate and graduate students. Internationally known for its historical collections the AHC first and foremost serves the students and citizens of Wyoming. The AHC sponsors a wide range of scholarly and popular programs including lectures, symposia, and exhibits. Not…
Hours: August 28 to October 31, 2020Directions
Description: The Wyoming State Museum’s traveling exhibit, Suffrage Wyoming, is heading on a tour of State Parks and Historic Sites across Wyoming. The exhibit traces the history and impact of women’s suffrage in Wyoming from 1869 to the present day. As Wyoming celebrates its 150th anniversary of universal suffrage in 2019, and the 100th anniversary of national women’s suffrage in 2020, this exhibit examines both the major successes and long road ahead for women in politics.
Activity Phone: 307-760-3355
Description: Started in 2015 in the alley between 211 Grand Avenue and 218 Ivinson Avenue, this project is a collaborative effort between several artists to hide lesser-known local historic figures throughout the alleyway. Each figure is painted in black and white with only one element in color. Search out figures like Caroline Lockhart and Sherman Sage. Don’t forget to look up! The largest piece in the alley behind 210 S. 2nd Street is Adrienne Vetter’s Wild West Social Justice mural, featuring the Black 14, Laramie’s suffragettes, and the…
Hours: Gift Shop & Grounds: Tues-Sat: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm; Closed Sunday & Monday (Closed January & February); The museum is currently closed to tours due to Covid-19EmailDirections
Description: Set on the property of the magnificent Ivinson Mansion, the Laramie Plains Museum is one of the region’s finest historic house museums. Thousands of visitors from around the country and the world view its collections each year. Located between 6th and 7th Streets on Ivinson Street, it is a must-see when visiting Laramie, Wyoming, 45 miles west of Cheyenne on Interstate 80. The Ivinson Mansion was saved from demolition in 1972, and has been fully restored to its original opulence thanks to the Laramie community. It is the…