WY Governor to Mark May as Historic Preservation Month / Public News Service

On Thursday, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is expected to sign a proclamation declaring May 2022 Historic Preservation Month, part of a national observance dating back to 1973.

Carrie Edinger, historical program manager for the Sheridan Community Land Trust, said Wyoming is full of buildings and sites where historical events can be remembered. She encouraged residents of all ages to get out and explore their local and regional history.

“If we talk about it and share our memories and those stories, or what elements need help to be preserved,” Edinger said, “it not only helps to save it and preserve it, but also to keep it alive. .”

Each May, historic societies, preservation groups, and business and civic organizations across the United States celebrate Historic Preservation Month through events that promote historic places and heritage tourism, and demonstrate the economic and social benefits of preservation.

This May marks the fourth annual celebration hosted by the Alliance for Historic Wyoming. A full list of events is available at historicwyoming.org.

Edinger’s group has planned a bus tour of the black diamond trail Tuesday, exploring the region’s history of mining millions of tons of coal from seams up to 40 feet thick for trains and power plants.

Edinger also encouraged people to sign up for a hands-on preservation experience scheduled for Saturday at the historic Monarch Lutheran Cemetery just off Interstate 90 north of Sheridan.

“Everything from eating weeds to cleaning or maintaining gravestones,” Edinger said. “And we’re also going to do documentation on the cemetery. We’re going to create a map of the cemetery layout.”

Volunteers will check the names on the headstones against a list created by the Wyoming Hall of the Sheridan County Library.

For anyone interested in learning more about historical preservation, Edinger suggested contacting nearby museums and historical groups. She said preservation groups such as the Trust are always on the lookout for curious volunteers.

“Volunteers help out at events, they sometimes help with research, and they’re also presenters on the Explore History program,” Edinger said. “So there are many ways to volunteer, depending on skill level and interest, there is always something to do.”

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