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Archives On The Air 219: Wyoming’s Centennial — Gene and Jeanne Bryan Wyoming Centennial Materials

1990 marked the 100th year of Wyoming statehood. Celebrations were held across the state. From Yellowstone to the Medicine Bows, natives and visitors alike were encouraged to participate in festivities to mark the occasion.

More than 10,000 spectators turned out in front of the capitol in Cheyenne to witness a reenactment of the statehood address.

Jeanne Bryan was the director of the Centennial Commission which coordinated thousands of volunteers who worked across the state organizing events.

Wyoming dignitaries joined ordinary citizens and corporate sponsors to make Wyoming’s centennial both enjoyable and educational. There were traditional Arapaho and Shoshone dance performances, cowboy poetry readings, concerts, fireworks, rodeos and more.

See artifacts from Wyoming’s yearlong celebration of statehood in the Gene and Jeanne Bryan Wyoming Centennial materials at UW’s American Heritage Center.