‘Putting Wyoming on the Map: the History of the Official Wyoming Highway Map’ talk Oct. 15
Program at the Green River Valley Museum
October 6, 2014
The Green River Valley Museum in Big Piney will host a special guest speaker on Wednesday, October 15th at 6:00PM. The program is "Putting Wyoming on the Map: the History of the Official Wyoming Highway Map." This is a special program about early Wyoming Roads by John Waggener. The program is sponsored by the American Heritage Center.
The history of the Official Wyoming Highway Map is as old as the state’s highway system itself. Over time the map has become a great symbol of our state and has been recognized as the nicest road map in the nation. The Wyoming Highway Department introduced many firsts to its map over time making it popular not only with Wyomingites, but also with travelers and map collectors from around the nation and abroad. This presentation uses the road map as the basis to explore Wyoming’s rich transportation history as well as its cultural and tourism trends. Though the topic of a map might seem a bit boring to some, there are many fascinating and equally humorous stories attached to the map’s history making this presentation very enjoyable and fun for a wide range of audiences.
John Waggener was born and raised in Green River and currently resides in Laramie, Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he became a faculty archivist at the American Heritage Center, the archive of the University of Wyoming. His research passions focus on Wyoming maps and transportation history.
The AHC is UW’s manuscripts repository, rare books library, and official archives. It is one of the largest non-governmental historical repositories in the nation. Everything acquired and preserved is available to be used, either on-site or through their digital gateway.