Wyoming's Most Significant Artifacts
Welcome to Wyoming’s Most Significant Artifacts program. It was launched in 2015 by the Wyoming State Historical Society in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries in celebration of 125 years of Wyoming Statehood. The annual campaign provides recognition to the cultural institutions throughout Wyoming that preserve and provide access to collections that enhance our enjoyment and understanding of Wyoming’s cultural heritage and provides ongoing learning and research opportunities.
The program involves identifying some of our state’s most treasured artifacts. An artifact is defined as an artistic or historic item (or related group of items) and may include a wide variety of items such as documents, books, photographs, recordings, artwork, and 3 dimensional items. It does not include structures or buildings.
Representatives of Wyoming’s archives, historical societies, libraries and museums across the state are invited to nominate one item from their collections which they believe has significance to Wyoming’ s history. An independent panel of judges reviews the initial nominations and selects twenty-five finalists. Members of the public then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite artifact.
Nominations are being compiled and reviewed by the Judging panel.