Atlantic City book wins award from Wyoming State Historical Society

    The Atlantic City Historical Society (ACHS) has won first place in the non-fiction publications category from the Wyoming State Historical Society for the book, Atlantic City, Wyoming 1886-2018: Voices from a Powerful Place. Bob Townsend, the book’s editor, and Roger Carpenter, the book’s designer, attended the state historical society’s banquet to receive the award on behalf of other ACHS members who helped create the book last year.  

    University of Wyoming History Professor Phil Roberts said in his review, “Community historians have produced an extraordinary book. Not only is it the first comprehensive history ever done of Atlantic City, it is truly a publishing work of art.” It was nominated by the Fremont County Historical Society.

    The Wyoming State Historical Society (WSHS) makes awards in various categories for outstanding work in preserving and interpreting Wyoming history. Second place in the non-fiction publications category went to Wyoming Airmail Pioneers by Starley Talbot and Michael Kassel, Cheyenne. Honorable mention went to Snow Chi Minh Trail: The History of I-80 between Laramie and Walcott Junction by John Waggener, Laramie.


    The other award winners for 2018 are:

    • Publications, Reference: 1st Place, Pleasant Valley Cemetery aka Little Iowa Cemetery 1917-2017 by Lorna Wheeler, Natural Bridge, Virginia.
    • Publications, Self-Published: 1st Place, West to Wyoming: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Stephen Wheeler Downey by Kim Viner, Laramie.
    • Publications, Newsletters: 1st Place, The Log (Sheridan County Historical Society) by Molly Dow, Sheridan. Honorable mention, Rockpile RoundUp (Rockpile Museum Association), Gillette.
    • Publications, Magazine Articles: 1st Place, All American Indian Days and the Miss Indian American Pageant by Greg Nickerson, Laramie; Honorable Mention: Carrie Burton Overton, Annals of Wyoming, 8/17 by Kim Viner, Laramie.
    • Publications, Newspapers: 1st Place, Life in Death: Pleasant Valley Cemetery by Kathy Brown, Gillette.
    • Publications, Calendars: 1st Place, 2018 Calendar of Star Valley History by Judy Erickson, Afton.
    • Publications, Pamphlets: 1st Place, Hotel LaBonte by Adeline Schultheis, Douglas.
    • Internet Website: 1st Place, Albany County Historical Society, website by Cameron Green, Laramie.
    • Tours: 1st Place, Annual Cemetery Tour, Douglas Historical Preservation Commission.
    • Annual Service Award: 1st Place, Lisa Thalken, Douglas.
    • Activities Award: Several organizations received 1st place awards in this category: Marjorie Sanborn and Hazel Mudget for Preservation of Jay Em, Wyoming; Bri Brasher and Leonard Cash for History on Main Street, Newcastle; Friends of Fort Fetterman for annual 4th of July Celebration, Douglas; and Ray Jacquot for First Ascent of the Grand Teton, Laramie.
    • Fine Arts: 1st Place, Wyoming Sheep Wagon by Shaunda Parrish, Douglas.
    • Henryetta Berry Award: 1st Place, Jennifer Romanoski, Buffalo
    • Mabel Brown Cumulative Contribution Award:  1st Place, Patty Myers, Buffalo.
    • L.C. Bishop Award, 1st Place, Geri and George Zeimans for Western Plains Historic Preservation Assn., Lingle.
    • Judge and Mrs. Percy Metz Award: 1st Place, Alice Tratebas, Old Mill Inn Photographic Database, Newcastle.
    • Maurine Carley Memorial Historic Preservation Award: 1st Place, Sherri Mullinnix for Camp Douglas: POW Camp.
    • Outstanding Historic Preservation Award: 1st Place, Scott and Jacey Bauman, College Inn Bar, Douglas.
    • Young Historians Grades 3-5: 1st Place, Collin McConkey for “Native American Life,” Newcastle. 2nd Place, Madison Hespe for “The Medicine Wheel,” Newcastle. 3rd Place, Spencer Lorenz for “Native American Villages,” Newcastle.
    • Young Historians Grades 9-12:  1st Place, Paige Martinez for “…the American Bison,” Cody. 2nd Place, Aby Bock for “Wyoming Art History, Newcastle. 3rd Place, Shaye Walker for “Boom and Bust,” Newcastle.
    • Junior Activities Grades 3-5: 1st Place, Janet Ruleaux, educator, for classroom activity “Big Horn Museum,” Sheridan. 2nd Place, Drew Conzelman for “the Big Hunt,” Newcastle. 3rd Place, Jace Rich for “Wyoming Indian History,” Newcastle.

    WSHS began in 1953, and it is open to any individual interested in history of Wyoming and the West. For more information, see The organization publishes the online history encyclopedia Jane Gebhart, chair of the society’s Awards Committee, said interest in the history of Wyoming continues to increase each year.  “With changing times, we have expanded the awards program to recognize blogs, Facebook pages, and other electronic forms of celebrating history, in addition to the traditional awards for publications, fine arts, preservation, renovation and youth activities.” She added, “The society’s awards program opens many opportunities to recognize the efforts of others in promoting Wyoming’s rich legacy.”  


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