This isn’t the first time we’ve spoken about the presence of the Basques in this western US state. We even dedicated an entry to Johnson County when they made the ikurriña the base of their own flag, in recognition of the contribution made by those from this country in that Wyoming county. Interestingly, the seat of Johnson County is the legendary Buffalo (check out the website of the Occidental Hotel or the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum to understand why we’re calling this town “legendary”).
And we’re bringing all this up now because the University of Wyoming has prepared a series of conferences to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Wyoming’s admission as the 44th state.
From June 10 to 13, under the title “Our Place in the West…and Beyond: Wyoming at 125”, the state university will hold a series of conferences that will examine some of the “will examine some of the important historical and cultural legacies that have defined the Equality State since Wyoming Territory officially became the 44th state admitted to the United States on July 10, 1890.”
In this review of the state’s history, the Basques occupy a place of honor: in the document listing the activities, the term “Basque” appears no fewer than 21 times. That’s a clear indication of the importance given to this community’s contributions to the State.
We’ll leave you with the article from the website Sweetwater Now, and the complete program of festivities in .pdf.
Sweetwater Now -176/2015 – USA
UW Conference Celebrates 125 Years of Wyoming Statehood
As Wyoming prepares to celebrate its 125th anniversary of statehood, a University of Wyoming conference will examine some of the important historical and cultural legacies that have defined the Equality State since Wyoming Territory officially became the 44th state admitted to the United States on July 10, 1890. “Our Place in the West … and Beyond: Wyoming at 125” will take place June 11-13 at UW’s Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. The Wyoming State Historical Society (WSHS), UW Libraries, the UW American Heritage Center, the State Historic Preservation Office and the Wyoming Humanities Council are among conference sponsors.
—————————–Our Place in the West Wyoming at 125