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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 07/08/09
Contacts: Amy Rubino,    
  (307) 775-6267    

Public Invited to Attend Program: Rails and Shutters - The Train-Camera Link that transformed the American West

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Wyoming Humanities Council are sponsoring a program on July 14 to celebrate American Heritage Month.

Chavawn Kelley discusses the role of photography and the railroad on westward expansion. The public is invited to attend this free event which begins at 8 a.m. at the BLM building, 5353 Yellowstone, Cheyenne, in the first floor conference room.

From the 1860s into the 20th century, two technologies went to work on the culture and landscape of the American West. The transcontinental railroad provided an engine for “the annihilation of time and space” as it sped across the continent, while photography allowed time to stop entirely. This presentation explores the role of early photographers such as A.J. Russell, William Henry Jackson, and F.J. Haynes in the development of Wyoming and the West. The 45-minute photo lecture will be supplemented by extra time for discussion.

Kelley holds a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Wyoming. A published author, she is the recipient of two writing awards from the Wyoming Arts Council.

Kelley’s presentation is offered by the Wyoming Council for the Humanities through its 2009 Humanities Forum. Council programs explore the human experience—our lives, our communities, our world—in partnership with nonprofit organizations throughout Wyoming. Emphasis is placed on fostering forums for discussion among Wyoming residents.

For more information, call Donna Shaffer at (307) 775-6009.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Wyoming State Office   5353 Yellowstone      Cheyenne, WY 82009   

Last updated: 07-13-2009