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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 07/23/09
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207    

Public Invited to Attend Program Exploring the Train, Camera in the West

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office invites the public to a free program which explores the role of photography and the railroad in westward expansion.

"Rails and Shutters: The Partnership of the Train and the Camera in Transforming the American West" will begin at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, August 6, at the Worland Field Office. The 45-minute photo lecture is presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council and sponsored by the BLM.

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.

Presenter Chavawn Kelley holds a Master’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Wyoming. A published author, she is the Corporate Communications Manager for the Western Research Institute in Laramie.

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.

The Worland Field Office is located at the east end of Bighorn Ave., at 101 South 23rd St. For more information, please contact Sarah Beckwith, BLM public affairs specialist, at 307-347-5207. For more information about the Wyoming Humanities Council, visit their website at

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.

Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401-0119  

Last updated: 07-23-2009