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Wyoming State Office
Release Date: 03/10/11
Contacts: Cindy Wertz    

Presenter Explores Wyoming's Rodeo Women

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will present a Women's History Month program on March 15 at 1 p.m. at the BLM building, 5353 Yellowstone, Cheyenne. The public is invited.

Melanie O’Hara will explore the athleticism of early women rodeo competitors. Her talk, “Wyoming Rodeo Gals,” is presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council and sponsored by BLM.

O’Hara’s presentation investigates the unique social forces that evolved as a result of Wyoming rodeo gals, the new type of woman in the late nineteenth century who moved out west, rode a horse astride and became essentially Wyoming’s first woman athletes.

O’Hara’s presentation is offered by the Wyoming Humanities Council through its Humanities Forum. The Wyoming Humanities Council provides public humanities-based programs in partnership with local organizations and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, call Donna Shaffer, (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: 03-15-2011