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Worland Field Office
Release Date: 03/14/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Public Invited to Attend Program Exploring Wyoming's Rodeo Women

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office invites the public to a free program on March 24 to celebrate Women’s History Month.

"Wyoming Rodeo Gals" will begin at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, March 24, at the Worland Field Office. The 45-minute program is presented by the Wyoming Humanities Council and sponsored by the BLM. Attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch.

Presenter Melanie O'Hara 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 essentially became Wyoming’s first woman athlete.

O’Hara lectures frequently on Wyoming women and Wyoming architecture. Her master's degree in English and Women's Studies was awarded by the University of Wyoming.

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.

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  

Last updated: 03-15-2011