The Wyoming Historical Society announces recipients of its 2011 Lola Homsher research grants.  The committee selected eight applicants who will receive a total of $12,000 for their individual research projects.  The 2011 Homsher recipients are:

  • Ellen Sue Blakey of Thermopolis received $1,000 for her project titled “Forgotten Stories: Outlaws and Bootleggers of the Wind Rivers and Absarokas.”
  • Mike Mackey of Sheridan received $1200 for his project that will result in a book titled “Henry Coffeen: A Political Life.”
  • John W. Shields of Cheyenne received $500 for his project that will describe the genesis of the foundation elements of Wyoming’s water law as developed by Elwood Mead.
  • Robert Legoski of Sheridan received $1700 for a book project titled “Absaroka Park Revisited.”
  • Sue Castaneda of Cheyenne, and the Wyoming State Archives received $2,000 that will assist in producing a coffee table style book about the historic Hitching Post Inn.
  • The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum received $2500 to assist in producing an hour-long documentary titled “The Coach: An American Crossroads.:
  • Laura Lee Scheiber of Bloomington, Indiana received $1100 that will assist her in completing research for a project titled “Conceiving the Wilderness.”
  • Kristin Raeesi and the Northern Arapaho Tribe received $2,000 that will result in research and oral histories of past Native Americans who served in the Armed Forces during WWII and the Korean War.