Leslie Waggener, chair of the Society’s Homsher Grant committee said thirteen applications for Homsher Grant Funds were received this year.  “The committee was impressed with the strong proposals that covered a broad range of topics.”  Leslie noted that while the decision was difficult, four applications stood out and were funded for a total of $5,385.00, along with a one-year complimentary membership in the Society.

The 2018 recipients are:

  • Kathryn McKee, West Yellowstone, MT received $1,235 for her project titled “A Woman’s Place in the Mythology of the American West.” 
  • Andrea Powers, Three Forks, MT received $1,150 for her project titled “The Empire Ranch: Western Heritage and Community.” 
  • Kaitlin Sundberg, Omaha, NE received $1,500 for her project titled “Tourism and Indigenous Performance at Cheyenne Frontier Days, 1897-1960.” 
  • Sarah Keyes, Reno, NV received $1,500 for her project titled “Death’s Purchase: The Overland Trail and the Making of Transcontinental America.” 

Besides Leslie, the Homsher Committee includes Patty Kessler, Laramie; Kem Nicolaysen, Casper and Lisa Thalken, Douglas. 

Applications for research funds are due the end of each February. For more details contact Leslie at lwaggen2@uwyo.edu.