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67th Annual Trek of the WSHS scheduled for June 12-14, 2020
has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Registration fees are being returned. Email for details.


Lola Homsher Research Grant

Lola Homsher Research Grant

The Lola Homsher Grant is made possible through the Lola Homsher Endowment Fund. Click here for Lola Homsher rules or download a final report. 

Information is also available by writing:

Wyoming State Historical Society
Lola Homsher Research Grant Program
P.O. Box 247
Wheatland, WY 82201

Need financial assistance to help finalize your history project? The Wyoming State Historical Society, a non-profit membership driven educational organization, offers cash grants to people involved in research activities based on various aspects of the state’s history. The grants, ranging from $100.00 up to $1500.00 are awarded based on applications submitted to the Society’s Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Committee. The deadline is February 28, 2021 with applicants notified of the results in the spring. 

Committee chair Leslie Waggener says that work done by amateur and professional historians through these grants supports the Society’s mission to make Wyoming’s past accessible to present and future generations. Waggener said, “Providing funds for researcher travel and for research-related costs such as scanning can make all the difference in completing a project. Creating opportunities for original research is a mainstay of the Homsher Grant program.” 

Grant monies are drawn from a fund established by the late Lola Homsher, a noted historian and state archivist. One of Homsher’ s most significant contributions to preserve Wyoming history came when she spearheaded establishing the Wyoming State Historical Society in 1953. After her retirement Miss Homsher made a major donation to the Society that has been used as an endowment to help fund Society programs.

Acceptable uses of grant funds include travel expenses (mileage, airfare, lodging, meals); research related fees (scanning and copy fees, flash drives); and postage. Funds do not support the purchase of equipment and/or software, construction of exhibits, hiring a contractor, or publication costs. Proposals with such requests will be disqualified.

Waggener says it is always exciting to see the creative avenues being explored in Wyoming history. This year’s recipients used funds to enhance their research on topics ranging from biographies of Wyoming luminaries, including Arapaho Episcopal priest Sherman Coolidge, to a study of World War II-era murals created by Italian prisoners of war at Camp Douglas in Douglas, Wyoming. 

All recipients must provide the Society with two interim reports and a final report about their projects.

If you do not have access to the web, please contact the Wyoming State Historical Society at 307-322-3014 or linda@wyshs.org to receive a copy of the application. Electronic proposals are due February 28, 2021.