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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 and an application form 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

WSHS Lola Homsher Research Grants:

Need financial assistance to help finalize your history project?  The Wyoming State Historical Society 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, 2018 with applicants notified of the results in the spring.  All applications must be submitted electronically.

Committee chair Leslie Waggener said this is an exciting opportunity for amateur and professional historians and could be the financial impetus to further research on a wide range of subjects.  “Each year we receive applications from individuals involved in writing books, conducting oral histories or even restoration projects.  The Society is pleased to be able to assist researchers advance their efforts with these funds,” said Waggener.

Grant monies are drawn from a fund established by the late Lola Homsher, a noted historian and state archivist.   Waggener said 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.

The committee reviews all proposals and makes awards after the selection process has been completed, usually in spring.  Preference is given to proposals that promise original research on topics related to Wyoming history.  Wyoming residents are also given preference, but all applications are welcome. Proposals must include a statement of purpose, an explanation of the project, the value to Wyoming history and a description of how the public will benefit from the research.

Waggener said it is rewarding to see the variety of research topics being explored around the state.  Last year’s recipients used funds to enhance their research on topics ranging community halls, to Cheyenne’s African American Community, and the 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry on the Overland Trails.    Waggener reiterated that the Society welcomes applications that touch upon all aspects of Wyoming’s history.  All recipients must provide the Society with a final report about their projects.

Applications and rules can be obtained by visiting the Society’s website at www.wyshs.org, and then by selecting “Homsher Endowment.”  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, 2018.