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American Heritage Center, Rare Finds in Laramie

The Toppan Library at the American Heritage Center (AHC) at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie is home to a variety of rare literature, including illuminated manuscripts, early exploration writings, and books autographed by many famous writers. If a visit is not possible, you can request to consult an archivist there via Zoom. Meet AHC here: http://www.uwyo.edu/ahc/#.

AHC also holds collections of manuscripts, papers, correspondence, photographs, etc., of several popular writers for middle grade students, such as Jack Schaefer (author of Shane) and Mary O’Hara (author of My Friend Flicka).

These collections are available for academic researchers to view. If you don’t have any academic researchers traveling with you, then, at minimum, read the classic books Shane or My Friend Flicka (both also available as feature films) and head to your next stop on the Wyoming trail.

Read about Jack Schaefer (1901-1991), who was originally from Ohio, here: https://www.orrt.org/schaefer/index.asp.

Read about Mary O’Hara (1885-1980), who was raised in New York, here: https://www.literaryladiesguide.com/author-biography/mary-o-hara.


According to AHC’s website, “Parking in the Centennial Complex lot is free but patrons must register (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) at the AHC Front Desk to avoid receiving possible parking tickets. Special parking regulations are in effect during game days, please call in advance for further information.”

The American Heritage Center is the first stop on our Wyoming Author Adventures Trail.

Patricia Smart