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Grants available for budding Wyoming historians

Dec 30, 2013 - From staff reports

The state historical society is offering cash to individuals pursuing research on the state's history.

The Wyoming State Historical Society is again offering cash grants to individuals involved in research activities based on various aspects of the state's history.

The grants, ranging from $100 to $1,500 are awarded based on applications submitted to the Society's Lola Homsher Endowment Fund Committee. The deadline is Feb. 28, with applicants notified of the results in the spring.

Committee chairwoman Tam-sen Hert 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," Hert said. "The Society is pleased to be able to assist researchers advance their efforts with these funds."

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

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 also are 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.

All recipients must provide the society with a final report about their projects.

For more information, visit www.wyshs.org and select "Homsher Endowment" or contact the Wyoming State Historical Society at 322-3014 or linda@wyshs.org to receive a copy of the application.

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