Historic places are the old buildings that remind us of times now past. Historic buildings are more than just mortar - they embody our shared histories and enable us to learn from the past while enriching our future.
Wyoming’s historic buildings tell a visual story of the state’s history – its people, institutions, businesses and industry. Preserving our legacy of historic buildings creates more livable and interesting cities and towns, connects generations, and encourages heritage tourism. It’s also more sustainable than tearing down and building new! AHW can help with your individual or community historic preservation project with advice, technical assistance, contacts and possibly even a grant. You can start with the Preservation Toolkit – a list of steps you can take to preserve your historic building. Follow the links below to read about favorite places of people from all around the state. Learn about some unique Wyoming historic places by clicking on the red bubbles in the map below.
Explore our interactive map of historic places below. Click on an icon and follow the link to read a story about each unique place.
Research and resource tools are key to our endeavors to preserve, conserve, and protect historic buildings and landscapes in Wyoming. We encourage you to explore the resources below, and to roll up your sleeves for the important work involved in historic preservation. From teaching school kids about the concepts of preservation to launching a preservation project, we can help you make a difference.
More than Mortar campaign
Preserve your historic building
Your historic building could be eligible for a Historic Architecture Assistance Fund grant!
For many people, the confusing array of federal and state laws – not to mention all of the accompanying acronyms – represent a huge hurdle to their involvement in the public processes designed to seek their input about potential project. Having been founded by citizen advocates, AHW is here to help answer your questions about these intimidating processes and give you tips about how best to craft effective comments that will sway decision-makers.
One of the most valuable tools we have found for understanding the complicated processes by which public land is managed is the BLM Action Center Resource Library managed by the Wilderness Society. This valuable tool provides a primer on citizen action, including a Glossary of Terms, a ﬂow chart of the BLM Planning Process along with a number of extremely helpful pamphlets on a variety of topics.
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation also offers a number of very valuable publications on the Section 106 process of the National Historic Preservation Act. They offer publications designed to help citizens understand this important process as well as a complete “Applicant Toolkit,” designed to provide information and guidance on the Section 106 process to those who are the recipients of, or are applying for federal licenses, permits, assistance, or approvals who may be required to assist in complying with the initial steps of the Section 106 process.
Check out the list below for more resources:
Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
National Register of Historic Places
Federal Historic Preservation Laws
What We've Achieved
- Launched More Than Mortar: Wyoming’s Historic School Buildings to honor the legacy of Wyoming’s historic schools and encourage their preservation and continued use. Worked with the School Facilities Commission; provided targeted assistance to about a dozen threatened historic schools in the state; collected case studies of successful school preservation and re-purposing; and developed a toolkit to help community members preserve their school buildings.
- Campaigned to ensure that Natrona County High School in Casper was retained as a high school, and that the historic building be preserved as part of future renovation and expansion. Coordinated mass display of support for Natrona County High with a “This Place Matters” photo event.
- Successfully campaigned to halt demolition of the Wyoming School for the Deaf, a 1960s-era school building in Casper with significance in education of the state’s hearing-impaired students, as well as mid-century modern architecture.
- Created and distributed 100 More than Mortar Teacher’s Resource Kits, funded by a grant from the Flying V Fund through the Wyoming Community Foundation. Designed especially for Wyoming elementary school teachers, this kit provides lesson plans, interactive exercises and resource materials for teaching students about architecture, historic preservation and sustainability while giving them an opportunity to practice reading, writing and math skills.
- With funding from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, awarded $77,840 in architectural services to 20 local preservation projects in cities, towns and rural areas through the Historic Architecture Assistance Program.
- Through the Unbarred program, introduced the public to six rarely visited historic sites statewide, with expert tours and discussions of current preservation issues.
- Held two hands-on building conservation workshops for owners of historic buildings.
- Partnered with the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office to present annual Preserve Wyoming conferences in different locations around the state.
- Promoted historic preservation projects from throughout Wyoming, through AHW’s website, Facebook page, email news and printed newsletter.