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Wyoming Historians Starley Talbott and Michael Kassel will be giving a public talk based on their new book,  “A History Lover’s Guide to Cheyenne,” on Thursday, December 2,  at 7 p.m. in the Wyoming State Museum classroom, located at 2301 Central Avenue.

This event will also be live-streamed. The evening will begin with a presentation of the book followed by a question and answer session. 

“A History Lover’s Guide to Cheyenne” covers a time period of the mid to late 1800s, with the founding of Wyoming territory to Wyoming statehood, to the present and implements elements of storytelling through a sense of place.  The book explores topics specific to the roots of Cheyenne such as railroads, stock growers, the capitol, and airmail through location and architecture. Other topics touched on in the book are public services such as schools, libraries, hospitals, museums, government buildings to historic homes, downtown and business districts. There is also an emphasis on aviation history, the air force base, rodeo, and much more.  

This book will be the third book co-authored by Starley Talbott and Michael Kassel. Talbott is a freelance author. She has published in newspapers, magazines, and authored nine books. Kassel serves as the curator of collections and director operations at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum. Kassel is also an adjunct professor at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, and has published four books.

This event is open to the public and the first of several talks sponsored by the Wyoming State Archives, as part of a year-long speaker series featuring stories of Wyoming. Attendees may participate in-person on Thursday, December 2, at 7 p.m. by visiting the Wyoming State Museum classroom, located at 2301 Central Avenue. The State Museum Store will be open and copies of Talbott’s and Kassel’s books will be available to purchase and be autographed. This talk will also be live streamed on the Archive’s Facebook page, and uploaded to our YouTube channel following the talk.

Please look for notifications of future talks as they are scheduled throughout the upcoming year. The State Archives is located in the Barrett Building first floor, 2301 Central Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82002. For further information, contact Sara Davis, State Archivist, at 307-777-8691 or email at

The Wyoming State Archives collects, manages, and preserves Wyoming state public records that have long term administrative, legal, and historical value. These records document this history of our state and activities of Wyoming Government offices. The Archives also collects non-government records that contribute to the understanding of the state’s history.

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