Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Craig Thomas and Mike Enzi and U.S. Representative Barbara Cubin today announced a partnership with State Librarian Lesley Boughton to represent Wyoming in the national "Local Legacies" program of the Library of Congress Bicentennial celebration with a "Cheyenne Frontier Days" project.
The "Local Legacies" initiative seeks to chronicle aspects of our nation's diverse cultural heritage from all 50 states and assemble a selection of documentary material at the Library of Congress to share with all Americans.
The "Local Legacies" will be celebrated during a special event at the Library of Congress in Washington in May 2000, to which all participants will be invited. Later, selected Local Legacy materials will be added to the Library's collections and made available on the World Wide Web.
"Using Cheyenne Frontier Days as a Local Legacy project represents the biggest and the best of the rodeos and a great example of Wyoming hospitality, volunteerism and civic participation," the delegation said.
"The 'Cheyenne Frontier Days' Local Legacy project will be a multi-media exhibit consisting of audio, video, photos, and written materials conveying the spirit of Frontier Days," Boughton said.
Long before the word "rodeo" was invented, the first Cheyenne Frontier Days was held in 1897. Since its inception, Frontier Days has evolved and become America's premier western celebration and the world's largest outdoor rodeo.
Boughton is the project leader working with liaisons in each Congressional office. Other project partners include Cheyenne Frontier Days, Old West Museum, American Heritage Center and Wyoming Department of Parks and Cultural Resources.
The Local Legacies project is designed to document and pay tribute to the nation's rich cultural heritage. The Library of Congress is fostering community projects to ensure that future generations will have access to important cultural "snapshots" of American tradition, folklore and everyday life.
For more information on the Library's Bicentennial, check the Library's Bicentennial Website at www.loc.gov/bicentennial, or call the Bicentennial Program Office at (202) 707-2000 or toll-free (800) 707-7145.