A courageous woman and the search for a new Executive Director
This month, we feature a fearless mayor and a job announcement for the Executive Director of the Wyoming Historical Society
Wyoming Historical Society Seeks New Executive Director
The Wyoming Historical Society (established in 1953) is seeking an Executive Director to work directly with the Executive Committee, the Wyoming Historical Foundation, members and chapters across Wyoming and beyond. The ideal candidate is one who can use professional experience, administrative skills, creativity and relationship-building skills to implement the goals and objectives of the Society. Serves as first point of contact for members, chapters, institutions and the public. The position is currently based in Wheatland, Wyo., but could be located anywhere in the state. For the full job description, including salary information and benefits, click here and see a link to the position announcement under “What’s New.” Applicants will need to send a cover letter, resume and three references to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than June 1.
Running haters out of town
Fearless, determined Lizabeth Wiley served three terms in the 1920s as Greybull mayor. During her first, she opposed the Ku Klux Klan so successfully that by the term’s second half, she wrote, her job had become “tame.” Later, she weathered a bootlegging scandal and led relief efforts after a devastating flood. Read more in Kylie Louise McCormick’s article, “’It Can Be Done:’ Mayor Lizabeth Wiley and the KKK.”
Upcoming Events around Wyoming
For May calendar events, visit the Wyoming Historical Society’s new website. If you know of upcoming history-related events in Wyoming, send a note to email@example.com.
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