Program gains national attention History articles nets CWC professor regional awards
Two articles written by CWC Western American Studies Program Director Todd Guenther that provide instructional material for his local and regional history courses have attracted wider attention.
Guenther's article, "The List of Good Negroes: African American Lynchings in the Equality State," has been selected for inclusion in the next edition of the Wyoming History Reader by Dr. Phil Roberts at the University of Wyoming Department of History. The article becomes required reading in History of Wyoming courses at UW and several community colleges around the state.
"I read your article in Annals and it is both an impressive work of research and, I think, significant to our understanding of race in Wyoming," Roberts told Guenther.
"The List of Good Negroes" joins an earlier article by Guenther, "Lucretia Marchbanks: A Black Woman in the Black Hills," which is already required reading in previous editions of the Wyoming History Reader. The Marchbanks piece also won the "Governor's Award, Herbert S. Schell Prize" from the South Dakota State Historical Society for the most outstanding article of the year.
Another article by Guenther about an African American homesteader community near Torrington, has earned the Nebraska State Historical Society's prestigious "James L. Sellers Memorial Award" for the best article published in Nebraska History during 2008.
The piece is titled, "The Empire Builders: An African American Odyssey in Nebraska and Wyoming."