Historic Schools of Wyoming

Historic Schools of Wyoming
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Historic Schools of Wyoming explores the development of the public educational system in Wyoming from the Pre-Territorial Period to the Post World War II Period (1850-1960), and the development of Wyoming's private, parochial, state and federal schools during the same period. From modest, one-room schoolhouses such as the Clearmont School in Sheridan County to Collegiate Gothic landmarks such as Casper's Natrona County High School, Wyoming’s twenty-three counties display an array of historically and architecturally significant school buildings that represent the evolution of educational methods and systems, as well as the development of communities in the state.


Middle Piney School (c. 1892), Sublette Co.
Middle Piney School (c. 1892), Sublette Co.
Courtesy: Deveraux, Jerome E.
A Survey of the Rural Schools in Sublette County,
1938
Despite their iconic status on the Wyoming landscape, historic schools have not fared well. While over a thousand of these buildings existed at one time, current estimates place the number of extant school buildings more than fifty years old at less than three hundred. Today, many of the surviving school buildings are imperiled by an array of contemporary threats. The Wyoming State Legislature provided funding in 2008 to develop The Historical Context Study of Schools in Wyoming PDF Document and its attendant National Register Multiple Property Documentation Form [MPDF], completed in 2010 by Fraser Design and Humstone Consulting with Rheba Massey, Research Historian. The content of this website is based on this historical context and includes an overview of education, a timeline, discussion of school architectural styles, historical photographs and databases, and information on the preservation of historic schools.
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