UW Grad Student to present Butch Cassidy program at WTP

 

Butch Cassidy - former inmate at Wyoming Territorial Prison

Mac Blewer, a University of Wyoming graduate student, will discuss his thesis research on how Butch Cassidy is remembered in literature and archival documents, during a free public presentation at 6 p.m., June 28 in the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site Dining Hall.

Blewer has traveled along much of the fabled Outlaw Trail paying particular attention to the history of Cassidy. His discussion will focus on how the outlaw is remembered on the landscape of the American West.

“Butch Cassidy was our most famous inmate, and to this day remains an iconic figure in Wyoming and the West,” Wyoming Territorial Prison Curator Misty Stoll said. “He continues to be a huge draw to the Prison and to our state.”

This is the first lecture of the 2011 May Preston Slosson Lecture Series at the Wyoming Territorial Prison. This program brings to life the historic lectures of Dr. May Preston Slosson, American’s first female prison chaplain, who was appointed to her post at the Wyoming Territorial Prison in 1899.

Her lecture topics included religion, chemistry, poetry and classical literature. These programs were presented in the Prison Dining Hall for the enjoyment and education of the inmates and community members.

The Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site is located in Laramie at 975 Snowy Range Road, and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Misty Stoll at 307-745-3733 or via email at misty.stoll@wyo.gov.

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