Fellow UPHS members – With the new year it looks like we are going to have a face to face convention. The 2022 Cheyenne Convention registration is indicating the event will be well attended. A lot of us are looking forward to seeing our friends in person for the first time in two years. Registration forms are available on UPHS website. Included in this issue is a ballot for board member election. Please take the time to carefully read each candidate’s bio and then complete and return your ballot. I am happy to inform you that the society is sound as we have weathered the last two years in good shape. I am looking forward to seeing you in Cheyenne.
I am pleased to announce that the UPHS endowment fund is nearing 50K. On behalf of the Union Pacific Historical Society (UPHS) I want to express my thanks to those of you that have generously given to the endowment fund.
The targeted purpose of the UPHS Endowment Fund is to permanently fund archival preservation and management activities of the current and future additions to the UPHS Archive Collection now at American Heritage Center, as well as support other railroad-related transportation collections at AHC. From its founding, the American Heritage Center at Laramie has prided itself on being accessible to everyone – from the elementary school students learning about primary resources, to the college students researching their thesis, to the professional historians performing primary research for writing up their findings, to a broad cross-section of the public following their passions. The UPHS Archive Collection inside AHC in late 2020 measures more than 300 cubic feet of our physical collection and includes over 100 gigabytes of preserved digital materials. The primary eventual goal is to establish consistent funding for a full-time employee inside the American Heritage Center to manage the UPHS Archive Collection along with other railroad collections held at AHC. Details of the very specific permissible uses of the UPHS Endowment Fund are available on the UPHS.org website.
The strength of the Union Pacific Historical Society has always been the strong involvement and support of its membership. On behalf of the UPHS Board of Directors, as President, I am again asking for your continuing support by contributing toward the growth of the UPHS Endowment Fund.
Please send your donation for the UPHS Endowment Fund to:
University of Wyoming Foundation
Attn: UPHS Endowment Fund
222 S. 22nd St.
Laramie, WY 82070
Bank routing number and wire transfer information is available should you need it. Contact 307 766-6300 or 888 831-7795 for this information. There is a downloadable document on the UPHS.org website with this information as well. Make checks out to “University of Wyoming Foundation” with “UPHS Endowment Fund” in memo line.
Greg Gardner, President – Union Pacific Historical Society