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Local historian William “Bill” Dubois was unanimously approved as the City of Cheyenne’s official historian laureate in conjunction with community activities during the City’s 150th Anniversary which is taking place this year.
The Cheyenne Governing Body bestowed the honor on Dubois during Monday’s City Council meeting.
Dubois taught American and Frontier history in Cheyenne schools for 37 years. He earned a baccalaureate degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in history from the University of Wyoming. Some of his volunteer work includes being on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Historic Preservation, the foundation of Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, the Historic Governors’ Mansion, the Cheyenne Concert Association and the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.
He is the great-grandson of Col. E.A. Slack, publisher of Wyoming’s Daily Sun-Leader, the predecessor to today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle, and was the founding chairman of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum and has been actively involved in Laramie County and Wyoming historical societies.
General Grenville Dodge arrived in what is now Cheyenne on July 4, 1867 with a charge from the Union Pacific Railroad to develop a city as a stop on the railroad’s westward expansion. He made his stop near what is David R. Romero Park.
Cheyenne’s sesquicentennial celebration will take place the week of August 6-12 in various locations around Cheyenne. For more information on the celebration, visit www.cheyenne150.org.