Sheepwagon-Home on the Range was topic of Archaelogical Society gathering

(Hudson, Wyo.) – Nancy Weidel, historian at the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) since 1992, presented a photographic journey on sheepwagons at the Hudson Town Hall this past Tuesday, May 20. The event was the monthly meeting of the Fremont County Archaelogical Society.

The images presented at the meeting came from Weidel’s latest book, Sheepwagon: Home on the Range, which has received acclaim in historical circles. Hal Cannon, Founding Director, Western Folklife Center writes “Author Nancy Weidel understands both the history and the mystique of the sheepwagon.  In this book, like no other available, we learn not only the background of the sheepwagon, but also of sheep, sheepmen and women, and herders.  Over 100 photographs enrich the text, many never before published.   I spent my wedding night in one, restored a couple, pulled one in a ’50 Chevy over the Sawtooth Mountains.  It’s about time there was a book on sheepherder wagons.  After all, they are the premiere rolling vernacular architecture of the West.  It’s a fascinating history.”

Weidel announced that the book, published by High Plains Press of Glendo, is in its third printing. She fielded questions and comments from the audience during the meeting and discussed wool laws that affected the sheep industry. 

Weidel manages the Centennial Farm & Ranch Program for SHPO.  She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Delaware.

Weidel also published a book in  2009: Images of Cheyenne  1867 – 1917.

The Fremont County Archaelogical Society sponsored Weidel’s free public education program and members are looking forward to her next book, Wyoming’s Historic Ranches,  which will be available in October this year.    Weidel has agreed to return to the Hudson Town Hall March 17, 2015 for another free public program for students of all ages. Mark you calendars!

–Leniegh Schrinar, Vice President
Fremont County Archaeological Society, a chapter of the Wyoming Archaeological Society, Inc. a not for profit educational organization