Brigida R. Blasi is public historian and museum professional. She lives in Laramie, Wyoming and currently works as the Public History Educator at the University of Wyoming’s American Heritage Center. She received her B.A. from the University of Wyoming in humanities and fine arts, then went on to earn an M.A. in history with an emphasis in public history from New Mexico State University. Since returning to her home state of Wyoming, her research has focused on family history and the multicultural im/migrant populations of southern Wyoming in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
In the following article Wyoming historian Brigida R. Blasi explores the history of now nearly forgotten Dana, a small predominately black coal mining town about 150 miles west of Cheyenne. Here is her account. The town of Dana has largely been forgotten in the history … Read MoreDana, Wyoming, A Black Town in the Coal Mining West