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Library to host screening and discussion of documentary “Blizzard of ‘49”

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Sheridan Fulmer Library will host a screening and panel discussion of the Wyoming PBS documentary “Blizzard of ‘49” on Jan. 26 in the Inner Circle at 2 p.m., and again at 6 p.m. [image: Inline image 4] The one-hour documentary film tells the story of "Storm of the Century: The Blizzard of '49," the worst series of storms in Wyoming's history. Sunday, Jan. 2, 1949 dawned under partly cloudy skies, but by that evening a full raging blizzard was upon the eastern portion of Wyoming. It didn’t let up for three days. [image: Inline image 1] *h/t Wyoming PBS/Sheridan County Fulmer Library / Pitchengine Communities* But that was just the beginning. Additional violent snow storms swept through the state for the next 45 days. Throughout this series of storms, wind speeds fluctuated between 30 and 80 miles per hour. The snow drifted 20 to 30 feet high in places. The average temperature was consistently below zero. [image: Inline image 2] *h/t Wyoming PBS/Sheridan County Fulmer Library / Pitchengine Communities* But for all the tragedy and loss, suffering and death, there was also hope and heroism, unselfish sacrifice and generosity. Wyoming citizens from all walks of life cooperated together and demonstrated exceptional ingenuity in the face of dire circumstances. There were extraordinary acts of kindness, with people generously giving their timeand resources. Both the afternoon and evening sessions on the 26th will begin with a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion with Tom Manning of Bozeman, Mont., who wrote and produced the film, Phil Roberts, a University of Wyoming historian who assisted in research for the project and Wyoming PBS General Manager Terry Dugas. During this discussion, we encourage anyone who has first or secondhand accounts of the blizzard to share their stories. [image: Inline image 3] *Feature photo and above h/t Wyoming PBS/Sheridan County Fulmer Library /