Vote on 'Wyoming’s Most Significant Artifacts' — four are from around here!

(Wyoming) — It is like the American Idol of Wyoming artifacts ... or something as cool, but for history buffs. Last year, the Wyoming State Historical Society , in partnership with the University of Wyoming Libraries , and in celebration of 125 years of Wyoming statehood, launched the Wyoming’s Most Significant Artifacts program. Its purpose, they say, is to provide recognition to the cultural institutions throughout Wyoming that preserve and provide access to collections that "enhance our enjoyment and understanding of Wyoming’s heritage and provide ongoing learning and research opportunities." Well, this year, four of the 25 nominated artifacts hail from this region. See the full list of nominations—and learn an incredible fact or two about our great state—here , or participate in the public vote here . *Rare 1848 volume by Pierre-Jean De Smet* [image: Inline image 1] *"Missions de L’ Oregon, et Voyages Dan Les Montagnes Rocheuses en 1845- 1846" printed in French and published in Paris, France. The book contains 408 pages and 14 illustrated plates, including the title page. h/t University of Wyoming Libraries / Pitchengine Communities* *Model 1917 U.S. Army steel helmet* [image: Inline image 2] *This object is a Model 1917, U.S. Army, steel helmet. The helmet retains its original oil cloth and net liner and leather chinstrap. The helmet is decorated with oil paint by artist George N. Ostrom of Sheridan, Wyoming. The artistic theme is abstract World War One camouflage in greens and tans with the distinctive emblems of the U.S. Army Third Army insignia on the right side of the helmet and the classic World War One Bucking Horse and Rider insignia of the 148th Field Artillery, created by George Ostrom, painted on the left side. h/t University of Wyoming Libraries / Pitchengine Communities* *Painted Buffalo Hide War Shirt housed at The Brinton* [image: Inline image 3] *Attributed to Two Leggings (ca. 1847-1923), Chief of the River Crows, this painted buffalo hide war shirt dates from c. 1870. The shirt is blackened all over, indicating that Two Leggings was the first man to capture a gun and strike coup in battle. The fringe is painted the sacred red and a flintlock rifle is painted on the rear of the right sleeve, symbolizing the captured weapon. A sacred Thunderbird is painted on the back representing Two Leggings’ supernatural guardian. The single braided hair lock, tied at the front of the right sleeve, may be from an enemy scalp. (Housed at The Brinton) h/t University of Wyoming Libraries / Pitchengine Communities* *Flattened Brass Civil-War era Bugle found Fetterman Fight battlefield* [image: Inline image 4] *Metzger's Bugle. A flattened brass bugle from the Civil War era found on the Fetterman Fight battlefield in the 1880s. Believed to have belonged to the bugler, Adolph Metzger who perished during the battle. h/t University of Wyoming Libraries / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news