Wyoming Arts Council

Sweetwater Valley doc airs on wyoptv

Some of you heard Tom Rea speak about his new book, “Devil’s Gate: Owning the Land, Owning the Story,” at the Wyoming Book Festival in September. The Casper writer also led a series of lectures and panel discussion about the Mormon Trail and Sweetwater Valley during the Equality State Book Festival in Casper in October 2006. Some of those speakers are in a new documentary set to air on Wyoming Public Television. Here’s some info from Tom:

You might be interested in catching or taping Wyoming Public TV’s new 30-minute documentary on the past of the Sweetwater Valley on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m.

The film features history, geography, politics, emigrants, Mormons (past and present), Tom Sun, Cattle Kate, etc. There is commentery from people like Gary Long of the BLM, Chad Orton of the LDS church history office, trails historian Lyndia Carter, and interested parties like Dennis Sun, Ben Kern, and more, including a lot from me, Tom Rea.

And remember you can always find interesting reading on Wyoming’s past at http://www.tomrea.net/Vignettes.html. Ten episodes I wrote for the American History Cowboy Coalition are posted now; look for eight more soon.

If you live in Wyoming and don’t get Wyoming Public TV on your cable or satellite, that’s a drag. The TV station hopes to have its original programs available for streaming in 2008 via http://www.wyoptv.org/.

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