Category Archives: motion picture history

From Spurs to Screen: Wyoming Boy Makes It Big In Hollywood

Sometimes those “film cowboys” featured in Westerns in the 1920s-1950s were actually real cowboys. One such authentic cowboy-turned-Hollywood star is Wally Wales (also known as Hal Taliaferro). Wally Wales was born Floyd Taliaferro Alderson in 1895 in Sheridan, Wyoming.  His … Continue reading

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Hopalong Cassidy: Cowboy Hero and Franchise Empire

One the most popular collections at the American Heritage Center is the papers of William Boyd, who played cowboy Hopalong Cassidy for many years on radio, television, and film. Hopalong Cassidy was originally created by author Clarence E. Mulford in … Continue reading

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Sky High in Wyoming

In a press release written to accompany the release of her film, Sky High in Wyoming, the documentary filmmaker Mildred Capron (whose papers reside at the American Heritage Center) states: An easterner by birth and background, 14 years in China … Continue reading

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Al Christie Papers Document Silent Film

The Cannes Film Festival winner and Oscar contender The Artist is a black and white silent film. The film was released in 2011, but draws inspiration from the original era of silent films (1894-1929).  The American Heritage Center holds significant … Continue reading

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From the Director: On Science Fiction

Each fall the University of Wyoming Art Museum generously provides one of its exhibit galleries to the American Heritage Center for a display focused on AHC collections and collection materials.  This fall, to more than usual local acclaim, co-curators Rick Ewig … Continue reading

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Michael Maltese Papers Document Cartoon History

Michael Maltese was born on February 6, 1908, in New York City to Italian immigrant parents, Paul and Concetta. He was married to Florence Sass in 1936 and had a daughter, Brenda, in 1938.  He started his career in the … Continue reading

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Terror in the Theater: Fifties Fears

The great number and popularity of science fiction movies in the 1950s has led some to call the decade the “Golden Age of Science Fiction Films.”  The fantasy and adventure embodied in the science fiction movies of the time often … Continue reading

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