Maginnis Starts Today as New Lincoln County Library System Director

Valerie Maginnis

Valerie Maginnis

Valerie Maginnis, takes the helm of the Lincoln County Library System as the new director today according to Library Board Chairman, Diane Kenney. Maginnis comes to Lincoln County with over 35 years of library experience including director positions in Boulder, Colorado, and Mission Viejo, California.   In addition, Maginnis has worked as a children’s librarian, reference librarian and county library regional manager. Maginnis is excited to be working for the Lincoln County Library System because of the strong support given to the county’s libraries by the Board of Library Trustees, County Commissioners and county residents. Maginnis states that working in public libraries has always been her passion and that as a member of the library team, she is committed to ensuring that the library continues to be relevant and essential to Lincoln County residents.

Maginnis received her library degree from the University of Arizona and she holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration. In addition she attended the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

Maginnis is looking forward to meeting library users throughout the county and will be seeking input and feedback on library services and programs that cater to the interests and needs of all county residents.  She is looking forward to collaborating with the Library Foundation, Friends groups and community organizations, with the goal of further strengthening the library’s mission and vision. Her enthusiasm for libraries can be summed up in these words, “ When you visit the library, you may not know what you’ll find, but you can be assured, whatever it is, it will be great!”

Wyoming’s Population in 1890

This map published in the Congressional Serial set Vol. 15, page 224 shows Wyoming’s population in 1890, according to the 1890 Census.

The Congressional Serial Set is available to Wyoming residents through the Proquest Congressional licensed database, one of many government information sources found in the databases. Contact your local library for information on how to access these resources.


Wyoming Newspapers Commemorates 125 Years of Statehood with Online Exhibit

Happy Birthday, Wyoming! 2015 marks the 125th Anniversary of Wyoming becoming a state. On July 10, 1890, President Benjamin Harrison signed the bill which created the new state of Wyoming, the 44th state in the United States of America.

Telegraph from Carey to Meldrum -Archives

Territorial Representative to the U.S. House, Joseph M. Carey sent a telegram from Washington to Wyoming extending “hearty congratulations” and proclaiming that Wyoming was now a member of the Union. Image courtesy of Wyoming State Archives. Click image for more information.

The formal celebration of Wyoming’s statehood occurred July 23, 1890. The day’s celebration was specifically recounted in a couple of Wyoming’s newspapers of the time, the July 24, 1890 Cheyenne Daily Sun and the July 27, 1890 Wyoming Commonwealth. The Cheyenne Daily Sun had a headline of “A GREAT DAY.”

A Great Day

Cheyenne Daily Sun, July 24, 1890, p. 1

To celebrate this, the Wyoming State Library has created an online exhibit to commemorate the official statehood celebration. Explore the event through those newspapers, encountering the pomp and circumstance, the distinguished people that were there, the presentations, and the speeches and poem that were given. You will also find some documents, re-created audio of the ceremony, and links to the historic Wyoming newspapers that recounted the event. Join us as we celebrate “A Great Day.”

“The Wyoming State Library is excited to present this online exhibit. With all of its pomp and circumstance, speeches, poem, and presentations, July 23, 1890 was a celebration of the culminating efforts, struggles, and compromises leading up to statehood,” said Thomas Ivie, Research & Statistics Librarian.

Visit the exhibit at


Wyoming NewspapersAbout Wyoming Newspapers

Wyoming Newspapers is a service of the Wyoming State Library to ensure the preservation of historic Wyoming newspapers. Wyoming Newspapers includes over 330 historic Wyoming newspaper titles, the earliest of which is the Chugg Water Journal from 1849. Over 800,000 newspaper pages have been converted from microfilm and paper to a digital format.

For more information about the online exhibit or about Wyoming Newspapers, contact Thomas Ivie, or 307-777-6330.