Wyoming's Forgotten Women's Militia
This month's offering is a free, educational
program hosted by the Cheyenne Genealogical & Historical
Society on Tuesday, November 13th in the 3rd floor Sunflower Room
of the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne.
Local author and historian, Dan Lyon, will reintroduce attendees to the once-
celebrated Wyoming Girl Guard militias in his presentation that highlights the
contributions of Company K and their militia sisters in Company H. In the
summer of 1890, Wyoming advertised it had the only two fully-trained
companies of Girl Guards in the nation. They headlined newspapers from
coast-to-coast and were mentioned in a suffrage article in the prestigious
British publication, The Westminster Review.
One of those companies, Company K, is remembered in
Wyoming history as the Guards of Honor that escorted the Wyoming Statehood
Flag through the dusty streets of Cheyenne during the Statehood Parade. The
other, Company H, is remembered as the Guards of Honor for the Statehood
Float. Since that statehood parade, the generations that followed have
since forgotten the women that "drilled as well as West Point Cadets" and
bested the male militias of their day.
Registration is not necessary for this program, which is open to the public.
The meeting begins at 6:15 p.m. with a short business meeting with the program
scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 630-0924.