I am now a proud member of the Wyoming State Historical Society. WSHS is a non-profit membership driven organization that encourages the study of Wyoming history. The Wyoming State Historical Society was founded in 1953 and has members across Wyoming and the United States. WSHS membership is open to any individual interested in history of Wyoming and the West. WSHS has an excellent website: http://www.wyshs.org/
Since all three volumes of The Iron Horse Chronicles contain numerous scenes occurring in Wyoming, it seemed appropriate that I join the society. I made several research trips into Wyoming while writing the trilogy about Will Braddock and his quest to determine his own destiny at the time of the building of the first transcontinental railroad. Many of the scenes in the books are based on historical events that I have tried to present accurately.
The Wyoming State Historical Society recognizes individuals and organizations in the field of Wyoming History through an awards program. These awards are presented each year at the annual meeting of the Society on the Saturday following Labor Day. I have submitted Bear Claws, The Iron Horse Chronicles–Book Two, for consideration. To be eligible, the book must be “published during the award year and written by an author or group of authors age eighteen or over.” Since Bear Claws was published in November 2015 and the subject is based on historical events in Wyoming, I feel the book qualifies for the 2015 awards program. Keep checking my blog posts to learn if Bear Claws is fortunate enough to win recognition.