Young Historians Honored for Projects

Wyoming State Young Historian winner Andrew Mathis of Sheridan. Dad Mike Mathis is behind him. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair, who was in Pinedale recently to receive an award from the Wyoming State Historical Society, continues her coverage of other local residents who received awards.

Two Sheridan youth were recognized as Young Historians by the Wyoming State Historical Society last weekend for their projects. And a youth from Newcastle was honored for his creation of a map for a site in Johnson County.

14-year-old Andrew Mathis received second place for his creation of two videos that will be used at the Trail End State Historic Site in Sheridan. I had a chance to visit with Andrew and learn more about his work.

The videos are designed for viewing by school groups who visit the mansion, and they also can be viewed online.

The second Sheridan winner was Aubrey Cooper, who received honorable mention for creating a mock-up of a potential museum exhibit of the Heart Mountain Internment Camp where Japanese families were held during World War II.

The Newcastle winner was 10-year-old Joshua Sellers, who researched Fort Phil Kearny, wrote a brief paper on the military facility in northern Johnson County, and hand-drew a map. I also had chance to visit with him about his project.

He said the project didn't take him that long, but he did have a deadline of March 2. His project earned him second place in the state historical society's Junior Activities category.

Joshua Sellers of Newcastle received award for mapping Fort Phil Kearny. (Photo by Pat Blair)