Preservation Week starts April 22 and includes a variety of public presentations by cultural organizations throughout Laramie.

On Sunday, April 22nd there will be a free “kick off” event at the Laramie Plains Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. with hands on opportunities to learn about preserving everything from your family’s story, photographs, books and quilts.

Exhibitors include University of Wyoming Libraries, American Heritage Center, The Wyoming Quilt Project, the Laramie Plains Museum, Laramie Railroad Depot Association, UW Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Albany County Public Library, Wyoming Territorial Prison, Albany County Ranch Histories and the West Side League of Neighbors.

Throughout the week, the community can take advantage of free preservation classes, book discussions, a new exhibit at the Territorial Prison State Historic Site, research seminars and genealogy training.

On April 27th at 6 p.m. the Laramie Main Street Alliance will be hosting a walking tour of downtown
focusing on its architectural elements, historic preservation efforts and a brief history of its development as a commercial center.

Tours will meet and leave from the First Street Plaza at the corner of 1st and Grand Ave. Tickets are $10 per person in advance, $15 the day of and can be purchased at the Laramie Main Street Alliance office at 207 Grand Ave. The tour accommodates 20 people so RSVP early!

Here is a look at what else is coming up:

April 22: Book discussion, The People of the Book, at the Laramie Plains Museum from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

April 23: Preserving Family Papers, 1 to 2 p.m. at the American Heritage Center

Preserving Family Books, 2 to 3 p.m. at the American Heritage Center

Preserving Your Family Name, 7 to 9 p.m. UW Campus, Wyoming Union

April 24: Preserving Your Personal Electronic Records, 1 to 2 p.m. American Heritage Center

Preservation and the Archives, 2 to 3 p.m. American Heritage Center

April 25: Research Property Records, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Albany County Courthouse

April 27: Ranch History Preservation, Laramie Plains Museum, 2 to 4 p.m.

Historic Walking Tour of Downtown, 6 p.m.

April 28: Science on the Range, new exhibit at the Wyoming Territorial Prison State Historic Site, 10 to 1 p.m.

Genealogy Training, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Albany County Public Library

For more information about the historic walking tours of downtown, visit the Laramie Main Street Website or call 307-760-3355.

For more information about Preservation Week, email coordinate Janet Woods with the University of Wyoming Libraries at jwoods@uwyo.edu.