Enjoy the glitter, lights and decor that dress the Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion
during the “Tinsel Through Time: Remember When” Exhibit, November 18th to December 24th,
The Historic Governors’ Mansion has partnered with the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens,
the Wall Family, the estate of Iva Bixby, and many more to feature family collections and decor
through the ages. From cookie jars to Santas, holiday villages to salt shakers, this exhibit will be
part of the magical evening as you stroll through the décor and holiday traditions of the
Victorian era up to the groovy 1960s.
“This is a wonderful way to experience holiday traditions from the past,” says
Superintendent Christina Bird. “The lights, decoration and family collections in the rooms will
transport you a bygone era and get you in the holiday spirit.”
The exhibit runs November 19 through December 23, Wednesday through Saturday, 9
am to 5 pm and December 24 from 9 am to noon.
Sponsors include the Traders’ Shopper’s Guide and Visit Cheyenne. Please call 777-
7878 for more information or click here for a full calendar of Holiday
events at the Wyoming Historic Governors’ Mansion!
During the early days of Wyoming’s statehood, Cheyenne’s affluent cattle barons built a series of mansions as a testament to their wealth and success; houses that might be referred to as “trophy homes,” today.
In 1904, 14 years after achieving statehood in 1890, Wyoming built its first governor’s mansion, a modest house compared to the pretentious dwellings built in other parts of downtown Cheyenne. The Governor’s mansion was anything but extravagant, and is located just five blocks from the State Capitol in what was, at the time, a middle class neighborhood.
The Colonial Revival Governor’s “mansion” designed by architect Charles Murdock of Omaha, was never intended to be a show place. Although stately, it was intended to be a comfortable, gracious residence that the people of Wyoming provided their governors and first families.
The two-and-a-half story house with full basement and separate carriage house was completed at a cost of $33,253.29; including the cost of the lot ($3,000), landscaping ($2,036) and all the original furnishings. Modern in most respects, the house was equipped with central plumbing, hot water heat and combination gas and electrical fixtures throughout.
From 1905 to 1976, the mansion was the residence of 19 Wyoming first families. Governors, First Ladies, their children and pets lived and entertained in the home over the course of 71 years. From the First Family to live in the house with their five children, to the nation’s First Female Governor, Nellie Tayloe Ross, the home has been host to family dinners, formal state events and dignitaries from around the country.
Embracing the laid-back Wyoming way of life, the mansion has never been enclosed by a fence and never had on-site security.
In October 1976, then Gov. Ed Herschler moved from what is now called the Historic Governors’ Mansion to the new Governor’s Residence located near Frontier Park. In July 1977, the mansion opened to the public as a historic house museum, embracing the lives and stories of the many people who visited and resided in the home.
To the residents of Wyoming, the Historic Governors’ Mansion is truly the People’s House.