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About - Historic Governors’ Mansion

Description:

Wyoming takes pride in the first residence provided for governors and their families. The home has been the setting for state dinners, first-family christenings, wedding receptions and birthday parties.


History:

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 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. In October 1976, Governor 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.

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Construction of the Mansion

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Kitchen

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Carriage House

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State Guest-Bedroom

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Peach Room *Photo courtesy of Wyoming State Archives*

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Library *Photo courtesy of Wyoming State Archives*

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Mansion exterior during Kendrick administration

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Emerson family *Photo courtesy of Wyoming State Archives*

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*Photo courtesy of Wyoming State Archives*

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First Lady Lorna Simpson in Drawing Room *Photo courtesy of Wyoming State Archives*

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First Lady Eula (Wulfjen) Kendrick

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Drawing Room

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Drawing Room

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Breakfast Nook

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Breakfast Nook in 1937

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Dining Room

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Kitchen during holidays

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Site Status

 

Current Hours: The Mansion is currently under one of our seasonal closures. We will re-open at 4pm on November 16th for our annual Tinsel Through Time exhibit. For more information, please contact staff at 307-777-7878. 

 

Parking: The Mansion is located in a fairly urbanized neighborhood. As such, the Mansion does not have an official parking lot. Instead, visitors are able to access street parking surrounding the building. 

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Hours

 

Winter Hours: (November 18th - December 24th) AND (January 17th - May 31st) 

  • Wednesday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Tuesday: By appointment only

Summer Hours: (June 1st - September 30th):

  • Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sunday - 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Seasonal Closures:

  • October 1st - November 18th
  • December 24th (at noon) - January 17th

 

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