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History, Arts, and Culture

The American West has a rich and complex history. Through our work with scholars of history, anthropology, and the arts, we strive to study the unique culture of the West and highlight the contributions western artists have made to literary, visual, and performing arts.

ArtsWest is new initiative that seeks to highlight classic and contemporary works of literature, film, photography, and visual art from western artists and writers. 

Few episodes in United States history were more transformative than World War II, and in no region did it bring greater change than in the West. 

The Center cosponsors a project endeavoring to uncover the stories of thousands of Chinese migrants who worked to complete the transcontinental railroad between 1865 and 1869.