WYOMING \u2013 Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray announced this week that his office will commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Great Seal of the State of Wyoming. The anniversary began on Thursday, February 8, 2018\u2014exactly 125 years after the Great Seal was adopted in a bill passed by the Second Wyoming Legislature and signed by Governor Osborne on February 8, 1893. 1893 HB23, State Seal \u201cI\u2019m honored to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Great Seal of the State of Wyoming. Our state\u2019s founding strengths and principles \u2014including women\u2019s suffrage\u2014are visible and prominent on the Great Seal. The words and symbols on the seal hold great power and meaning for Wyoming, today, tomorrow, and yesterday. I\u2019m looking forward to continuing to promote our State\u2019s Great Seal on its 125th Anniversary,\u201d said Secretary Murray. The Secretary of State is the custodian of the Great Seal under the Wyoming Constitution. The Great Seal is used to represent the sovereign authority of the State of Wyoming. The seal\u2019s design includes a woman in the center holding a banner proclaiming \u2018Equal Rights,\u2019 symbolizing Wyoming as the first government to grant to women the right to vote and to hold office. On top of the pillars rest lamps from which burn the Light of Knowledge and scrolls encircling the two pillars bear the words \u2018Oil,\u2019 \u2018Mines,\u2019 \u2018Livestock\u2019 and \u2018Grain.\u2019 State Seal trivia: \tNote the number 44 on the seal. It stands for Wyoming as the 44th state admitted to the Union. \tThe two dates on the seal signify the year Wyoming was declared a territory (1869) and the year it was admitted to the Union (July 10, 1890). \tAn eagle is perched on the pedestal of the statute of the \u201cVictory of the Louvre,\u201d from whose wrists hang links of a broken chain, and holding in right hand a staff with a banner. \tThe two lamps rest on top of the pillars representing the \u201cLight of Knowledge.\u201d Sealing the deal On January 10, 1891, the first State Legislature passed an act providing for a State Seal. However, the selected seal design, which left the House with the enrolled act for the Governor to sign, never reached him. The seal design was substituted while on its way to the Governor\u2019s office. The Governor signed the enrolled act unknowingly but once discovered, it caused a scandal. The woman in the design was not wear a flowing robe, the woman in the substituted Seal was in the nude. This Great Seal was never used. The Second Legislature adopted a new Great Seal which was signed into law on February 8, 1893. The Great Seal was then revised by the Sixteenth Legislature in 1921.