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August 1, 2007

Contact: Lesley A. Collins
307-261-7603

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Commemorates Five Years in Casper

Celebrates with free admission, special events, and re-dedication of building

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will celebrate its 5th anniversary with three days of special events, beginning Thursday, August 9, 2007.

The public is invited to help the Bureau of Land Management and National Historic Trails Center Foundation celebrate the 5th anniversary by joining in the three-day festival, August 9th - 11th. Each day features a variety of special events, including a wagon encampment, living history demonstrations, period music, special presentations, and a re-dedication of the facility. All events and NHTIC admission is free each day.

Thursday, August 9th marks the date of the facility’s Grand Opening in 2002. That date will be commemorated with a re-dedication, including a panel discussion of how the facility developed from an idea to a reality and a re-dedication ceremony with invited speakers. The re-dedication is set to start at 1 p.m. Senator John Barrasso will be attending the ceremony and Representative Barbara Cubin will be the keynote speaker.

Friday’s activities highlight special speakers and living history demonstrations, and Saturday will feature outdoor and indoor presentations. A schedule of events is posted on the NHTIC website: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/NHTIC.html.

“Our Fifth Anniversary highlights the dedication of all the people who helped make this a reality and those who currently serve to continue to make the Center an amazing experience for all who visit.” said Jude Carino, Director of the Center.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The Foundation consists of a dedicated group of people who raised the funds for the NHTIC exhibits and building, and continues to facilitate the enhancements and maintenance of those exhibits. BLM staffs and operates the building. In addition, more than 40 people volunteer at the Center, serving as cashiers, exhibit docents, and tour guides.

For more information contact the NHTIC at 307-261-7780. The facility is located at 1501 North Poplar Street, Casper.

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