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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
 
Release Date: 11/24/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins 307-261-7603    

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Announces Holiday on the Homestead:
Free Event Provides Family Fun


Bundle up and visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) for a day of holiday cheer and family fun.

Children will have the opportunity to make candles at the Trails Center’s “Holiday on the Homestead” winter festival, held on Dec. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Children will have the opportunity to make candles at the Trails Center’s "Holiday on the Homestead" winter festival, held on Dec. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The NHTIC annual “Holiday on the Homestead” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival will feature holiday music, hot apple cider, and a variety of activities, including popcorn stringing and candle dipping. The event is free and open to the public.

“Holiday on the Homestead is a community holiday celebration,” said NHTIC Center Director Mike Abel. “This year, we are offering a variety of family-oriented, educational and fun activities.”

The following is a list of activities for the event:

  • Story Time
    Gather around the Christmas tree for traditional holiday stories. Story times are 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Snowflake competition
    Attention all kids: Visit the snowflake station, and cut out your own paper snowflake. Designs will decorate the Trails Center’s lobby. A judge will award prizes to the most creative, artistic designs, based on three age categories: Age 3-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The snowflake station is open from 10 a.m. to 11:30, and the winners will be announced at 12 p.m. in the theater. Following the competition, the snowflake station will remain open until 2 p.m.
  • Rag Dolls
    Emigrant children on the trails often made their own dolls. Create a unique rag doll with scraps of cloth, stuffing and string from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last.
  • Women’s Circle: Knitting, Crocheting and Quilting
    Learn the traditional arts of quilting, crocheting and knitting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An expert will be on hand to instruct and answer questions. Experienced and beginning artists are invited to bring their yarn and quilting materials, and join in!
  • Popcorn Garlands
    Decorate your Christmas tree with a traditional popcorn garland. The popcorn stringing station will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last.
  • I Cantori, opera band, Casper College Music Department
    Enjoy the sounds of I Cantori, one of Wyoming’s best kept and most delightful secrets. The director is Jean Tichenor, vocal instructor and Music Department chair. The students will perform from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. in the theater.
  • Ana and Friends
    Local musical group Ana and Friends will present traditional holiday string music in the lobby, from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Senior Strings
    A string quartet of talented musicians will perform holiday selections from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Candle Dipping
    Dip a string into wax to create a traditional holiday candle. Parental supervision required. Candle Dipping is from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., or while supplies last.
  • Winter on the Frontier
    Re-enactors in period dress will portray frontier life in the winter from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about “Holiday on the Homestead,” contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The NHTIC is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For additional information call the NHTIC at 307-261-7780.



BLM manages more land -- 253 million acres -- than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.
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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 11-24-2009