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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
 
Release Date: 11/03/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    
  307-261-7603    

Historic Event Rings In Holiday Season


Mark your calendar for Tuesday, Nov. 16! The Capitol Christmas Tree is visiting Casper, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC), located at 1501 North Poplar. The theme of the 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree is “Wyoming - Forever West.”

This year is the first time Wyoming has been the source of the Capitol Christmas Tree. Thousands of ornaments made by Wyoming schoolchildren will decorate the tree as it occupies a place of honor in Washington, D.C. Wyoming volunteers have donated more than 50,000 hours to planning, transporting, and creating decorations for the 2010 Capitol Christmas Tree.

Everyone is invited to view the tree at the NHTIC, and sign banners that will accompany the tree on its 18-day, 4,000-mile national tour enroute to the nation’s capital. Entrance to the Trails Center will be free during the tree’s visit. Sam’s Club will provide refreshments, and the morning will include seasonal music and appearances by special guest dignitaries. Mementos will be offered for sale by the nonprofit Grand Teton Association, including coffee mugs, patches, pins, shirts, and tote bags, all sporting the Capitol Christmas Tree 2010 logo. Proceeds go to support the tree’s journey.

The Casper Chamber of Commerce is coordinating the visit of the Capitol Christmas Tree, which will depart from the Trails Center no later than 11:30 a.m. for several additional stops in Wyoming, before leaving on its cross-country journey.

The last visit to Casper by a Capitol Christmas Tree was in 2002. That year the tree originated in Oregon, and was also celebrated with music and guest speakers at the Trails Center. “This year is especially meaningful for us,” said Trails Center Director Mike Abel. “With a tree from Wyoming decorated by ornaments made by Wyoming school children to grace our nation’s capital, we are honored and grateful to host this unique celebration of the season. We hope all of Casper will turn out!”

For additional information, please call the Casper Area Chamber of Commerce at 307-234-5311, or the Bureau of Land Management’s National Historic Trails Interpretive Center at 307-261-7700. Information is also available online at http://www.capitolchristmastree2010.org/.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect, and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

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, WY. The center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed Sunday through Monday.



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Last updated: 11-03-2010