The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) announces the summer evening programs schedule. The one-hour programs are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.
"We are pleased to offer a variety of exciting and engaging programs on Wyoming and pioneer history," said Trails Center Director Mike Abel.
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Chief Joseph of the
Nez Perce. Jim Evans
will present a program about the flight of approximate 750
Nez Perce Indians from the U.S. Army
- July 6: Pioneer Music with Ana, Rachel and Friends
Kim, Ana and Rachel Merchant will strike up the fiddles and banjo as they perform traditional pioneer music and songs. The Merchants live near Casper.
- July 13: Gold Prospecting in Wyoming: Past and Present
Excitement, boom towns and abandonment describe Wyoming’s gold rush. Rick Messina and George Vandal, from the Casper Chapter of the Gold Prospectors Association of America, will discuss the past, present and future outlook for gold prospecting in Wyoming. They will also discuss different methods for finding gold. Messina and Vandal live in Casper.
- July 20: Kit Carson in Wyoming
In 1842, Kit Carson led John C. Fremont through what is now Wyoming. John Farr estimates that Carson walked approximately 50,000 miles throughout the West. Farr will tell the story about how Carson became a fur trapper and famous western mountain man. Farr is president of Grand Encampment Museum and former president of the Kit Carson Home and Museum in Taos, N.M. Farr lives in Encampment. The program is sponsored by the Wyoming Humanities Council and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation.
- July 27: Dutch Oven Cooking
Dutch oven cooking is an important part of western history and culture, and many folks still use Dutch ovens today. Jessica Flock will explore the historical roots, current uses and marvelous meals that are created in a Dutch oven. She will also discuss how to cook three different meals. Flock has 32 years of experience in honing her Dutch oven skills while camping and river running throughout the West. She is a former teacher and children's librarian. Flock lives in Laramie. The program is sponsored by the Wyoming Humanities Council.
- August 3: Climate Change: It's Not All Our Fault
Climate change has been occurring for hundreds of millions of years. Dr. Kent Sundell will present a program on climate change from the perspective of a geologist. Dr. Sundell has been teaching geology and earth science classes at Casper College since 1996. He also teaches a class on climate change. Between 2003 and 2008, Dr. Sundell served as chairman of the Wyoming Board of Professional Geologists, appointed by former Governor Dave Freudenthal. Dr. Sundell lives in Casper.
- August 10: Climate Change: Paying for Climate Change Policy
Dr. James Shogren will explore the past, present, and future of climate change policy. He will examine the benefits, costs and risks of action and inaction in a carbon-constrained world. He thinks of climate policy as “planet insurance,” and will discuss the underlying economic principles that help drive our individual and collective decisions on energy supply and demand. Dr. Shogren is the department chair and Stroock Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management at the University of Wyoming. He was among a group of scientists that won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 along with former Vice President Al Gore. Dr. Shogren lives in Laramie.
- August 24: The Nez Perce Trail: Exodus, Captivity and Return
In 1877, the flight of the Nez Perce Indians from the U.S. Army is one of the most fascinating and sorrowful events in western history. The Nez Perce National Historic Trail stretches from Oregon to the Bear Paw Battlefield of Montana. Part of the route winds through what is now Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. Jim Evans, executive director of the Nez Perce Trail Foundation, will present a program about the human spirit and will of the Nez Perce, and how nearly 750 men, women and children evaded the U.S. Army and capture for over 1,100 miles. Evans lives in Salmon, Idaho.
- August 31: All aboard! Wyoming: The Railroad State
Trains played a vital role in the development of the West. In the 1860s, powerful locomotives gradually replaced covered wagons. Greg Nickerson will discuss how railroads helped shape the history of Wyoming. Nickerson is a historian and journalist from Laramie. The program is sponsored by the Wyoming Humanities Council.
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, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on seasonal hours, and is open Tuesday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.