2021 Activities and Events:
July 24 – Weekend Activity – Wheelwright and Wagon History
At 11:00 and 3:00 P.M., Doug Hansen of South Dakota Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop fame, will be at Fort Casper where he will share his story as a wheelwright and the fascinating history of wagons along Wyoming trails.
July 25 – Patio Talk – Bruce Berst – The Arms Race of the American Indian Wars - 1pm (Inside)
July 31 & August 1 – Weekend Activity – Pioneer Living History Weekend
Come up and see Casper-area living historian Jean Smart prepare a 19th century homesteading cabin, while other historic period reenactors demonstrate an authentic trail camp.
July 31 – Patio Talk – Civilian Pioneer reenactment with Nic Skalicky and Daniel Mattern - 1pm (Outside)
August 7 – Weekend Activity – Pony Express History
At 1:00 P.M. join in with members of the National Pony Express Association for a special presentation. Come find out how you can become a member of the NPEA and preserve history!
August 7 & 8 – Weekend Activity – Pioneer Living History Weekend with the Merchant Family
Watch as 19th century period reenactors portray a pioneer encampment with all the pioneer necessities for travel along the trails. Live period music will be performed on Aug. 8 at 1 pm.
August 14 – Weekend Activity – Empire: The Pioneer Legacy of an American Ranch Family
Award-winning author Jefferson Glass highlights a new book showcasing the story of the Martin Gothberg family and other early settlers of central Wyoming. Presentation at 1 pm with a book signing to follow.
August 15 – Patio Talk – Independence Rock Fun Facts with Mike Bardgett - 1pm (Inside)
August 21 & 22 – Weekend Activity – 1864 Military Camp with Pioneer Cooking
Join us as period reenactors portray an 1864 Military Camp, while living historians share all the essential basics of Dutch Oven Cooking and how much fun and easy it can be.
August 28 – Weekend Activity – Storytelling Along the Oregon Trail: Pioneer Song
Using monologues, music and actual accounts of pioneer women who made the trek, Omar, and Lori Hansen from the Great Bear Folk Theatre, will recreate the journey of the Oregon Trail in a uniquely personal way.
August 28 – Trail Trek* – Seminoe Cutoff
A major branch of the Oregon Trail, the Seminoe Cutoff allowed pioneers to avoid several crossings of the Sweetwater River, as well the difficult climb up Rocky Ridge.
August 29 – Patio Talk – Partial Collapse of the 1866 Fort Laramie Treaty with Daniel Mattern - 1pm (Inside)
September 25 – Trail Trek* – Independence Rock and Devil’s Gate
Come explore and experience the noted landmarks of Independence Rock and Devil’s Gate as pioneer stories come to life!
Trail Treks* – All trail treks depart at 8:00 a.m. from the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center parking lot: 1501 North Poplar, Casper, WY - unless otherwise noted.
Please bring sack lunches, drinks, sunscreen, and wear appropriate clothing and apparel. Be prepared for inclement weather throughout the day. Transportation to these sites will not be provided and carpooling is encouraged! 4wheel drive and high clearance vehicles are recommended.
For more information and/or to register for any trail trek, please contact Jason Vlcan at 307-261-7783.