2021 Activities and Events:
May 29 – Weekend Activity – Wyoming Historic Preservation Month
At 1:00 P.M. Spencer Pelton, University of Wyoming Anthropology faculty member and the Wyoming State Archaeologist, will deliver a special presentation on historic trail preservation.
May 29 – Trail Trek* – County Roads 308/319 from Casper to Prospect Hill (Oregon Trail Road)
The focus for this trek will be on trail preservation to coincide with celebrating Wyoming’s Historic Preservation month. Spencer Pelton, Wyoming State Archeologist will present after the trek at 1 p.m. at the NHTIC on current trail preservation.
June 5 & 6 – Weekend Activity – Pioneer Living History Weekend
Join us as David Osmundsen fires up his forge and demonstrates blacksmithing, and a Merchant family pioneer encampment takes us back in time with games and live music.
June 5 – Trail Trek* – Rocky Ridge
A notable area along the pioneer trail by many trail diarists, Rocky Ridge was difficult to ascend and layered with rocky outcrop formations. In 1856, a rescue party reached the Willie Handcart Company in blinding snow.
June 12 & 13 – Weekend Activity – Fur Trade Living History Weekend
Living historians and reenactors Nic Skalicky and Russ Gilroy will showcase in period costume the skills and tools needed to survive during the Fur Trade Era in Wyoming.
June 19 – Weekend Activity – 1st Annual Trailblazin’ 5K - Sponsored by the National Historic Trails Center Foundation
This special 5K is hosted by the National Historic Trails Center Foundation and will start at the NHTIC and follow the Platte River Trail. Living history reenactors will perform for walkers/runners along the route.
June 20 – Patio Talk – Tom Rea - The Flight of the Utes Across Wyoming, 1906 - 1pm (Inside)
June 25 & 26 – Weekend Activity – Summer Adventure Days on Muddy Mountain
Located at the Bureau of Land Management Muddy Mountain Environmental Education area, this two-day event will feature a wide variety of family fun activities in an outdoor setting.
June 27 – Patio Talk – Independence Rock Fun Facts with Mike Bardgett - 1pm (Inside)
July 3 – Weekend Activity – Native American Artist Demonstration and Live Pioneer Music
Gerald Cournoyer, member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and accomplished painter, will demonstrate his art and Hank Cramer will provide live period banjo, guitar and vocal music.
July 04 – Patio Talk – The History of Company I with Daniel Mattern - 1pm (Inside)
July 10 – Weekend Activity – Native American History Weekend
At 1:00 P.M., Willie LeClair, member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe of the Wind River Indian Reservation, will present on Eastern Shoshone traditions and lifeways.
July 11 – Weekend Activity – Native American History Weekend
Donovin Sprague, a Minnicoujou Lakota from the Hump and Crazy Horse family and acclaimed author of 10 books, will present at 1 pm on Lakota and Cheyenne History on the Bozeman Trail & at Platte Bridge. Book signings will follow the presentation.
July 11 – Author Presentation and Book Signing – Jerry Enzler
Jerry Enzler will be at the Trails Center at 3 pm todo a book signing and present his book, "Jim Bridger: Trailblazer of the American West"
July 17 – Weekend Activity – Songs from the Oregon Trail
At 1:00 P.M. the celebrated musical duo of “Buffalo Bill” and Dr. Jo will perform exciting songs about life on the Oregon Trail.
July 17 – Trail Trek* – Trail sites near Fort Laramie and Guernsey, WY
Noted sites will include pioneer graves, trail ruts and markers, and Register Cliff.
July 18 – Patio Talk – Bruce Berst – Dr. Dumas and the Snake oil Salesman - 1pm (Inside)
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 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.