Casper's Tom Rea to present "Treaties of 1868" Saturday at the Trails Center

CASPER, Wyo. – The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is kicking off its stacked summer lineup with two special programs this Saturday, May 21.

Natrona County JROTC students will showcase “The Evolution of the Military Uniform” at 11 a.m., displaying how military attire has changed over the decades starting with the Civil War and continuing through present day. Students will model each uniform and give a brief overview of its history.

Following at 2 p.m., the Trails Center welcomes back local writer and historian Tom Rea and his presentation of “The Fort Bridger and Fort Laramie Treaties of 1868.” 1868 was a significant year for relations between Native Americans and whites in the West as the U.S. government signed treaties with the Eastern Shoshone people in Fort Bridger and the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Sioux, and other tribes in Fort Laramie. In his presentation, Rea outlines how the treaties came to be signed, how they were both understood and misunderstood at the same time, and why they still matter today.

Rea lives in Casper with his family and is a freelance writer and editor of For more than a decade he covered politics, education, and science with the Casper Star Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

For more information or to learn more about the Trails Center’s weekend programs, please call the Trails Center at (307) 261-7700 or visit

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is open 7 days a week from 8 am to 5 pm MST.
1501 N Poplar St., Casper, WY 82601.

Admission is Free


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