Cook and camp like a pioneer this weekend at the Trails Center

CASPER, Wyo. – Step back in time this weekend with tasty Dutch oven treats and an 1864 military camp at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.

August 21 and 22, stop by and learn about the gear, marches, medicine, and daily life of a soldier on the Historic Trails as living historian Nic Skalicky and his troops transport visitors back into an 1864 military camp.

Be sure to bring your appetite to learn from living historian Jean Smart, who will demonstrate pioneer Dutch oven cooking. Smart specializes in handmade clothes and homecooked foods and her love for trail history is baked into every dish.

“This weekend showcases some of our excellent volunteers sharing their passion for trails history,” says Trails Center Director Dennis Kuhnel. “The Trails Center is fortunate to have such dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers who breathe new life into our Historic Trails.”

Saturday Event Schedule:  

  • 8 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony 
  • 10 a.m. Infantry Drill. All are welcome to join our youth program as we train on Drill & Ceremonies of the Frontier Army 
  • 12 p.m. 1860s Military Medicine with Living Historian Nic Skalicky 
  • 2 p.m. Dutch Oven Cooking with Living Historian Jean Smart 
  • 4 p.m. Military Dance Presentation 
  • ALL DAY Graces & Pioneer Games Tournaments 

Sunday Event Schedule: 

  • 8 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony 
  • 10 a.m. Dutch Oven Cooking with Living Historian Jean Smart 
  • 1 p.m. 1860s Military Medicine with Living Historian Nic Skalicky 
  • ALL DAY Graces & Pioneer Games Tournaments 

For more information, please call 307-261-7700.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is open 7 days a week from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MST.
1501 N Poplar St., Casper, WY 82601.
Admission is Free


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