Trails Center to present "Life and Times of Reverend De Smet" Saturday

CASPER, Wyo. – Visit the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center this Saturday, November 19 for a special program on Wyoming’s famous “father”, Pierre-Jean De Smet. At 11 a.m., park ranger Michael Bardgett will present “The Life and Times of Reverend De Smet, S.J.”

Reverend De Smet, or Father De Smet, was considered by many to be the most famous of the great Belgian missionaries to the Americas. Known among Native American tribes as a “true friend to the Indians,” he served his church and the peoples of the Great Plains as a translator and ambassador for peace. Father De Smet was also known as the one to nickname Independence Rock as “The Great Register of the Desert” in 1841.

Bargett has more than 15 years of experience interpreting the history of Independence Rock. Join him Saturday as he presents on an extraordinary man who left his mark of kindness and persuasion on the history of the West.

For more information, please call the Trails Center at 307-261-7700.

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST.
1501 N Poplar St., Casper, WY 82601.

Admission is Free

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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