Volunteer and stage coach at the Trails Center in Casper, Wyoming. Volunteers assist with the river crossing reenactment at the Trails Center in Casper, Wyoming. Volunteer at the Trails Center in Casper, Wyoming. The Inscription Wall in the Trails Center showcases exact replicas of emigrant names found along the trails. Volunteer with school children at the Trails Center in Casper, Wyoming.
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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center

2010 History Club

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December: Pioneer Family Party

The members celebrated the holidays with the pioneer skills of cooking, crafts, and self entertainment. Members prepared their own lunches, learning that ample time is needed when preparing food from scratch (Yes, the soup needed a few more hours to blend together.) Younger members cut noodles for the soup while older members prepared the soup bases. Then members created crafts to decorate their homes and trees. A gift exchange of homemade gifts was held, and members were able to see the remarkable skills of other members. Finally, all participated in a gift of kindness by helping decorate sugar cookies to donate to seniors in the local community.

Pioneer Party.

November: Mountain Men Re-enactment

Research, construct, and re-enact. Students researched the stories of the famous mountain man they would portray. Then they constructed cardboard mountains and newspaper costumes. Finally they braved the mountains and dangerous encounters to re-enact their mountain man's story .

Mountain men re-enactment.

October: Outdoor Play

Let's go outside for a few hours of free play! The children elected to play camouflage in the tall grasses and cacti.


September: WY Hunting & Fishing Heritage Expo

Groups toured the grounds of the Casper Events Center for the 2010 Wyoming Hunting & Fishing Heritage Expo. Some students participated in activities to win a fishing pole and tackle; others enjoyed water sport or hunting and fishing lessons. All discovered the diversity of Wyoming’s outdoor offerings.

Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Expo.

August: Ft. Caspar

Members discovered new facts and information at Ft. Caspar while completing activities to become Junior Rangers. Some dressed up in Pony Express outfits and others exited the buildings to delight in the wonderful weather on the outer grounds.

Ft. Caspar

July: Trail Ride

Club members and invited guests from the community participated on a trail ride, old-school style. Mikel Carmen led the group along the historical pathway of the early 1900’s westward migration. Children hiked and discovered how the emigrants spent their days traveling. Music and food cumulated in a celebration at the end of the ride.

Trail Ride.

June: Audubon Center

Blue skies, warm weather and chirping birds greeted history club members as they visited the Audubon Center for a day of hiking and journaling. Members first practiced their journaling skills during quite outdoor time. Then Jason and Carli pointed out native fauna, insects and birds along the grassy trails. 

Hiking at the Audubon Center.

May:  Hand Washing the Laundry

Members learned the hard task of hand washing dirty laundry. Fingers and arms turned blue from the cold water and rapid scrubbing. Photos were taken by club members in their self-documentation of activities.

Clothes line.

April:  Women’s Chores

“Groan,” all the boys mumbled. Students experimented with making butter, cooking and sewing. The children had to cook breakfast without adult guidance and sew simple shapes onto a cloth. The tasks were not as simple as previously believed; and all learned that hotcakes with too much baking soda are not fun to eat.


Making Hotcakes.

March:  Animal Tracks

What’s the difference between a dog and a cat track? Members studied the animal tracks of local native species. They also learned how to mix and pour casts.


Animal track molds.

February:  Cowboys

Students learned figure eights, hitches, constrictors and squares this month. They were not competing in Olympic ice skating, but instead were learning a useful cowboy skill: knotting. Once we were able to successfully able to drag a chair, everyone then practiced their skills with a lariat. Some only came up with the tail end, but everyone had a successful smile.

Roping practice.