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June 2, 2006
Contact: Gayle M. Irwin

NHTIC Celebrates American Antiquities Act Anniversary with Special Exhibit

A new temporary exhibit is scheduled for display beginning June 8, 2006 at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC). Eight colorful panels explain the science of archeology and invite viewers to explore opportunities to get involved in preserving cultural sites.

“Each federal land management agency has a program that engages the public in archeological discovery and cultural resource protection,” said Jude Carino, Director of the BLM facility. “Through this exhibit we hope to encourage visitors to see the value of scientific examination of fragile sites that represent our common heritage as a nation.”

The new exhibit will highlight the disciplines that give archeology its lasting usefulness in understanding past human activity. Various elements of the exhibit describe the tools and techniques that archeologists use to uncover evidence about how people lived and responded to changing environmental conditions over time.

Designed and produced through a joint effort of the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service, the exhibit’s opening is timed to commemorate the Centennial of the June 8, 1906 signing of the American Antiquities Act. That legislation provided specific protections for cultural sites on federal lands, and gave the office of the President authority to designate National Monuments where compelling resources exist on public lands. The Antiquities Act was used by Theodore Roosevelt to declare Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming as the nation’s first National Monument, on September 24, 1906.

For more information contact the NHTIC at 307-261-7780. The Trails Center, located at 1501 North Poplar Street in Casper, is open seven days per week from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The facility is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Land Management, the National Historic Trails Center Foundation and the City of Casper.


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