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August 4, 2006
Contact: Lesley A. Collins

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center Celebrates 4th Anniversary:
Native American storyteller offers special presentations

The National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) will celebrate its Fourth Anniversary on Wednesday, August 9th, 2006 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with special presentations and free admission to all visitors.

The public is invited to participate in the day’s festivities, which will include presentations by Eastern Shoshone storyteller and cultural interpreter Willie LeClair. Mr. LeClair will offer two presentations, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the Trails Center Theater. He will explain tribal and family customs among the Eastern Shoshone people, and interpret a colorful display of handcrafted implements, ceremonial objects, musical instruments, and elements of dress. Mr. LeClair is fluent at Native American sign language, and demonstrates traditional drumming and powwow dancing. He has performed in many venues through the Wyoming Arts Council, and his presentations always encourage audience participation.

Also on tap for the day will be a variety of music, including a 7-piece band of fiddle and banjo players representing tunes from the days of the Westward migrations. A schedule of events will be posted on the NHTIC’s website (www.wy.blm/nhtic) and will be available at the facility’s front desk.

“Every year we give back to the public for their support of the Trails Center,” said Jude Carino, NHTIC Director. “As we begin our fifth year of operation we are grateful to the citizens of Casper, the residents of Wyoming, and visitors from around the world for their enthusiasm and assistance throughout the years. This year the Wyoming Arts Council has generously offered to make it possible for us the bring Willie LeClair to Casper to highlight our Fourth Anniversary!”

The Trails Center is a public-private partnership between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the National Historic Trails Center Foundation, and the City of Casper. For a schedule of events during the anniversary day, stop by the Trails Center front desk at 1501 north Poplar Street. For further information, call 307-261-7780.


Last updated: 03-03-2007