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Release Date: 06/18/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins,    

Trails Center Announces Morning and Afternoon Patio Talks for June and July

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) is hosting new morning and afternoon programs on a variety of subjects pertaining to Wyoming’s natural and cultural history. The 30-minute talks are free and are held on the Trails Center’s patio.

“These talks will help enrich the visitor experience during our busy summer season,” said Trails Center Director Mike Abel. “We encourage the local community to participate in these family-friendly programs.”
A schedule of the talks for June and July follows:

  • June 20, 1 p.m.; June 28, 1 p.m.

Trail Tidbits:  The Great Platte River Road
Serving as the grand corridor of America’s westward expansion, the Great Platte River Road through Nebraska and Wyoming functioned as an important primitive superhighway for the covered wagon migration during the 1840s through 1870. A number of famous trails converged in the broad valley of the Platte, where numerous Native American tribes called home. Climb aboard as we travel along the Great Platte River Road!

  • June 21, 1 p.m.; July 5, 1 p.m.

Of Man and Beast:  Native Americans and Buffalo
The Plains Indians utilized virtually every part of the buffalo; A bladder functioned as a canteen, a stomach converted into a cooking vessel, and a bone shaped into a knife. A BLM interpreter shows different parts and uses of the buffalo. Ultimately, the destinies of the buffalo and the Plains Indians were linked.

  • June 27, 10 a.m.

Emigrants and their quilts:  Practical Works of Art
Emigrants carefully pieced together scraps of fabric that provided warmth for their families as they traveled the western trails. Learn more about emigrants and their quilts--practical works of art.

  • June 27, 1 p.m.; July 18, 1 p.m.

Children’s Tales from the Trails
A BLM interpreter recounts the sights, sounds, and adventures of the trails as seen through the eyes of the children. An emigrant child’s perspective brings a clear, innocent reality not seen in the accounts of adults.

  • July 4, 1 p.m.; July 19, 1 p.m.

Mapping the West: Fantasy, Fear, and Fact
Imagine a time when Europeans believed that California was an island or when early American explorers thought that the Rocky Mountains could only be crossed by foot. This program recognizes the map makers and their contributions to the exploration and settling of the American West.

  • July 11, 1 p.m.

The Prairie Dog: Precious Pestilence?
Prairie dogs are a significant component of grassland ecosystems and rank high on any list of rangeland management issues. The program covers recent research findings and its implications and arguments for and against prairie dog population management and preservation.

  • July 25 and 26, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Courageous Scapegoat: Caspar Collins in Perspective
Join us in marking the 144th anniversary of the Battle of Platte Bridge, as we consider events that led to the fateful role played by Lieutenant Caspar Collins on the stage of history. Discover what might be learned from his sacrifice and that of others on a hot, dusty day in July 1865, within sight of the present day National Historic Trails Interpretive Center.

For more information about patio talks, contact Jason Vlcan at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7780.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on summer hours and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-18-2009