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National Historic Trails Interpretive Center
Release Date: 11/22/10
Contacts: Lesley Collins    

Trails Center Announces Holiday on the Homestead:
Free Event Provides Family Fun

Bundle up and visit the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC) for a day of holiday cheer and family fun. The event is free and open to the public.

The Trails Center’s annual "Holiday on the Homestead" will be held on Saturday, Dec 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival will feature holiday music, and a variety of activities, including making paper snowflakes and ornaments, and dipping pretzels into chocolate melted in a Dutch oven at the Prairie Sweet Shop.

"Holiday on the Homestead is a community holiday celebration," said Trails Center Director Mike Abel. "We are offering a variety of family-oriented, educational and fun activities."

The following is a list of activities for the event:

  • Design a quilt square
    For pioneers, quilts were practical works of art. They provided warmth and beauty. Help create the Trails Centers paper quilt! Fashion your own holiday design on a square. The squares will be assembled to construct a colorful quilt that will decorate the Trails Center’s lobby.
  • Picture of rag dolls made.

    Children will have the opportunity to create rag dolls at the Trails Center's "Holiday on the Homestead" winter festival, held on Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Make a rag doll
    Emigrant children on the trails often made their own dolls. Create a unique rag doll with scraps of cloth, stuffing, and string.
  • Create an ornament
    Decorate wooden ornaments for your Christmas tree. Natural, wooden medallions will be provided for decoration, (while supplies last). 
  • Decorate a cookie
    Decorate your own sugar cookie with frosting and sprinkles (while supplies last).
  • Visit the Prairie Sweet Shop
    Stop by the Prairie Sweet Shop and dip pretzels into melted chocolate. A Trails Center pioneer reenactor will melt the chocolate in Dutch ovens (while supplies last).
  • Take family photos in pioneer clothes
    Dress up in pioneer clothes for old-time, family photos. A pioneer reenactor and professional photographer will assist families in dressing up in traditional pioneer clothing for photographs. Participants must provide a digital camera for photos.
  • Carve a snow flake
    Visit the snowflake station, and cut out your own paper snowflake. Designs will decorate the Trails Center’s lobby.
  • Listen to holiday stories
    Gather around the rocking chair as a Trails Center volunteer reads traditional holiday stories.
  • I Cantori, opera band, Casper College Music Department
    Enjoy the sounds of I Cantori, one of Wyoming’s best-kept and most delightful secrets. The students will perform 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
  • "Buffalo Bill" Boycott presents "A Cowboy Christmas"
    This program offers holiday songs, stories, poems, and entertaining skits in the festive spirit of the cowboys and pioneers of the Old West. Boycott is an award-winning artist who lives in Lander. He will deliver two performances: 11 to 11:30 a.m., and 1 to 1:30 p.m.
  • Ana, Rachel and Friends
    Local musical group Ana, Rachel and Friends will present traditional holiday string music in the lobby from 12 to 12:30 p.m.

For more information about "Holiday on the Homestead," contact Alex Rose at the NHTIC, (307) 261-7700.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

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 winter hours, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 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.

National Historic Trails Interpretive Center   1501 North Poplar St.      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 11-22-2010